Tag:Roy Halladay
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 4:58 pm

Liriano loses bid for second no-hitter

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Francisco LirianoSearching for his second no-hitter of the season, Francisco Liriano lost a perfect game in the seventh inning and the no-hitter in the eighth. However, Liriano did pick up his fourth win of the season in a 6-1 victory over the Rangers

After watching a lengthy bottom of the seventh for the Twins, which saw Minnesota score five runs and Texas use three pitchers, Adrian Beltre singled to lead off the eighth. Yorvit Torrealba added an RBI single in the inning, breaking up Liriano's shutout bid. Alex Burnett pitched a perfect ninth for the Twins, giving Minnesota its ninth win in 11 games. Coupled with the losses by the Tigers and Indians, the Twins pulled to nine games out of first in the American League Central at 26-39.

Liriano was perfect through 6 1/3 when third baseman Luke Hughes committed an error on Elvis Andrus' bouncer down the third-base line with one out in the seventh. Hughes tried to backhand the ball and it bounced off his glove and into foul territory, allowing Andrus to advance to second.

Liriano walked six and struck out two White Sox on May 3 in his no-hitter. Liriano needed 123 pitches that night, but had used just 73 through seven on Sunday and finished with 97 pitches in eight innings.

Rangers starter Matt Harrison left the game in the bottom of the seventh when Danny Valencia lined one off his left arm for a hit to lead off the seventh. Harrison allowed just five hits and two runs in his six innings, walking three and striking out three. Yesterday, Rangers Matt Bush had to leave after he was hit by a Twins batter in the leg. The Twins scored five runs in the inning, keeping Liriano on the bench for roughly a half-hour.

Liriano was trying to join Roy Halladay (2010), Nolan Ryan (1973), Virgil Trucks (1952), Allie Reynolds (1951) and Johnny Vander Meer (1938) as pitchers who have thrown two no-hitters in one season.

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 5:20 pm

On Deck: 1st game and 5,000th game

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mike MoustakasThe Moose has landed: Before the season, many argued about who was the better Royals prospect: Eric Hosmer or Mike Moustakas. Hosmer's been pretty impressive since being called up (.309/.349/.485 with five home runs in 32 games), so Moustakas has a bit to live up to. Moustakas was hitting .287/.347/.498 at Triple-A Omaha this season with 10 home runs and will be given a chance to play third base every day. He's making his debut about 50 miles from his home in Northridge, Calif., so that will be a nice perk for the No. 2 pick of the 2007 MLB Draft. Royals at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET (Watch live scoring)

Carlos ZambranoPut up or shut up: Carlos Zambrano hasn't pitched since saying the Cubs are "embarrassing" and a "Triple-A team." Well, the Cubs are on a modest two-game winning streak, and it's time for Zambrano to help out the cause against the Phillies. However, it's not the easiest matchup for the Cubs, not just because of the Phillies as a team but because Roy Halladay is on the mound for Philadelphia. That said, Halladay has never beaten the Cubs in three outings. Cubs at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live scoring)

Tony La Russa5,000th game: Tony La Russa will manage the 5,000th game of his career Friday night, making him just the second manager to ever be at the helm for that many games. (He joins Connie Mack, who managed 7,755 games.) To put it in perspective, the active manager with the second-most games managed is Jim Leyland with 3,075 going into Friday night. Funny thing, though, most of us think of Leyland as one of the older managers around, but he's actually younger (by more than two months) than La Russa. La Russa's Cardinals face off against Ron Roenicke, who will be managing his 64th career game. Cardinals at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET (Watch live scoring)

