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Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Izturis breaks up Verlander no-no in eighth

By Matt Snyder

The trade deadline is coming very, very soon, but Justin Verlander tried to steal the show on this Sunday. The Tigers' ace did not allow a hit through 7 2/3 innings against the Angels. He threw his second career no-hitter earlier this season (May 7 at Toronto) and is one of the top pitchers in baseball, so things like this come as little surprise these days.

An interesting movement, after a near-brawl in the bottom of the seventh inning -- in which Jered Weaver was ejected -- Erick Aybar led off the Angels' eighth with an attempted bunt for a hit. Verlander fielded the ball and threw it away. The Tigers official scorer ruled it an error, so the no-no stayed intact. Later in the inning, a grounder to third base drew a throw home from Don Kelly. A rundown resulted and eventually Verlander couldn't hold onto the feed and the unearned run scored. But the Angels still didn't have a hit until Maicer Izturis knocked in Peter Bourjos with a two-out single, cutting the lead to 3-2.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 11:15 am
Edited on: July 31, 2011 11:24 am
 

On Deck: Verlander/Weaver highlights deadline day

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


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WeaverVerlanderBEST MATCHUP: A fantastic matchup is set to take place amid trade deadline hubbub, with AL Cy Young Award favorite Justin Verlander toeing the mound. Verlander has 14 wins, just like opponent Jered Weaver, but has a higher ERA at 2.34. Weaver is at an eye-popping 1.79, but Verlander has the inside track on the award thanks to his no-hitter, plus a fantastic 4.97 K/BB ratio, with Weaver at 3.62  -- still no slouch. This is a battle between the likely No. 1 and No. 2 finishers for the Cy Young, in some order. Detroit will have reliever David Pauley, just acquired from the Mariners along with Doug Fister, to back up Verlander, but the Angels have yet to make a move at the trade deadline. Angels vs. Tigers, 1:05 p.m. ET

PiratesPhilliesNEW FACES: Hunter Pence already made his Phillies debut, but he's still a new face as he prepares for his second career game as a Phillie, and will do so against a familiar face as Jeff Karstens draws the start for Pittsburgh. Karstens' 2.41 ERA came out of nowhere and is obviously over his head, but he is pitching better this year than he ever has. He'll do so with a new first baseman, as Derrek Lee was dealt from the Orioles over to Pittsburgh late on Saturday. Karstens is opposed by rookie Vance Worley. (Sadly, Lee won't join the Pirates until Monday, so the team gets one more day of Lyle Overbay at first.) Pirates vs. Phillies, 1:35 p.m. ET

EllsburyNEW STREAK: Dustin Pedroia's attempt to run his hitting streak to 26 games the other day was snapped, but another Red Sox player is ready and willing to start getting attention for his own hitting streak. Jacoby Ellsbury is at 19 games, continuing what has been a breakout season for the center fielder. Baltimore's Nick Markakis and Kansas City's Alex Gordon are also working on 19 straight. In other news, Boston is searching high and low for a new starting pitcher to replace Andrew Miller, who draws the assignment Sunday despite a lousy 17/24 K/BB ratio. The White Sox bring their own lefty to the mound in Mark Buehrle, whose 2.45 ERA since the start of May ranks in the top 10 of baseball. Red Sox vs. White Sox, 2:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: July 21, 2011 11:24 am
Edited on: July 21, 2011 11:38 am
 

On Deck: Runs at a premium in Toronto

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dodging a dozen: Seattle's lost 11 games in a  row, but has shown signs of life in the first two games of the series in Toronto, scoring at least five runs in back-to-back games for the first time since June 2-3. Starter Doug Fister can only dream of that kind of support -- he is getting the worst run support in the majors at 2.03 per game and just one run in total for his last three starts. Overall he's 3-11 with a 3.18 ERA, a better ERA than Michael Pineda, Felix Hernandez, Jon Lester and David Price. His opponent, Ricky Romero owns the same 3.18 ERA, but hasn't gotten much help either. In the 12 of his starts that the team has lost, they've scored 24 runs. In his last start against the Mariners, he threw a five-hit complete game, but lost 3-2. Mariners at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. ET (Follow live)

