Posted on: June 12, 2011 7:21 pm
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:32 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates -- The Pirates evened their record at 30-30 on the season in large part because of their center fielder. McCutchen had a hand in all three of the Pirates' run, including the walk-off homer in the 12th. McCutchen's sacrifice fly in the third gave the Pirates an early lead and then he extended the game in the 10th when he doubled and scored on Neil Walker's single. He ended the game in the 12th with his shot off Zach Kroenke to lead off the inning.
Ryan Dempster, Cubs -- The Cubs warmed up Rodrigo Lopez just in case Dempster couldn't start because of a pain he felt in his hip before the game. Turns out, he was fine -- allowing just one run on three hits in six innings, striking out eight and ending the Cubs' eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati. With the win, Dempster now has 107 career wins, the second-most by any Canadian player -- just 177 behind Ferguson Jenkins.
Ben Revere, Twins -- Starting in the place of Denard Span, Revere led off against the Indians and finished with three singles. All three of his singles figured in the Twins' three runs of the day, as he drove in two and scored one. His two-out single in the 10th scored Drew Butera and gave Minnesota the victory.
Don Kelly, Tigers -- Kelly had a solo homer to put the Tigers on the board in the first inning, but then with bases loaded in the third inning, he air mailed a throw home on Craig Gentry's grounder to third, allowing a run to score. Covering home on the play, he couldn't come up with the throw from the catcher, as Chris Davis scored to give Texas a 2-1 lead. Josh Hamilton followed with a two-run double. That's all Alexi Ogando needed in a 7-3 Rangers win.
Danny Duffy, Royals -- One of Kansas City's vaunted rookie class is having a tough go of it so far in the big leagues. Duffy gave up five runs and eight hits while walking four in his four innings in Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Blue Jays. Duffy is now 0-2 with a 5.55 ERA in five starts.
Oakland Athletics -- The A's have now lost nine in a row. During their slide, the team has scored 26 runs and allowed 53, being shut out twice. It's their longest losing streak since a 10-game slide in July, 2008. They head to Chicago to begin a four-game series with the White Sox on Thursday.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: May 29, 2011 1:46 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Let's play two -- Nearly gone are the days of the scheduled doubleheader (the A's have one next month), but Mother Nature can still provide us with the occasional twin bill. The Tigers are calling up hard-throwing left-hander Andy Oliver (left) to face Clay Buchholz in what looks like the pitching matchup undercard, as Justin Verlander faces Josh Beckett in the nightcap. The two aces faced each other 10 days ago, with neither starter factoring in the decision of the 4-3 Boston victory. Saturday's rainout was the fourth in the last nine home games for the Tigers. The forecast for today has a 40 percent chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms later this afternoon, so both teams will be keeping their fingers crossed that it stays dry. Red Sox at Tigers, 1:05 p.m. ET (Watch live) and 7:05 p.m. ET
Search for first -- The Mariners, owners of the worst record in the American League last season, enter Sunday's game against the Yankees just a half-game out of first place in the American League West. To reach first today, the Mariners need the Royals to beat the Rangers and overcome Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who is 9-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 17 career starts against Seattle. Sabathia's coming off his first complete game of the season, while Mariners lefty Justin Vargas is coming off a rough outing in Minnesota where he didn't make it into the fifth inning. Yankees at Mariners, 4:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)
We're going sweeping? -- For all of the Pirates' problems in the last, say 18 years, beating the Cubs hasn't been an issue in the last year or so. Since Sept. 30, 2009, Pittsburgh is 16-6 against Chicago and 11-5 at Wrigley Field. The tally is 4-1 for both entries into the ledge this season. Right-hander Jeff Karstens is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six starts (and two relief appearances) against the Cubs in his career -- and 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts (and one relief appearance) at Wrigley Field. He faces off against Ryan Dempster, who lost to the Pirates on opening day. Pirates at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. ET (Watch live)For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: May 3, 2011 11:17 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 11:19 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Ethier had grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, in the first inning.
With the signle past Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney into right, Ethier tied Zack Wheat for the second-longest hitting streak in Dodgers history. Wheat hit in 29 games in 1916. The team record is 31, set by Willie Davis in 1969.
Ethier will go for 30 tomorrow in a day game against Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. Ethier is hitting .444/.500/.500 in his career against Zambrano, with eight hits in 18 at-bats, with one double and two walks.