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: June 5, 2011 2:54 pm

On Deck: NL East aces look to stop losing streaks


By Matt Snyder

Skid Stoppers: The Phillies have lost four straight games, but still remain atop the NL East thanks to the Marlins having lost three straight. Each of the two squads have a pretty good shot to stop the bleeding Sunday, at least if you look at the starting pitchers. The Phillies send Roy Halladay (7-3, 2.56) to the hill at Pittsburgh while the Marlins are giving the ball to Anibal Sanchez (5-1, 2.57) against the Brewers. Halladay would be the ace on any team and Sanchez has become the ace of Florida with Josh Johnson sidelined. Halladay and Sanchez look to the play the role of stopper Sunday and the smart money is on each halting their teams' respective losing streaks. Milwaukee at Florida, 1:10 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING). Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1:35 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Lackey's Back: John Lackey has been sidelined since May 11 with a sore elbow, but will again toe the slab for the Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Lackey's been nothing short of dreadful this season for Boston, sporting an 8.01 ERA through 39 1/3 innings. Fortunately for him, he's facing the A's -- who have a pretty sub-par offense. One of his best outings of the season came against Oakland, too, back on April 19 when he went six innings and only gave up four hits and one earned run. The Red Sox likely won't extend Lackey, but he needs to be efficient and get as late into the game as possible, as they used seven pitchers in Saturday's 14-inning marathon. The A's are obviously in a similar situation with the taxed bullpen, and they'll send Brett Anderson (3-5, 3.68) to the hill. Last time Anderson faced the Red Sox, he threw eight shutout innings and took home the win. Oakland at Boston, 1:35 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

Indians Reeling: The Indians still sport the best record in baseball, but the hold is a bit more tenuous than it was a few weeks ago. The Tribe is actually 3-8 since May 24 and is in danger of its first four-game losing streak Sunday. In fact, the Indians haven't been swept in anything more than a two-game series this season, but a loss Sunday to the Rangers would mean a four-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers. The Indians haven't just been losing to the Rangers, either, they've been getting worked over -- having been outscored 22-6 in the first three games of the series. Things won't get any easier Sunday, as C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.32) gets the ball for the Rangers. The Indians send Mitch Talbot to the hill. He was obliterated in his first start upon returning from the DL, but looked very solid last time out, going 6 2/3 innings and only allowing one run on May 31. Texas at Cleveland, 1:05 p.m. ET (WATCH LIVE SCORING).

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 11:33 pm

On Deck: Potential duel in Philly


By Matt Snyder

Lots of afternoon action on getaway day across baseball -- check out the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard -- but there are still seven games on the docket for this evening. Let's spotlight three of them.

Allow myself to (re)introduce ... myself: The last time Roy Halladay faced the Reds was in Citizen's Bank Park in Game 1 of the NLDS. Halladay needed only 104 pitches to no-hit the Reds in a 4-0 victory. It was only the second no-hitter in postseason history. In nine innings, his only blemish was a walk, which he more than balanced out with eight strikeouts. The Reds hit only a handful of balls hard. It was complete and utter domination, in a playoff game no less. On the flip side, Travis Wood's track record against the Phillies is pretty solid. He took a perfect game into the ninth in his last start against Philly and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies in Halladay's playoff no-no. The Reds broke a six-game losing streak Tuesday night on a ninth-inning, three-RBI double from Jay Bruce. The Phillies hold a one-game lead in the competitive NL East. This should be a great game. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. ET. FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

Looking for wins: Raise your hand if you thought Chris Carpenter and Mat Latos would have combined for a 2-10 record and an ERA of over 4.50 come May 25th. Put your hand down, liar. One of the two will get a brief reprieve from the losing Wednesday afternoon in the spacious confines of Petco Park, as the two square off. Carpenter is looking to help his club continue its winning ways, as the Cardinals have won four straight and sit atop the NL Central. On the other hand, Latos is needed to play the stopper. The Padres have lost four in a row and reside in the cellar of the NL West. St. Louis at San Diego, 6:35 p.m. ET. FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

Wild, wild West: The A's have been in the headlines this week, but for the wrong reasons. Bob Geren has come under fire for being the worst person ever and not communicating well. Still, they defied drastic odds in winning the Guillermo Moscoso vs. Dan Haren pitching matchup Tuesday night. Wednesday, it's going to be Trevor Cahill for the A's against Ervin Santana for the Angels. Cahill is 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA this season, and he owns the Angels in his career (4-1, 1.81 ERA in seven starts). Meanwhile, the AL West continues to be the closest top-to-bottom division race in baseball. A mere two games separated first place from last entering Wednesday, which means every intradivision battle is a big game. Remember, it's no longer early, as we're very near a third of the way through the season. Oakland at Los Angeles (AL), 10:05 p.m. ET.  FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 5:16 pm

On Deck: Interleague's best

By C. Trent Rosecrans

A little something different today for on-deck, with interleague play starting, here are the top three interleague matchups on tap this weekend. But what's really different is this ranking of the top three is done not by hype or television market or geography, nope, it's done by good ol' fashion numbers -- combined winning percentage.