C.J. WilsonJered WeaverAll-Star showdown: The Rangers' 12-game winning streak is over, and now they've got to face manager Ron Washington's choice to start All-Star Game, Angels right-hander Jered Weaver. In Phoenix, Washington said Weaver was one of the most intense competitors he'd ever faced. Not only is he a competitor, he's a heck of a pitcher. Weaver's 12-4 with a 1.90 ERA, the best mark in the majors. As good as he's been this season, he's been even better lately, going 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last 10 outings. The man Washington is putting on the mound today isn't too bad either -- and he was in Phoenix as well -- as C.J. Wilson is 10-3 with a 3.11 ERA. He's 6-0 with a 2.80 ERA in his last 10 starts. Rangers at Angels, 3:35 p.m. ET (Follow live)

CC SabathiaHappy birthday CC: Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia will celebrate his 31st birthday at Tropicana Field on Thursday night. It marks the third time in his career he's started on his birthday, going 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in 2002 and 2006. But it would be hard to be pitching better than Sabathia has recently, winning his last seven starts with an ERA of 1.68 over that span. In his last five starts, he's allowed just two runs and struck out 50 in 39 2/3 innings. On the other side is Big Game James Shields, who has a streak of his own -- four starts, all losses. Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Bauer wins Golden Spikes Award

Trevor BauerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Trevor Bauer, the third overall pick in last month's MLB Draft, won the Golden Spikes Award as USA Baseball's top amateur player on Friday.

The right-hander went 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 16 starts for UCLA this season nd also led the country with 203 strikeouts. The 203 strikeouts was a Pac-10 record, eclipsing the mark set by USC's Mark Prior.

He's been compared to Tim Lincecum because of his unorthodox mechanics, but he's bigger than the Giants' ace.

Bauer was one of three finalists for the award, along with Texas right-hander Taylor Jungmann and Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen. Jungmann was drafted 12th overall by the Brewres and Hultzen went second to the Mariners.

The last 10 winners of the award were Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, David Price, Lincecum, Alex Gordon, Jered Weaver, Rickie Weeks, Khalil Greene and Prior.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:08 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Beckett scratched with knee soreness

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh BeckettPHOENIX -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett's All-Star Game ended before it started, as he tried to warm up for the second inning of Tuesday's All-Star Game and left with soreness in his left knee.

Beckett was replacing starter Jered Weaver, who left after a scoreless first. Beckett was replaced by the Yankees' David Robertson, who was allowed as much time to warm up as he needed.

However, Beckett told Rob Bradford of WEEI.com (via Twitter) that the knee stiffened due to travel and that he could have pitched had it been a regular game.

"I could have pitched," Beckett said. "I'm not comfortable going out there and getting hurt in the All-Star Game and costing myself a start in the second half."

The Red Sox are likely happy to hear that. Beckett is the only member of the Red Sox's opening day rotation not to spend time on the disabled list. He did leave his last start with a hyperextended left knee. Beckett didn't pitch from June 15-28 due to illness.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Rangers murderer's row paces AL West All-Stars

By C. Trent Rosecrans

2011 All-Star Game
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The American League West may be able to put together the best rotation in baseball, but putting together a lineup from players just from the division is a little tougher. Of the four teams in the division, only the Rangers are better than league average in runs (455), on-base percentage (.332), OPS (.788) and home runs (111). That makes it no surprise that our lineup for the American League West All-Star team has a heavy Ranger lean, as five of the nine position players are from Texas, including the heart of the order from No. 3 to No. 7 in the lineup.

Kurt SuzukiC Kurt Suzuki, Athletics: There are some serious slim pickings in this category, with the only real choice coming between the A's Suzuki and Seattle's Miguel Olivo. Neither was considered a snub when the All-Star team was announced, and for good reason. Suzuki is hitting .224/.291/.342, while Olivo is hitting .223/.265/.392. Olivo does have 12 home runs and 40 RBI, but I just could justify putting someone with a .265 on-base percentage on any time of All-Star team. Suzuki also brings top-flight defense, so he gets the nod.

