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Hong Kong quits baseball event after Caracas shooting

Daniel Wallis Reuters India 15.08.2010
Hong Kong women's baseball player Cheuk Woon Yee Sinny (R) leaves a hotel in Caracas August 15, 2010.

Hong Kong pulled out of the Women's Baseball World Cup in Venezuela on Saturday after one of its players was shot in the leg during a game in Caracas.

Vuvuzela craze spreads to baseball

Reuters Canada 20.06.2010
Vuvuzela craze spreads to baseball

Get your ear plugs ready, the Vuvuzela is going global.The Florida Marlins baseball team handed out free horns to the first 15,000 fans through the gate for their game with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

New York Yankees hit with $25.7M luxury tax

NEW YORK — Winning came with a hefty price for the New York Yankees. The World Series champions were hit with a luxury tax of nearly $25.69 million Monday, according to information received by clubs and obtained by The Associated Press.

Moving Home Plate Could Help Mets

JOE WARD The New York Times 01.10.2009
Jeremy Reed of the Mets catching a drive by Ryan Howard in June at Citi Field. The Mets have the fewest home runs at home of any team in the majors this season.

As a disastrous 2009 season comes to a close for the Mets, it is time to review the performance of one of the team’s more expensive rookies. In other words, just how has Citi Field done this year?

Tigers maintain two-game lead over Twins

The Detroit Tigers restored their two-game lead over Minnesota in the American League Central after a workhorse effort from pitcher Justin Verlander guided them to a 6-5 win in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.

MLB savior and judge Sotomayor to throw out ceremonial pitch at NY Yankees game

WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up in the Bronx and is a longtime New York Yankees fan, will throw out the first pitch Saturday before their game against the Boston Red Sox.

Justin Verlander, right, is averaging 110.8 pitches per start, the highest in the major leagues. His fastball averages 95.5 miles an hour.

Justin Verlander bounded down the clubhouse steps toward the Tigers’ dugout late Tuesday afternoon, clutching a toy befitting a Motor City icon: a deluxe remote-controlled monster truck, purchased just that morning. It zoomed around the Comerica P...

Players of New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays get in a brawl during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York September 15, 2009.

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Carlson were both ejected after sparking a bench-clearing brawl at Yankees Stadium on Tuesday.

Jeter Ties Gehrig’s Record With Three Hits

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 09.09.2009
Derek Jeter tipped his hat to fans as he got his third hit of the night, tying Lou Gehrig's Yankee hit record.

As Jorge Posada circled the bases in the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, the fans naturally erupted in cheers. The hard part was telling their motivation. Were they saluting Posada for his three-run, go-ahead homer, or reacting...

It's a great homecoming for Dodgers' Jon Garland

Dylan Hernandez Los Angeles Times 03.09.2009
It's a great homecoming for Dodgers' Jon Garland

The Granada Hills native wins his Dodgers debut, throwing seven strong innings against the Diamondbacks, the team he played for only a few days ago.

Swisher Continues His Road Show at Camden Yards

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 01.09.2009
Nick Swisher hitting a two-run homer in the seventh inning Tuesday. He has 13 homers in 26 career games in Baltimore.

It is 320 miles from Parkersburg, W.Va., where Nick Swisher lives, to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where he plays his best baseball. He has no family here, but this is a border state and Swisher makes himself at home.

Yankees Celebrate Bad Day for Beckett

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 23.08.2009
Hideki Matsui hit a solo home run, his second homer of the game, off Josh Beckett during the eighth inning at Fenway Park.

The Yankees have seen Josh Beckett at his best, and now they have seen him at his worst. In their final game at Fenway Park this season — until a possible playoff date, anyway — the Yankees stung their nemesis for five home runs Sunday night.

Sabathia Continues His August Dominance

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 18.08.2009
For C. C. Sabathia, who grew up in nearby Vallejo, Calif., it was a rare victory in Oakland but a routine victory in August.

The Yankees have the biggest division lead in baseball, seven games in the American League East, but a loss Tuesday night would have been troubling, if only a bit. They would have dropped a game in the standings with Chad Gaudin starting Wednesday...

Difficult Victory, and Yankees Have Bruises to Prove It

DAVID WALDSTEIN The New York Times 12.08.2009
Joba Chamberlain, left, and C. C. Sabathia with Robinson Cano, right, who singled home Alex Rodriguez in the 11th.

When the X-ray machine is used more than the star closer, it usually indicates problems. So it was Wednesday for the Yankees, who closed out another exceptional homestand with another extra-inning victory.

Trailing Late, the Yankees Go Homer-Homer-Sweep

JACK CURRY The New York Times 09.08.2009
Mark Teixeira hit a home run in the 8th inning that helped the Yankees ensure a sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

Division titles are not determined in early August. There are too many games left for that to happen. But they can be collared for safe keeping. Teams can have stellar streaks that maybe, just maybe, are the impetus for their never tumbling out of...

Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw has it going, then he's gone

Ben Bolch Los Angeles Times 03.08.2009
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw reacts after allowing a second run to score on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.

Left-hander cruises early before faltering in the fifth inning.

St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday (R) is caught in a double play as he collides with Los Angeles Dodgers' second baseman Orlando Hudson in the fourth inning of the teams' MLB National League baseball game in St Louis, July 29, 2009.

Albert Pujols drove home the winning run in the 15th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in a marathon game lasting almost five hours Wednesday.

Setting Aside Distractions, Mets Win Third in a Row

CHRIS HINE The New York Times 27.07.2009
Pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis took an 0-2 pitch from Franklin Morales over the wall in left-center, for a game winning grand slam.

On a bizarre day when the Mets fired a member of their front office and made accusations against a reporter who covers the team, something almost as bizarre happened on the field; the Mets won a game with a grand slam from pinch-hitter Fernando Ta...

Nats' Kearns' misery walks off

Mark Zuckerman The Washington Times 26.07.2009
Nats' Kearns' misery walks off

One game-winning hit will not change the way Austin Kearns' train wreck of a season is perceived around baseball. The stats do not lie, and there is no stat that suggests the 29-year-old outfielder is having anything but a miserable year while mak...

Mike Napoli, right, celebrates with Kendry Morales in front of Royals catcher Miguel Olivo after Morales scored on Napoli's two-run home run, part of a five-run eighth inning for the Angels.

They finish off a three-game sweep of Kansas City and are 9-1 since Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero went on the disabled list.

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