Posted on: May 3, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: May 3, 2011 5:06 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Streak watch -- Ryan Dempster is the pitcher trying to stop the hitting streak of Dodgers' outfielder Andre Ethier. Last night, Ethier's fifth-inning infield single against Cubs starter James Russell extended his hitting streak to 28 games. Ethier is hitting a healthy .350/.435/.700 in 23 career plate appearances against Dempster, with seven hits, including four doubles and a homer in 20 at-bats. Dempster managed just one out while facing 10 hitters in his last outing, Thursday against the Diamondbacks. Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
Another streak -- Call Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez the anti-Ethier -- Ibanez has gone 14 days and 34 at-bats without a hit. Ibanez is batting sixth for the Phillies tonight against Washington's Livan Hernandez. Ibanez is 2 for 7 (.286) in his career against Hernandez with no extra-base hits. Nationals at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET
One star in, one star out -- Evan Longoria makes his return from the disabled list tonight, but another star, Jose Bautista is not in the line for the Blue Jays tonight. Bautista left Sunday's game because of stiffness in his neck and the team was off on Monday. Rajai Davis is playing right field for the Blue Jays in Bautista's place, with Corey Patterson in center. Blue Jays at Rays, 6:40 p.m. ETFor more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:26 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Ben Zobrist, Rays -- Zobrist had 10 RBI on Thursday, eight in the first game of the doubleheader and two more in the nightcap in a sweep of the Twins. Zobrist was 4 for 6 with two doubles and a homer in the first game, and was 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the second.
Brian Vogelsong, Giants -- The right-hander won his first game since Sept. 14, 2005. The 33-year-old made his first big league start since 2004. He spent some time in Japan before coming back to the U.S. last year, when he pitched in the Phillies and Dodgers systems before signing a minor-league contract this spring. He made two relief appearances in the last two weeks before pitching in Barry Zito's spot in the rotation, where he allowed just two runs on four hits while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings against his old team, the Pirates.
Lance Berkman, Cardinals -- Against his old team, Berkman hit a three-run homer from the right side of the plate and an RBI single from the left side -- in the sixth inning alone. He added a solo homer (from the left side) in the ninth inning, going 4 for 5 with two homers on the night.
Royals pitching -- Kansas City starter Kyle Davies gave up four home runs to the Indians on Thursday, making it 17 homers surrendered by Royals pitchers in the six-game road trip through Texas and Cleveland.
Ryan Dempster, Cubs -- The best thing you can say about Dempster's outing on Thursday was it didn't last long. Dempster lasted just one out, but gave up seven runs on four hits, four walks and a hit batter before he was yanked. The big blow was Stephen Drew's grand slam.
Eduardo Nunez, Yankees -- Derek Jeter certainly has his critics when it comes to his defense, but those complaints are usually about his range. Nunez got the start at shortstop for the Yankees on Thursday and bobbled the first play of the game, letting Brent Lillibridge reach on an error. He added a throwing error in the seventh inning.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:52 pm
By Matt Snyder
BASEBALL TODAY: Will Kyle McClellan remain perfect on the season? Can Ryan Dempster get back on track? Will Jon Lester get the Red Sox a much needed win? I joined Lauren Shehadi to discuss some of Thursday's more intriguing starting pitchers.
DISABLED DELMON: Twins outfielder Delmon Young hadn't played since April 18, but was hoping to avoid a DL stint. Instead, he's been unable to to get loose during batting practice and the Twins finally saved and placed him on the DL, retroactive to April 19. That's quite a while the Twins played short-handed, and they've been doing so pretty much all season anyway. At some point, expect their fortunes to turn. It all has to even out, right? (MLB.com )
SLOGGING SOX: The White Sox have gotten the bad end of basestealing this season offensively and defensively. They've allowed opposing runners to swipe 19 bags in 21 chances while only converting 14 of 30 attempts of their own. That's a vast discrepancy. The latter part of the equation is especially tough to understand with Juan Pierre in the lineup, considering he stole 68 of 86 last season. He's only five of 11 thus far in 2011. Of course, manager Ozzie Guillen had his usually colorful explanation on the matter: "We don't have that many people on base, so maybe we forgot how to run the bases." (Chicago Sun-Times )
THERIOT BACK SOON: The Cardinals don't expect Ryan Theriot to need a trip to the disabled list with his current ribcage injury. He may even take the field Thursday against the Astros. (StLtoday.com )
BELT BACK IN OUTFIELD? One of the reasons the Giants were said to have initially brought Brandon Belt to the majors on the opening day roster was that he was a superior first baseman. Of course, it also pushed Aubrey Huff into right field, where he's a butcher. So when Belt returns, it will reportedly be as an outfielder. He'd likely fit on either corner. The move only sounds like it would be for early in Belt's career, as general manager Brian Sabean said: "We know he can play first base." (SFgate.com )
LOGAN'S CAST: Logan Morrison of the Marlins recently got a cast off his injured foot. He's now selling the cast on eBay with proceeds going to the American Lung Association. That's not all, as he had the cast signed by every member of the Marlins -- except Hanley Ramirez.