Mitch Moreland1B Mitch Moreland, Rangers: This is an intriguing group of young first basemen. The preseason pick would have been Daric Barton, but he's now in the minor leagues. The Angels' Mark Trumbo (.259/.303/.474) and Mariners' Justin Smoak (.232/.330/.423)are starting to put up some good numbers, but the pick here is Moreland (.279/.341/.458), whose average numbers are better, even if his counting stats aren't up to the other two. The difference is small enough to go with the Moreland.

Lineup
No. Name Team Pos
1 Howard Kendrick ANA 2B
2 Peter Bourjos ANA CF
3 Josh Hamilton TEX LF
4 Michael Young TEX DH
5 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
6 Nelson Cruz TEX RF
7 Mitch Moreland TEX 1B
8 Kurt Suzuki OAK C
9 Elvis Andrus TEX SS

Howie Kendrick2B Howard Kendrick, Angels: Finally, a real-live All-Star. The 27-year-old Kendrick is making his first All-Star appearance, hitting .305/.361/.466 with eight home runs and 29 RBI. A very good defensive second baseman, he also adds value by being able to play all over the diamond. He's started games at second base, left field and first base this season and has also started one game in his career at third base.

Adrian Beltre3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers: You can argue he's not worth the five-year, $80 million contract given to him by the Rangers, but it's tough to argue that he's not the best third baseman in the division. Hitting .272/.314/.492 with 18 home runs and 69 RBI, plus exceptional defense, the choice here is clear.

Elvis AndrusSS Elvis Andrus, Rangers: You're not going to confuse Andrus with Cal Ripken Jr. or Alex Rodriguez anytime soon, but the smooth-fielding shortstop is getting on base at a .332 clip and also has 26 stolen bases. Erick Aybar is equal with Andrus in batting average (.283) and better slugging (.431), but lower on-base percentage (.316). I'll take Andrus' glove, as well, so he gets the call.

Josh HamiltonLF Josh Hamilton, Rangers: Hamilton missed 36 games after suffering a broken bone in his shoulder in April, but he's still accumulated 11 home runs to go along with 49 RBI and a line of .305/.359/.549. While Hamilton's played all over the outfield, he's started the most games in left, and that's probably the best spot for him. And he's certainly the best choice in the division.

Peter BourjosCF Peter Bourjos, Angels: Although he's currently hobbled by tightness in his right hamstring, Bourjos is the class of AL West center fielders, hitting .272/.323/.397. He also covers a ton of ground, which helps in this division that features some spacious ballparks. 

Nelson CruzRF Nelson Cruz, Rangers: Like Hamilton, the Rangers right fielder has missed a good chunk of games with a trip to the disabled list in May, but he's still hit 20 home runs and knocked in 55. His .293 on-base percentage is lower than you'd like to see, but his slugging (.520) makes up for it. He beats out Torii Hunter who has a slightly better on-base percentage, much better defense, but pales in comparison in slugging.

Michael YoungDH Michael Young, Rangers: The Rangers sure are glad they didn't heed Young's trade request this offseason. Filling in at various spots in the field for injured Rangers, he's also taken to the designated hitter spot without a hiccup. Young is hitting .326/.360/.486 with eight home runs and 59 RBI. He's also played 25 games at first base, 11 at second base and four at third, while the bulk of his playing time has come as a DH.

Jered WeaverSP Jered Weaver, Angels: Starting pitching is probably the deepest category in this division -- and looking at the starting pitching across the AL West may help explain the tough time finding offensive standouts (or it could be vice-versa, though I'll stick with the pitching in this division). Weaver gets the nod with a record of  11-4 and a 1.86 ERA. He's struck out 120 in 140 1/3 innings and walked just 31. Weaver lost his arbitration case with the Angels this year, he'll have a pretty good case this offseason, going into his last arbitration year. Apologies to Dan Haren (10-5, 2.61), Felix Hernandez (8-7, 3.19), C.J. Wilson (9-3, 3.20), Michael Pineda (8-6, 3.03) and Gio Gonzalez (8-6, 2.47).

