Posts Tagged ‘MLB’

 

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 …

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 …

Rangers take 3-1 series lead

By JOSH DUBOW on Oct. 19, 2010, at 8:25 p.m.
NEW YORK — No disputing this: The Texas Rangers are routing the New York Yankees and now just one win from their first trip to the World Series. Bengie Molina hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning, Josh Hamilton added a pair of solo drives …

Rangers must ignore Yankees’ swagger

By Gary Thorne on Oct. 15, 2010, at 7:24 p.m.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The front page, above the fold, on the right, in Friday’s Dallas Morning News read, “Yankees fans bring the swagger.” The headline in the Dallas Morning News sports page read, “Ghost Busting.” These bold type headlines were in reference to the Yankees coming to town to open …

Phillies playing role of favorites for first time

By ROB MAADDI on Oct. 14, 2010, at 6 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Phillies find themselves in a new role this postseason. The two-time defending NL champions are no strangers to big games, having advanced this far in three straight years. The only difference between now and the last two trips to the league championship series is the Phillies …

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. …

Lee tosses another gem to carry Rangers into ALCS

By FRED GOODALL on Oct. 12, 2010, at 11:35 p.m.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Texas Rangers mobbed Cliff Lee in front of the pitcher’s mound before trotting off to the clubhouse for a celebration 50 seasons in the making. Champagne was on ice, but first the AL West champions slipped on red t-shirts, fitted themselves with goggles and …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Playoffs set: Giants drop Padres, Braves go wild

By BEN WALKER on Oct. 03, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.
A flurry of tiebreakers, that might’ve been fun for fans. For the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, a guaranteed spot in the playoffs was just fine. What could’ve turned into a real tangle of a postseason picture suddenly became clear Sunday: Manager Bobby Cox and his wild-card Braves will …

Konerko hits slam, White Sox foil Lester, Boston

The Associated Press on Sept. 30, 2010, at 11:56 p.m.
CHICAGO — Paul Konerko hit a grand slam that wrecked Jon Lester’s bid for his 20th win, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Thursday night in a game delayed because of a power failure. The game was held up for 21 minutes in the sixth …

Francona’s fan mail spikes after losses

By Gary Thorne on Sept. 24, 2010, at 8:24 p.m.
The season has not been what the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona had hoped for, but his sense of humor remains intact. When asked about the pressure of the season that has been filled with injuries, he referred back to his days playing and managing in winter ball. “That …

Flix love the long ball: Burns takes on HR chase

The Associated Press on Sept. 22, 2010, at 9:06 p.m.
BOSTON — When Ken Burns decided to update his epic documentary “Baseball” to chronicle the tumultuous developments since it first aired in 1994, he knew that he didn’t want to make a movie of the Mitchell Report. Instead, Burns and co-producer Lynn Novick tried to bring Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds …

Lester strong as Red Sox avoid sweep by Toronto

The Associated Press on Sept. 18, 2010, at 10:42 p.m.
BOSTON — Jon Lester slowed down the Toronto Blue Jays and their home run king. Lester twice got major league home run leader Jose Bautista to ground out with the bases loaded on Sunday, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-0 to avoid a three-game sweep. “It’s …

Buchholz leads Red Sox past Mariners 5-1

The Associated Press on Sept. 15, 2010, at 9:56 p.m.
SEATTLE — Clay Buchholz pitched seven solid innings, Victor Martinez hit a two-run double and the Boston Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game series sweep. Buchholz (16-7) allowed one run — Russell Branyan’s first-inning homer — and four hits in his first …
 
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