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Kid stuff: Austin's homer gives young Yanks 5th straight win
NEW YORK — Tyler Austin wasn't sure if Yankees manager Joe Girardi would let him face a right-hander in the ninth inning.Switch-hitting veteran Mark Teixeira was still on the bench, and the right-handed hitting Austin isn't far removed from a long slump.Girardi stuck with the rookie, and he came through, helping the Baby Bombers continue their unlikely push into postseason contention.Austin hit a solo homer in the ninth to give New York its season-high fifth straight victory, 5-4 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
-1 points by Boston Herald | New York Yankees Baseball Joe Girardi Major League Baseball CC Sabathia Relief pitcher Pitcher Home run
Astros' Paulino loses major league debut 10-7 to Indians
CLEVELAND — David Paulino's major league debut was brief, yet quite eventful.The right-hander pitched three innings, allowed four runs and threw two wild pitches Thursday as the Cleveland Indians outslugged Houston 10-7. The Astros dropped 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the final American League wild-card spot.Paulino (0-1), who was promoted from Triple-A Fresno two days earlier, allowed four hits, two walks and hit a batter. He failed to strike out any of the 15 batters he faced.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Baseball Cleveland Indians Home run Baseball rules World Series Boston Red Sox
As the home runs pile up for Dozier, so do losses for Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Not long after Brian Dozier belted his 39th home run of the season, a no-doubter that rocketed into the second deck to give him a homer in his fifth straight game and continue his historic power surge, the Minnesota Twins second baseman was nowhere to be found.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Harmon Killebrew Home run Major League Baseball Minnesota Twins American League Kansas City Royals Ryne Sandberg American League Central
Joe Maddon has no problem with roster guessing game
The Jason Hammel decision has seemingly been made much easier by Hammel’s recent first-inning nightmares in Denver and Milwaukee, leaving manager Joe Maddon with one less postseason roster problem to ponder. If Hammel has issues in his first inning, where has a 5.00 earned-run average, he certainly...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball statistics Baseball Joe Maddon Run Handedness Chicago Cubs Home run Left-handedness
Morning Sports Update: Carson Palmer on Tom Brady: ‘Get busted, suffer the consequences’
As the Patriots and Cardinals gear up for Sunday night, Arizona head coach Bruce Arians spoke very highly of his adversaries. Carson Palmer? Not so much… Palmer on Brady: ‘Get busted, suffer the consequences’: Carson Palmer may have been a little too honest about how he feels about Tom Brady’s suspension. Unlike most players who […]
20 points by The Boston Globe | Boston Red Sox Alex Rodriguez David Ortiz Major League Baseball New England Patriots Home run Tom Brady Hanley Ramírez
Travis Shaw, David Price lift Red Sox into first place
SAN DIEGO — Travis Shaw was sat down by manager John Farrell in favor of a 21-year-old rookie without a day in the bigs, Yoan Moncada.Shaw didn’t take that sitting down.The third baseman twice gave the Red Sox the lead last night in a 7-2 win over the San Diego Padres, the first time with a statement home run, the second time with a base hit that put the Sox ahead for good.
77 points by Boston Herald | Baseball statistics Boston Red Sox Home run Baseball Toronto Blue Jays National League Major League Baseball Oakland Athletics
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13 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball San Francisco Giants Women's National Basketball Association National League Sprint Cup Series St. Louis Cardinals Home run
Tigers unable to get big hit late, lose to White Sox, 2-0
Detroit left them loaded in seventh and stranded two in the ninth; Boyd allows two earned runs over seven innings        
6 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball statistics Baseball Home run Baseball rules Babe Ruth Baseball terminology Left-handedness Detroit Tigers
Morning Sports Update: Don Orsillo on Sox opener: ‘It was good to see everybody’
After scoring a combined 27 runs in the first two games this weekend, the Red Sox’ bats went cold in the latter two. But the team did get to see former play-by-play man Don Orsillo at his new gig in San Diego. Don Orsillo ready to move on from Red Sox: “It was good to […]
5 points by The Boston Globe | Boston Red Sox Jerry Remy Home run Don Orsillo Red Sox Nation Chicago White Sox Pawtucket Red Sox Alex Rodriguez
Tigers' bullpen implodes in 7-4 loss to Chisox
Greene, J. Wilson could protect one-run lead as Detroit drops second straight; Upton homers again        
39 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball statistics Baseball terminology Home run Baseball rules Baseball Babe Ruth Earned run Alex Rodriguez
‘Folty’ strong but Nats sweep Braves with walk-off in 11th

155 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball terminology Home run Baseball rules Baseball positions Babe Ruth Barry Bonds
Braves rookie Swanson homers again

2387 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Atlanta Braves Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball terminology Home run Inside-the-park home run National League Major League Baseball
Anthony Rizzo talks way into lineup, and turns on power in 2-1 Cubs loss
The Cubs are biding their time until the clincher, pretending it's not over until it's over, even if everyone else knows they know it's over. It has been more than a century since the Cubs had a lead this big, and Frank Chance, the manager of the 1907 edition that won the National League by 17...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon Major League Baseball National League Home run St. Louis Cardinals Present tense
Travis Shaw, David Price put Red Sox in first place
SAN DIEGO — Travis Shaw was sat down by manager John Farrell in favor of a 21-year-old rookie without a day in the bigs, Yoan Moncada.