Scott DownsMR Scott Downs, Angels: The 35-year-old Downs has been around so long that he's a former Expo, but he's maybe having his best season yet. Signed by the Angels this offseason, he's produced for his new team, going 5-2 with a 1.52 ERA, striking out 20 in 29 2/3 innings. He gets the nod over A's side-armer Brad Ziegler (2-1, 1.78).

Jordan WaldenCL Jordan Walden, Angels: The All-Star picked up his 20th save of the season on Sunday, closing out the Angels' victory over the Mariners by striking out the only batter he faced. His ERA is down to 2.84 and has 40 strikeouts in 37 innings, while walking 17. Brandon League is also an All-Star and his 23 saves lead the American League. His lower strikeouts and higher ERA are the reason Walden gets the nod, even though the Angel has two more blown saves than League.

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 3:59 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 4:13 pm
 

Jered Weaver to start All-Star Game for AL

By Matt Snyder

PHOENIX - As expected, considering Justin Verlander is off the table, Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver will start Tuesday's All-Star Game for the American League. It marks the first time since 1993 that an Angels starter gets the nod in the Midsummer Classic, when Mark Langston started (LA Times).

The right-handed Weaver is 11-4 with an MLB-best 1.86 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 120 strikeouts in 140 1/3 innings pitched. If the Cy Young voting were held now, it would likely be a two-horse race between Weaver and Verlander, so the Weaver selection was the only real right answer here. Verlander is ineligible by rule to pitch in Tuesday's game, as he started Sunday for the Tigers.

Weaver, 28, has never pitched in an All-Star Game. He made the team last season but didn't appear in the actual game.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 8:26 pm
 

On Deck: Looking out West

OD

By Matt Snyder


Thursday afternoon had one matinee, while the Pirates and Phillies both have the day off. That leaves us with 13 games for the night. Let's take a trip out West for three storylines.

Kershaw looks to stop two streaks: The Dodgers are in an absolute tailspin, having lost five in a row and seven of their last eight. The good news for the Dodgers is that staff ace, All-Star and MLB strikeout leader Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 3.23) takes the mound Thursday night. He's going to have his hands full, too, because he's facing the Mets away from Citi Field. The Mets are 26-20 on the road, including winning three in a row and seven of their last eight. The only loss was against Justin Verlander, so it can be pretty easily forgiven. In those seven wins, the least amount of runs they've scored is five. They've even gone the last three with Jose Reyes. Dillon Gee (8-2, 3.47) is the Mets' starter. New York (NL) at Los Angeles (NL), 10:10 p.m. ET. Follow Live Gametracker

Texas taking off? The Rangers got off to a scorching hot start this season but have been pretty mediocre since. Each time it feels like the defending AL champs are going to take off, they scuffle for a short stretch. They recently lost two of three to the Marlins but are now coming off a sweep of the Orioles and begin a four-game series against the A's Thursday night. This could be the perfect opportunity to go into the All-Star break with some serious momentum. They'll square off against a former teammate, Rich Harden, for the first time since he departed. Harden was on the disabled list all season until making a quality start and picking up the victory July 1 against the Diamondbacks. It will be interesting to see which Harden shows up, because he can be dominant. Derek Holland (6-4, 5.10) gets the nod for the Rangers. Oakland at Texas, 8:05 p.m. ET. Follow Live Gametracker

Weaver's All-Star tuneup? Angels' starting pitcher Jered Weaver is probably the front-runner to be the American League starter in the All-Star Game next Tuesday, and Thursday evening he'll make his final start before the break. The Angels have fallen a game back of the Rangers in the AL West, so they'll once again need Weaver to step up. The odds are pretty good that he will, as Weaver is locked in again, just like he was in April. Also, he's facing a Mariners team that has scored either zero or one run 22 times this season. Doug Fister (3-9, 3.02) gets the task of matching pitches with Weaver. Seattle at Los Angeles (AL), 10:05 p.m. ET. Follow Live Gametracker

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