CUDDYER ON MINORS: Twins slugger Michael Cuddyer writes a column for FOX Sports North, and in his latest installment he discusses the minor leagues, specifically how much it makes him appreciate the majors. He goes through the differences of each level, specifically how travel, food and lodging all get better with each promotion. I especially enjoyed this part about Class A: "I was only 19 and excited to start my professional career, so I really didn’t mind the six-hour bus ride to Clinton, Iowa. I didn’t mind the Econo Lodge that had a hole in the floor where I could see the room below me. I didn’t even mind the $12 per diem we received for all three meals. I didn’t know any better — I just thought it was great that I got to play baseball every day." (fsnorth.com )
AARDSMA STILL NOT READY: Mariners closer David Aardsma is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma. It was his fourth outing, but he still wasn't right -- as he gave up a walk and triple to begin the inning. According to manager Eric Wedge, the Mariners are going to "give him the time that he needs to just get more comfortable being on the mound." (Seattle Times )
CEDENO OUT, WOOD IN: Pirates shortstop Ronny Cedeno was benched Wednesday night for the second straight game and it was said to be a "manager's decision" by skipper Clint Hurdle. Tuesday night, Cedeno entered as a pinch-runner and was caught stealing. Later in the game, he received an at-bat and grounded out to third. He must have thought the ball was foul, because he didn't run it out. Interestingly, the once-touted-now-maligned Brandon Wood got the start at short in each of the past two games. It's early and a small sample, but Wood is showing some good signs. He's hitting .250 with a double, two runs and two RBI. The best news, however, is that he's walked twice and only struck out once, giving him a .400 on-base percentage. (Bucco Blog )
BELTRE SUSPENDED BY Rangers: Yeah, if it was Adrian he'd get his own story. We're talking about 21-year-old Rangers prospect Engel Beltre. What happened was Double-A Frisco of the Texas League had a would-be go-ahead home run overturned and ruled a double in the ninth inning of a recent game. Both the manager and pitching coach were ejected in the aftermath. Then water bottles began to be thrown on the field by fans and a plastic trash can was hurled into the stands by Beltre. “It is definitely not something we condone,’’ Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It is a black eye for all involved.’’ (ESPN Dallas )
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Tags: AL Central, AL East, AL West, Alexi Ogando, Brandon Belt, Brandon Wood, Cardinals, Cubs, David Aardsma, Delmon Young, Engel Beltre, Giants, Jon Lester, Kyle McClellan, Logan Morrison, Mariners, Marlins, Michael Cuddyer, NL Central, NL East, NL West, Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Dempster, Ryan Theriot, Twins, White Sox
Posted on: April 16, 2011 6:25 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Carlos Gonzalez is out of the Rockies' lineup for tonight's game against the Cubs with a stiff lower back.
Gonzalez told Troy Renck of the Denver Post he should be fine tomorrow.
Gonzalez has struggled so far this season, hitting just .241/.288/.333 with one homer. That, he said, has nothing to do with his back.
"I am not swinging at strikes. I need to get back to that, and be more patient," he said. "I am playing good defense, but I am not helping the team offensively at all."
Gonzalez has just one hit in 14 at-bats against left-handers, and is hitting .300/.364/.425 against right-handers. His lone homer was against Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey on Thursday. He'll miss right-hander Casey Coleman tonight, but he'll face right-hander Ryan Dempster if he's able to play tomorrow.