4 points by Boston Herald | Boston Red Sox Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Alex Rodriguez Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays San Francisco Giants Home run
Jose Abreu fuels Chicago White Sox to series win over Detroit Tigers
By Tom Musick, The Sports Xchange CHICAGO -- Most players offer a simple greeting or share a joke with the opposing first baseman when they reach base safely.
2 points by UPI | Baseball statistics Home Run Derby Alex Rodriguez Baseball Chicago White Sox Home run Florida Marlins Baseball rules
Brian Dozier guides Minnesota Twins past Kansas City Royals
By Dan Myers, The Sports Xchange MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier is making a habit of hitting home runs in bunches.
2 points by UPI | Baseball statistics Baseball Home run Baseball rules Baseball terminology Hit Kansas City Royals Babe Ruth
Cleveland Indians halt Houston Astros' win streak with 6-5 victory
By Jim Ingraham, The Sports Xchange CLEVELAND -- It certainly didn't come easy.
3 points by UPI | Cleveland Indians Baseball Baseball statistics Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball Home run Chicago Cubs Houston Astros
Jung Ho Kang's late blast lifts Pittsburgh Pirates over St. Louis Cardinals
By Shelly Anderson, The Sports Xchange PITTSBURGH -- Two outs. Ninth inning. One-run lead. St. Louis' Matt Carpenter at the plate.
4 points by UPI | Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball terminology Home run Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals National League Baseball rules
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton homers for third time in four games
Justin Upton hit a 3-run HR today and has nine home runs in last 17 games for the Detroit Tigers.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball statistics Home run Baseball rules Babe Ruth Baseball Major League Baseball Detroit Tigers Jeff Kent
Live blog: Another Upton HR has Tigers up after delay
Special writer Josh Mansour is leading the conversation during today's series finale.        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball statistics Hit Extra base hit Baseball rules Home run Baseball Boston Red Sox Florida Marlins
Angels outfielder Ben Revere finds his power in spring training
In the weaker half of two split-squad games Wednesday, while most of his major league teammates played at the Angels’ home base in Tempe, Ben Revere did something at the Peoria Sports Complex that he almost never does. He homered. The 5-foot-9 outfielder’s lack of power makes him unique among modern...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball statistics Baseball Boston Red Sox Home run Baseball positions Babe Ruth Cleveland Indians Baseball rules
Justin Verlander's entire repertoire strong in latest outing
Right-hander gives up one run on two hits over sixth, has 1.99 ERA over six spring starts        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball statistics Baseball Home run Atlanta Braves Baseball rules Detroit Tigers players Run Florida Marlins
Zack Greinke has solid start against Cubs
In an outing he described as "solid," Zack Greinke went five innings plus two batters against the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs, allowing three runs and six hits with four strikeouts and one walk         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Baseball statistics Baseball Boston Red Sox Home run Baseball rules Earned run Babe Ruth Arizona Diamondbacks
Justin Verlander pitches well, but Detroit Tigers fall to Braves
Verlander lowered his ERA to 1.99 this spring. He recorded 15 straight outs after giving up a homer to Freddie Freeman.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball rules Baseball terminology John Smoltz Babe Ruth Hit Home run
Tigers 5, Mets 1
       
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball Baseball positions Catcher First baseman Pitcher Baseball statistics Infielder Home run
Angels drop a 6-2 decision to the Padres
The Angels fell to the San Diego Padres, 6-2, on Thursday at Peoria Sports Complex. The Angels are 14-12 with six Cactus League games left. AT THE PLATE: In the first inning, C.J. Cron singled in Eric Young Jr., who had tripled. … The Angels’ other run scored in the fifth inning, when Ryan LaMarre...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball statistics Baseball Home run San Diego Padres Baseball rules Baseball terminology Major League Baseball Peoria Arizona
Baseball: Tanner Bibee is dominant in Mission Viejo's 6-0 victory
Don't mess with Tanner Bibee of Mission Viejo. He's one of the top pitchers in the Southland. On Thursday, he struck out 10 and threw a one-hitter in the Diablos' 7-0 victory over Capistrano Valley. Jake Spillane had two hits. Joey Garman hit a home run. Taft put up quite a battle in a West Valley...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball rules El Camino Real Capistrano Valley High School Home run Major League Baseball Cap Anson
Antonio Senzatela tested in trouble against Cleveland as Rockies eye a rotation piece
Antonio Senzatela huddled with his manager, his pitching coach and catcher at the bottom of the Rockies' dugout steps here Thursday after the fifth inning. Collectively, there were decades of pitching experience. Nearly none of it belonged to Senzatela.
