Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Luke Morrill of Rockland (left), shown during a Class B basketball tournament game last season, has opted to forgo his senior basketball season to concentrate on developing his baseball skills. Morrill will attend the University of Maine in 2011.

Rockland’s Morrill preparing for career in baseball

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 28, 2010, at 7:20 p.m.
Most high school athletes proceed from a fall sport to a winter sport and then to a spring sport each year, deriving varying degrees of personal satisfaction depending on which sport is their favorite. But sometimes that procession isn’t as automatic. Luke Morrill is a three-sport standout at Rockland District …

‘On Deck’ Sports Calendar, Dec. 24, 2010

on Dec. 24, 2010, at 12:56 a.m.
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If Bangor resident Matt Stairs makes the Nationals roster next spring and hits a homer for them, he will own the career records for most teams played for (13) and most teams for which he hit at least one homer (12). (AP File Photo)

Bangor’s Stairs could set two records with Nationals

By Larry Mahoney on Dec. 16, 2010, at 5:22 p.m.
Matt Stairs is like the Energizer bunny. He just keeps going. The Bangor resident, who will turn 43 on Feb. 27, is already looking forward to spring training after signing a one-year minor league contract for undisclosed terms with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. He already owns the major …

Giants’ ‘struggling offense’ is hammering Rangers

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 29, 2010, at 9:06 p.m.
The baseball gods have spoken and the Rangers aren’t very happy with what they’ve said. However, like Maine weather, just wait a minute and it could all change. Texas enters Game 3 Saturday night down 2-0 to the Giants. This will be the first World Series game ever played in …
Maine freshman Eric White of Brewer tries out one of the team's newly issued metal bats during practice in the Mahaney Dome in Orono Wednesday. The NCAA has implemented new standards for metal baseball bats in an effort to more closely align their performance with that of traditional wood bats.

Revamped aluminum bats have less punch

By Pete Warner on Oct. 29, 2010, at 5:29 p.m.
ORONO — The distinctive “ping” of aluminum bats has resonated in ballparks at college and high school baseball games for more than 35 years. Starting next spring, that ringing sound will be replaced more of a dull “clink.” The National Collegiate Athletic Association has implemented new standards for metal baseball …

All in: Rangers finally reach first World Series

By JAIME ARON on Oct. 22, 2010, at 9:20 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers did a victory lap, sharing the moment with their frenzied fans. They sprayed each other with ginger ale on the field to involve the AL championship series MVP in the celebration, and doused their manager with the contents of a water cooler. Fireworks …

Rangers, and their manager, have survived a lot

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 22, 2010, at 5:53 p.m.
Texas manager Ron Washington has survived a lot this year. He survived an admission of drug use in previous years. The Rangers kept him on as manager as suggestions he be relieved whirled around him. He survived injury after injury to his team’s key players like Josh Hamilton and Nelson …

Uribe’s sac fly in 9th gives Giants 3-1 NLCS lead

By JOSH DUBOW on Oct. 20, 2010, at 9 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants keep showing that building a loaded, All-Star lineup isn’t the only way to make a deep October run. The second-chance players and homegrown talent can pay big dividends this time of year, too. A club of castoffs and postseason newcomers is now …

Oswalt, Rollins help Phillies even NLCS at 1-1

By ROB MAADDI on Oct. 17, 2010, at 11:30 p.m.
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Cliff who? Game 1 of ALCS becomes CC and CJ Show

By STEPHEN HAWKINS on Oct. 14, 2010, at 4:10 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — CC vs. C.J., an AL championship series-opening matchup with Cliff Lee connections. While waiting until Game 3 for his chance to pitch against the New York Yankees, Lee will watch from the Texas dugout Friday night. CC Sabathia, his former and possibly future teammate, faces C.J. …

Great pitching will be the talk of the NLCS

By ROB MAADDI on Oct. 12, 2010, at 5:55 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — When the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants meet in the NL championship series, runs won’t come easy. These teams have perhaps the two best starting rotations in the majors. For the Phillies, it’s Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. For the Giants, it’s Tim Lincecum, Matt …

Giants send Cox into retirement with Game 5 win

By PAUL NEWBERRY on Oct. 11, 2010, at 10:40 p.m.
ATLANTA (AP) — The San Francisco Giants couldn’t wait to get to the champagne, to pop the cork on a celebration eight years in the making. But first, they had to pay their respects to the guy in the other dugout. Bobby Cox’s career ended when the Atlanta Braves lost …

Rangers, Rays aces ready to square off again

By FRED GOODALL on Oct. 11, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays manager Joe Maddon spoke matter-of-factly, assessing Tampa Bay’s chances of completing an improbable comeback against the Texas Rangers in the opening round of the AL playoffs. Down 2-0 after losing the first two games of the series at home, the AL East champions rebounded to …

With 4-man rotation, Hughes could start Game 7

By RONALD BLUM on Oct. 11, 2010, at 7:15 p.m.
NEW YORK — With the New York Yankees’ decision to use a four-man rotation against Texas or Tampa Bay in the AL championship series, Phil Hughes lines up to pitch Games 3 and 7. Last year, the Yankees became the first team to win the World Series with only three …

Phillies look ahead after finishing off Reds

By ROB MAADDI on Oct. 11, 2010, at 5:50 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — Spraying champagne in the visitors’ clubhouse after completing the first postseason sweep in franchise history was merely a ritual for the Philadelphia Phillies. They won’t really celebrate unless they win the World Series. “We haven’t accomplished anything. It’s not about getting to an NLCS, it’s winning a World …

Phillies sweep Reds, reach NL championship series

By JAY COHEN on Oct. 10, 2010, at 11:20 p.m.

Rays head back to Trop after 5-2 win over Rangers

By STEPHEN HAWKINS on Oct. 10, 2010, at 7 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays worked hard all season to earn home-field advantage in the AL playoffs. This time, they need to make use of it if they want to keep playing. Tampa Bay forced a deciding Game 5 in the division series against …

Conrad’s 3rd error gives Giants 3-2 win in NLDS

The Associated Press on Oct. 10, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.
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Fans deserve to know of problems between players, umpires

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 08, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.
The front office of Major League Baseball does not like postseason distractions. That is why there are no trades during the playoffs, why announcements on managerial changes are put off if possible and why teams rarely make major announcements. MLB will not be happy at the public announcement Friday that …

Rangers on the brink of first playoff series win

By FRED GOODALL on Oct. 07, 2010, at 6:20 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Following Cliff Lee in the postseason is a tough act, yet C.J. Wilson made it look easy. Now, the Texas Rangers are up 2-0 in their AL division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, with a chance to make franchise history when the best-of-five matchup …