BATTLE FOR OHIO -- The two teams play for the Ohio Cup -- and for the last couple of years, that's all that was at stake. Not this season. The Reds' resurgence started last season when they won the National League Central and this season they enter this series just a half-game out of first, while the surprising Indians lead the American League Central by five games, the biggest lead of any of baseball's division leaders. Indians starter Alex White, the team's first-round pick in 2009, hasn't pitched an official game in nearly two weeks and had his outing last Saturday cut short after an inning because of rain. Former Indian Brandon Phillips has absolutely punished the team that gave up on him in 2006, hitting .354/.390/.540 with five homers in 29 games against Cleveland. Combined winning percentage: .600. Reds at Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

SUNSHINE STATE SHOWDOWN -- Usually you think of old folks when it comes to Florida, but between the Rays and the Marlins, you have two of the best young teams in baseball. The Rays have rebounded from their slow start to take the lead in the American League East, while the Marlins are just a game and a half behind the Phillies. There's never really been a rivalry between these two teams as neither have really been playoff contenders in the same year. That could change this season. Andy Sonnanstine goes to the hill for Tampa tonight for his second start of the season, while Anibal Sanchez is off to a hot start, going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA. Combined winning percentage: .570. Rays at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

DIVISION LEADERS -- Considering the Rangers made the World Series last season and are currently leading the American League West and the Phillies have the game's best rotation, this could be an October preview. As it stands, it's the only matchup (today at least) of first place teams. Oh yeah, and C.J. Wilson against Roy Halladay, that's not too bad either. Too bad there's no Josh Hamilton, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino or Nelson Cruz, but there's still plenty of star power to go around. Combined winning percentage: .563. Rangers at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

And, just to note, the three worst matchups by terms of combined winning percentage are: Twins-Diamondbacks (.412), Astros-Blue Jays (.425) and Dodgers-White Sox (.444).

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Posted on: May 15, 2011 4:34 pm

Quasi-interesting stat of the day: Doc's losses

By Matt Snyder

Roy Halladay took the loss Sunday in Atlanta, just as he did earlier this week in Florida. It marked the first time this season a Phillies starting pitcher had dropped consecutive games, as they were previously the only team in the majors that hadn't had any pitcher lose two straight.

What makes the situation even more unlikely, however, is that Halladay wasn't removed from either game. He threw back-to-back complete game losses. On the week, he threw 16 innings and allowed four earned runs (a 2.25 ERA) while striking out 16 and lost twice.

The Phillies took Game 1 of the three-game series, but the Braves won the next two, pulling them to within 3 1/2 games in the NL East. The Marlins are sandwiched between the two in what should prove to be a very solid three-team race.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:12 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 6:15 pm

On Deck: Aces Halladay, Johnson battle

Halladay, Johnson
On Deck

By Evan Brunell

BEST MATCHUP: Get excited. Tuesday night's best matchup pits Roy Halladay against Josh Johnson. In the earlier going, JJ has been the better pitcher with a 1.68 ERA, while Halladay will look to push his ERA under 2 from 2.19. Johnson is coming off a 7 1/3 inning, 5-run effort against the Cardinals in which he drew his first loss of the year while Halladay coughed up two in seven innings to beat the Nationals. Last season, Halladay's perfect game came against Johnson on May 29, and this is the first time Halladay will toe the mound in Miami since. There's a bit of a mentor-mentee relationship as Johnson has spoken at length about how much he looks up to Halladay and was able to watch one of Halladay's bullpen sessions last season. Phillies at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET (Watch live)

GONE STREAKING: Jacoby Ellsbury will look to push his hitting streak to 19 as the Red Sox hit the road with a trip to Toronto before the first Red Sox-Yankees series of the year will dominate the media. Meanwhile, Jon Lester looks to win his fifth straight start which will propel Boston to .500 for the first time all season. It will have been the latest in a season the Red Sox reach .500 since 1996, when it took until Aug. 22. Lester will be opposed by rookie Kyle Drabek. Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET (Watch live)