-1 points by The Denver Post | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball positions Infielder Home run Baseball terminology Catcher Baseball rules
Jays' Josh Donaldson misses workout with calf injury
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson missed the team's first full-squad workout Saturday because of a calf injury.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said the third baseman tweaked his right calf while running sprints a day earlier. He was scheduled for an MRI and further evaluation. Donaldson injured the same calf last April but did not miss any significant time.Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, batted .284 with 37 home runs and 99 RBIs last season. He was an All-Star for a third straight season and helped lead Toronto to the ALCS.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Alex Rodriguez Baseball statistics Babe Ruth Home run Barry Bonds Major League Baseball
Justin Jones powers UNLV to 20-3 win in baseball opener — PHOTOS
Justin Jones went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and three-run homer and totaled eight RBIs in UNLV’s 20-3 season-opening victory over Omaha on Friday night at Wilson Stadium.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Baseball statistics Home run Earned run Baseball Baseball rules
UNLV roundup: Hall, men’s golf team set pace on final day, place third in Hawaii
Paced by sophomore Harry Hall’s round-best 7-under-par 65, the UNLV men’s golf team closed with a round-leading 14-under 274 and finished third Friday in the 18-team John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Lihue, Hawaii.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Baseball statistics Home run Earned run Baseball rules Baseball terminology Babe Ruth Baseball Alex Rodriguez
Baseball: San Fernando opens with 5-1 win over Banning
San Fernando, hoping to win the Valley Mission League baseball title this season, opened its season on Wednesday with a 5-1 win over Marine League power Banning in a nonleague game. Louie Vargas struck out six, walked none and allowed two hits in six innings. He gave up an unearned run in the first...
5 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball terminology Home run Major League Baseball Box score Baseball rules Run
Tigers’ McCann out to show sophomore slump was anomaly
After hitting .264 as a rookie, McCann fell to .221 last season, slugging just .358.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball statistics Baseball Batting average Base on balls Batting Strikeout Baseball rules Home run
New Twins leadership counts on young talent to lead revival
MINNEAPOLIS — The first step toward fortifying the fallen Minnesota Twins was a change in leadership, with chief baseball officer Derek Falvey plucked from Cleveland's front office and general manager Thad Levine hired from Texas.The revamp stopped there, though, during an inaugural offseason for the new regime that was more methodical than it was a makeover.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Baseball Major League Baseball Baseball positions Pitcher Relief pitcher American League Catcher Home run
UNLV roundup: Rebels rebound, rout Virginia Tech in season-opening softball tournament
Mara Kemmer had a triple and three RBIs to back Morgan Ettinger’s strong pitching and lead UNLV to a 10-2 win over Virginia Tech in the Sportco Kick Off Classic softball tournament Friday at Eller Media Stadium.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Baseball statistics Baseball Baseball rules Tennis English-language films Home run Baseball terminology Grand Slam
Chris Carter agrees to $3.5M, 1-year deal with Yankees
Chris Carter has agreed to a $3.5 million, 1-year deal with the New York Yankees. The deal includes a signing bonus of $500,000 and incentives of $100,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | National League Major League Baseball Babe Ruth Baseball statistics Boston Red Sox Home run Reggie Jackson Yankee Stadium
Indians announcer Matt Underwood addresses SABR group, talks 2016, '17 season
