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Angels not concerned about Bobby Abreu's power outage

Mike DiGiovanna Los Angeles Times 13.05.2009
Going into Wednesday's game, Bobby Abreu had a .301 average, .389 on-base percentage and 12 runs batted in but no homers in 113 at-bats.

Abreu has no homers in 116 at-bats, but Manager Mike Scioscia says the home runs will come eventually.

Phillies swipe a victory from the Dodgers

Kevin Baxter Los Angeles Times 12.05.2009
Philadelphia's Jayson Werth beats the tag of Dodgers catcher Russell Martin for one of his four stolen bases Tuesday night.

Led by Jayson Werth's theft of home, Philadelphia steals six bases in 5-3 victory over L.A.

Manny Ramirez's prescription for suspension

Bill Shaikin Los Angeles Times 11.05.2009
Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez looks over the crowd during the home opener in April.

Dodgers slugger had not obtained a therapeutic-use exemption for HGC, so he dropped his appeal of the 50-game ban.

Mets Win Again, Making It Look Routine

BEN SHPIGEL The New York Times 11.05.2009
Livan Hernandez earned his 150th career win.

The lower seating bowl at Citi Field began to rumble and shake in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon, and the din grew louder as Pedro Feliciano prepared to throw a pitch. The Mets were leading by a mere run, the Pittsburgh Pirates were threateni...

(AP Photo/Lori Shepler)

Shaq's spelling was a bit off. His sentiment, though, was right on. "Dam manny ramirez, come on man Agggggggggh, agggggggh, agggggh," Shaquille O'Neal wrote on Twitter.

Ramirez suspended 50 games for prohibited substance

Mark Zuckerman The Washington Times 07.05.2009
Ramirez suspended 50 games for prohibited substance

His face and name are displayed all across this megalopolis, from the billboards hovering over the interstates to the signs around Dodger Stadium welcoming fans to "Mannywood."

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, left, congratulates Matt Kemp (27) at the end of the game. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Lori Shepler)

The Los Angeles Dodgers broke the modern major league record for home winning streak to start a season with their 13th straight victory, 10-3 over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Yankees Still Have No Answer to Red Sox

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 06.05.2009
Yankees Still Have No Answer to Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox have swept the first two series of the season against the Yankees, winning all five games. Like most things in their fierce and ancient rivalry, there is precedent for that. But it happened so long ago that Babe Ruth was still a...

Right off the bat

Los Angeles Times 30.04.2009
The new Yankee Stadium has been a home run launching pad in the first six games played there. Michael Heiman / Getty Images

Angels make their first visit to the new Yankee Stadium, where hitters enjoy the short (or possibly shorter) porch.

Chamberlain Coasts, and Yanks Are Relieved

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 30.04.2009
Joba Chamberlain’s fastballs reached 96 miles an hour against the Tigers on Wednesday.

There are imperfections to Joba Chamberlain as a starter, which should not be a surprise. He is 23 years old and has made only 16 starts in the majors. He does not throw as hard as he did in relief, and sometimes he throws too many pitches.

Manny Ramirez sets up Dodgers' win

Dylan Hernandez Los Angeles Times 28.04.2009
Russell Martin holds on to the ball after tagging the plate on his way to the ground to force out Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval on a bases-loaded play in the eighth inning.

Reporting from San Francisco -- There were more errant throws by both teams at AT&T Park on Tuesday night, more misplayed balls in the outfield, more bullpen trouble.

Patrick Schuster has struck out 60 during his no-hitter streak. His last start drew a crowd estimated at 1,000, including two dozen major league scouts.

How long will Patrick Schuster’s luck last? It is a question his mother, Sharon, has worried about since well before Schuster, a senior at Mitchell High School near Tampa, pitched the first of his four consecutive no-hitters on April 3.

Florida Marlins outfielder Cody Ross fails to catch a triple by New York Mets batter David Wright in the sixth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York April 27, 2009.

Omir Santos hit the first grand slam home run of his career as the New York Mets scored six runs in the first inning to hand the Florida Marlins their seventh consecutive defeat, a 7-1 loss Monday.

Jacoby Ellsbury stole home as part of the Red Sox’ three-run fifth inning against Andy Pettitte.

It was a play that sent a jolt through 38,154 fans and the surging team in the first-base dugout. Jacoby Ellsbury, the fleet center fielder, pulled off the first straight steal of home for the Boston Red Sox in 15 years, a play that served as a me...

With Starter Long Gone, the Mets Are Swept

BEN SHPIGEL The New York Times 23.04.2009
Albert Pujols hitting the first of his two home runs on Thursday.

The novelty of Citi Field wore off as soon as the first homestand ended. When the Mets return Friday, as a reeling team playing in an $800 million palace, they will be ushered back to reality. Fans showed little patience during the team’s slow sta...

Yankees Make Last Homer Count, Beating Oakland

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 22.04.2009
Melky Cabrera's home run in the 14th inning, his second of the game, won it for the Yankees.

Home runs and expensive empty seats dominated the first homestand at the new Yankee Stadium. When it ended Wednesday, in the 14th inning of the longest game the Yankees have played in almost seven years, it was appropriate that a homer sent a patc...

Red Sox’s Ortiz Goes From Fearsome to Worrisome

ALAN SCHWARZ The New York Times 21.04.2009
David Ortiz has not come back from his struggles in last year’s postseason, when he was barely a factor.

One of these days, a David Ortiz slump will be a sign of something more. At some point his slow start will be an undertow he cannot escape, and his lightning wrists and thunderous bat will be wrested into retirement.

White Sox players score a visit with 1st Fan at White House

Mike Dorning, Mark Gonzales Chicago Tribune 21.04.2009
White Sox players score a visit with 1st Fan at White House

WASHINGTON — Baseball teams usually get a meeting at the White House after winning the World Series. But when the occupant of the Oval Office has been designated "1st Fan" of the Chicago White Sox, turns out there's time in the presidential schedu...

Baseball Fights Fakery With an Army of Authenticators

JOHN BRANCH The New York Times 20.04.2009
Collectors items come in all shapes and sizes. An authenticator, above, certified the bases used during a game at Yankee Stadium.

There was little hope for authenticating the first home run ball at the new Yankee Stadium. It would probably disappear into the outfield seats. Even if a fan tossed it back onto the field, there would be no guarantee that it was the same ball.

Sheffield hits 500th home run

New York Mets' Gary Sheffield (10) reacts after hitting his 500th home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, April 17, 2009, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Sheffield hit his 500th home run Friday night to became the 25th player in major league history to reach the milestone, belting a drive to left off Milwaukee's Mitch Stetter leading off the seventh inning.

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