BIG Z DOMINATION: Chris Carpenter has been one of the best pitchers in the game over the past decade, but he can't seem to solve Carlos Zambrano and the Cubs. The Cubs are 5-2 in Carpenter-Zambrano tilts and haven't lost a game since July 22, 2005, as the Chicago Tribune reports. Weird, right? That trend may very well continue Tuesday night as Big Z is 4-1 on the year with a 4.23 ERA while Carpenter is searching for his first win amid two losses and a 4.19 ERA. Oh, and Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot returns to his old stomping grounds after saying he was finally "on the right side of the rivalry" and being threatened with a knockdown pitch. Cardinals at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET (Watch live)

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Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:09 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 10:58 am

Pepper: Aces meet in Florida

By Matt Snyder

WEST AT IT AGAIN: Another game, another ejection by Joe West's awful excuse for an umpiring crew. Monday night, Ron Gardenhire of the Twins was West's victim. MLB Network studio analyst Larry Bowa said MLB executive Joe Torre needs to find a way to get West under control. You know I agree, and here's a link to my rant from last week on West's crew.

UH ... REALLY? During Justin Verlander's no-hitter in Toronto, Blue Jays' outfielder Juan Rivera ran by the mound and told Verlander he was just "getting lucky." Verlander even confirmed this after the game. "He was probably just trying to get under my skin," said the righty. (sportsnet.ca ) I know sometimes things are said due to frustration, so maybe Rivera backed off the comments later. Only he didn't. Instead he stood behind the remark. Look, there are certainly times where a run-of-the-mill pitcher has everything break his way and throws a no-no, but Verlander now has done it twice and is one of the elite arms in the game. There's no other way to spin the situation than to say that Rivera was just jealous.

QUITE A LEAP: From running a small hot dog stand to the Wrigley Field public address announcer within a few days? Yep, that's what Andrew Belleson did. Pretty cool story. (Chicago Tribune )

OFFENSIVELY CHALLENGED: The Twins have had a putrid offense pretty much all season. Before Monday's game against the Red Sox, a reporter asked manager Ron Gardenhire about Francisco Liriano's next start, saying "you don't need another no-hitter." Gardenhire's reply? "We don't? Who are you kidding?" (Twins Now via Twitter)

MONEY MATTERS: While Chris Young's season -- and maybe even career -- hangs in the balance, the Mets still have money woes. Thus, it's worth looking at Young's contract. He has a base salary of $1.1 million with incentives that could have pushed the deal all the way up to $4.5 million. He obviously hasn't reached any of those yet, so it's looking increasingly likely the Mets will only owe the initial $1.1 million. (ESPN New York )

MAD MILTON: When Milton Bradley was clipped by the Mariners Monday, the reaction across the baseball-loving world was anywhere from jubilation to relief to mockery. The always-great Geoff Baker of Mariners Blog (Seattle Times ) offers up a very thoughtful piece on Bradley, in that now he should be trying to figure out what makes him happy and get himself straightened out. It's very fair. While pointing out that Bradley has never been accountable for his actions, Baker also points out that teams continuing to sign Bradley have been enabling his behavior instead of forcing him to solve his personal demons. Meanwhile, Jerry Brewer of the same outlet discusses that Bradley's career is probably over. I tend to agree. When he was productive, it wasn't surprising that teams would give him a shot. But, to put it succinctly, he sucks now. There's no reason for anyone to give him a shot.

TURNIN' BACK THE CLOCK: Hanley Ramirez has had an awful beginning to the 2011 season. Back in 2009, he hit .342 with 24 home runs and 106 RBI, finishing second in MVP voting. So Hanley went back into his storage closet and found his bats from 2009. He started using them Sunday and has since gone 3-9 with two runs scored. He also scorched a pair of balls Sunday that didn't work out (one was a foul ball that easily had home run distance, the other was a line drive double-play that was right at the shortstop). Hey, if he thinks that will help, it very well might. Baseball is such a mental game, any little adjustment could get things on track. (Fish Bytes )

THE ROAD BACK: Josh Hamilton has been out several weeks with an injured shoulder, but he's going to take batting practice Friday (Evan Grant via Twitter).

MASKED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN: "We are constantly looking for ways to connect and engage with our great fan base," said Angels vice president of sales and marketing, Robert Alvarado. And Tuesday night in Anaheim, the Angels will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for "largest gathering of people wearing costume masks." Specifically, everyone in attendance is going to get an Angels wrestling mask. Sorry, this is stupid. Can't the fans just go watch a baseball game? (MLB.com )

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