Cleveland Indians play-by-play announcer Matt Underwood addressed a recent gathering of the Society for American Baseball Research. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Fans know Matt Underwood from his role as Indians play-by-play announcer - he's in his 18th year with the team and the 11th paired with analyst Rick Manning - but he's also a baseball historian, and someone who respects the game's past as well as its present. Underwood is working on a documentary on Addie Joss, the first Cleveland pitcher to throw a perfect game. Joss - a Hall of Famer - died during his prime in 1911. Underwood spoke to a gathering of more than 60 SABR - Society for American Baseball Research - enthusiasts this past weekend at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park on Lexington Avenue. He likened the excitement of going to the park each day by saying you never know what you're going to see. Who knew, he said, that Tyler Naquin would belt an inside-the-park walk-off home run in August? "For me as an announcer," Underwood told the crowd "the journey is more fun than the end. It's the day-to-day grind, the stories that evolve. I try to enjoy the season as it unfolds." Here's Underwood on the 2016 season, what to expect in 2017, the game and his observations: On a pivotal moment leading to the post-season: While many Clevelanders remember, and will continue to recall for years, the World Series against Chicago, Underwood points to a key moment being the last game of the season, when the Indians defeated Kansas City, helped by Yan Gomes' home run after the catcher returned from a wrist injury. "You can see how much his teammates appreciated him; it was like the World Series." The Indians avoided playing the next day at Detroit, since the game had no bearing on post-season home-field advantage. Not having to play that game allowed the team to rest before the divisional series against Boston days later. On being more of a front-runner/target in '17: "Once you get to the World Series, you don't sneak in anywhere." On Michael Brantley: "The shoulder is so much different from a knee or elbow. You don't know how it's going to react. The injury he had was not his throwing shoulder. I remember seeing him the day they shut him down. He was devastated. He worked his tail off. (Note: Indians manager Terry Francona said last month at a City Club forum that Brantley did not miss a day of working out at the ballpark). I think that's why they signed Austin Jackson - to be cautious." On Francona's success: "In football it's the 'head coach.' In basketball it's the 'head coach.' In baseball it's the 'manager'. That encompasses the job. You're leaning on guys. What separates them is how you manage them on a daily basis. ... This guy's wife is sick, you have the flu - it doesn't matter. He'll look at a guy and say 'it's not a good day for him.' Terry is very astute, very aware. And on top of that he's an excellent communicator. One thing Terry doesn't do is destroy a guy in the media." Underwood described a moment in 2013 - Francona's first year with Cleveland - saying players were in the clubhouse, heads down, cautious about Francona after another loss during a slide. "He said 'Relax, you're fine, we're playing hard. We're fine.' " He gained the respect of the team, which started to win again. On his catchphrase 'Gone to Souvenir City': It dates to his days with WEWS sports when he would watch the likes of Manny Ramirez and Albert Belle spray the stands with home-run shots. On his game analysis: "I'm not exactly Mr. Critical. I remember when we first started, Rick Manning said 'Don't ever forget forget how hard this game is to play.' If it's a lazy play, we'll call it. But if it's a physical mistake, well, ok. I've never once been asked by anyone in the organization to dial it back. (But) if you lose six in a row you've lost six in a row. I'm not going to say you won four out of 10. I think Rick is very good at calling it what it is - we have a pretty good balance." On memorable moments from the post-season: "I definitely remember Ryan Merritt." (Note: The left-hander allowed two hits in 4 1/3 innings against the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, his second Major League start. The win clinched the pennant). Underwood said he was in the corridor tucked behind the visiting team's dugout. "I'm looking at this little sliver of the field," he said, and on the last out what he noticed and remembers is the sound. Everything in the stadium went quiet. There was a slight pause - "then our dugout goes 'yeah!' " On going to Wrigley Field: "I was on the bus sitting behind Michael Brantley, going to Wrigley Field. It's a neighborhood, like here, Lexington (Avenue). And there's 50,000 people on the streets. They've been drinking beer. They know who it (Indians team bus) is. I remember Brantley going 'Wow, look at all those people'."
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball Baseball Terry Francona World Series Home run Society for American Baseball Research SportsTime Ohio
Prop bets boost expected record betting handle on Super Bowl
Will either Brady or Ryan break Kurt Warner’s Super Bowl record of 414 passing yards? Station Casinos bettors say ‘Yes,’ which is at plus-350 after opening at plus-400.
9 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Bookmaker Tom Brady Sports betting Kurt Warner Sportsbook Home run Super Bowl XLIII Super Bowl
Baltimore-specific Babe Ruth memorabilia up for auction
A new assortment of Babe Ruth memorabilia is on the auction block, and some of the proceeds are being donated to the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum in Baltimore. The items include a December 1915 family photograph in which the Baltimore-born, Hall of Fame baseball player appears with his father...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Babe Ruth Polo Grounds Baseball New York Yankees San Francisco Giants Home run Yankee Stadium Lou Gehrig
UM newcomer Jeter already a household name
Donovan Jeter doesn’t know Derek Jeter. But in his mind, they’re related. That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Jim Harbaugh Derek Jeter Home run Alex Rodriguez David Ortiz American football Strikeout 2006 albums
White Sox protect three players from Rule 5 draft
The White Sox added three players to their 40-man roster Friday to protect them from this year’s Rule 5 draft. The Sox purchased the contracts of outfielders Jacob May and Adam Engel and right-handed pitcher Brad Goldberg. They also outrighted right-hander Brandon Brennan to Triple-A Charlotte...
3 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball statistics Baseball Babe Ruth Major League Baseball Home run Rickey Henderson International League Chicago White Sox
The Backcourt: Pistons miss Reggie Jackson
The Pistons (6-6) are 12 games in and this much can be said: They don't travel well and they sure do miss guard Reggie Jackson.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Stan Van Gundy National Basketball Association Orlando Magic Miami Heat The Road Major League Baseball titles leaders Home run Jeff Van Gundy
Baseball: Chatsworth is already flexing its muscles
2017 can't come quick enough for Chatsworth's baseball team. On a beautiful Thursday night at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, the Chancellors showed what all the fuss will be about come spring. They are loaded with top hitters and lots of pitching depth. From Cal State Northridge signee Brandon Bohning...
9 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Baseball statistics Catcher Home run Pitcher Baseball positions California State University Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Cubs' Kris Bryant named National League MVP
Two seasons into his major-league career, Kris Bryant has two All-Star selections, a Rookie of the Year award and a World Series championship to his name. On Thursday, the 24-year-old Cubs star added another major honor to the list – National League MVP. Bryant topped Nationals second baseman Daniel...
5254 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball National League Baltimore Orioles Home run Ken Griffey Jr. Alex Rodriguez Barry Bonds Boston Red Sox
Cubs come back to life just in time, and now anything seems possible
Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman just stood there triumphantly on the mound Tuesday night at AT&T Park and waited for teammates to mob him. They happily obliged. Catcher David Ross approached first with a smile and a bear hug. Third baseman Kris Bryant threw his glove into the air and joined the giddy...
1983 points by Chicago Tribune | Baseball Baseball statistics Baseball rules Babe Ruth Chicago Cubs National League Run Home run
Gary Sanchez hits two more home runs as Yankees top Rays, 11-5
As long as teams continue to pitch to Gary Sanchez, the Yankees should have a shot to get to the postseason.
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Cabrera's baserunning helps Tigers top Twins, 8-1
Boyd pitches a career-high eight innings; Tigers' big bats show up despite key absences        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball Baseball rules Baseball statistics Home run Baseball positions Alex Rodriguez Baseball terminology Major League Baseball
Tigers pull within 1½ games of wild card
Tigers’ playoff hopes, put on a respirator just three days ago, are alive and thriving after 8-1 rout of the Twins.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Baseball statistics Baseball First baseman Baseball rules Baseball positions Baseball terminology Alex Rodriguez Home run
Ninth-inning rally falls short as White Sox fall to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA — Trailing by four runs in the ninth, the Chicago White Sox staged a late rally that made a lot of Philadelphia Phillies fans very nervous.It just wasn't quite enough.Odubel Herrera kept up his hitting surge with a homer among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Phillies held off a late White Sox comeback attempt in a 7-6 win Tuesday night.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Baseball statistics Boston Red Sox National League Ryan Howard Major League Baseball Tampa Bay Rays Baseball Home run
Guyer's pinch hit in 9th lifts Indians over Royals 2-1
CLEVELAND — Brandon Guyer was playing for a last-place team until a trade Aug. 1.On Tuesday night, his first career game-ending hit moved his Cleveland Indians closer to their first AL Central title in nearly a decade.Guyer singled in a run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Indians over the Kansas City Royals 2-1 to reduce Cleveland's magic number for the division to six.Cleveland leads Detroit by seven games and hasn't won the Central since 2007.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Kansas City Royals Baseball Baseball statistics Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Cleveland Indians Home run Boston Red Sox