Monthly Archives: May 2012

Quick Hits: Hamels, Hernandez, Bourn, Jurrjens

It was on this day in 1869 that professional baseball had its first rainout, as a game between the Red Stockings and the Antioch Nine was postponed due to poor weather. While some teams can guarantee games will always be played thanks to retractable roofs or domed stadiums, the rainout is still a common element of baseball, welcomed by nobody except fans of the 1948 Boston Braves. Some news from around the majors as we head into June… The Phillies and Cole Hamels haven’t made any progress in contract negotiations, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney. Some baseball executives expect Hamels to…

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Heyman On Brewers, Liriano, Castro

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com lists 45 potential trade candidates in anticipation of this summer’s deals. Here are some highlights, starting with a team that could be a buyer, rather than a seller: One GM questions Zack Greinke’s ability to thrive in major markets. Keep in mind that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has a buyer’s mindset as the deadline approaches. Greinke and others on Milwaukee’s roster may not be available. Fellow Brewers starter Shaun Marcum is no better than a fourth starter in the American League, according to a GM. It’s worth noting that Marcum posted a 3.85 ERA with 7.3…

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Mackey: For at least one afternoon Francisco Liriano was ‘a true ace’

MINNEAPOLIS — Never mind the fact that only two hitters in Oakland’s starting lineup had batting averages over .230.
Or that Oakland entered Wednesday with the lowest team on-base percentage (.289) in the American League
And the lowest slugging percen…

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All-Star voting for your favorite Wings

Rochester fans can help elect Wings players for the Triple-A All-Star Game.

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Liriano’s arm, Willingham’s bat lead Twins to sweep of punchless A’s

MINNEAPOLIS — Francisco Liriano finally delivered a solid start — his first of the season — as the Minnesota Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland A’s with a 4-0 win on Wednesday.
The skinny
The Twins turned to Liriano for the first tim…

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Trade Candidate: Matt Capps

The Twins are off to a 17-32 start, which gives them a projected 0.0% chance of claiming a postseason berth this year, according to Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds report. Expect general manager Terry Ryan to field his share of calls this summer, when buyers survey the rosters of second division teams for late-season depth. Matt Capps figures to draw interest, as contending teams are always looking for relief help. Yet he isn’t your typical closer. Just three MLB relievers with as many innings as Capps (19) have a lower strikeout rate so far this year: Alex Burnett, Rafael Dolis and…

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Zulgad: Josh Willingham makes Twins forget problems for one night

MINNEAPOLIS – Josh Willingham’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning late Tuesday night had given the Minnesota Twins’ their first walk-off victory of an otherwise miserable season, but the left fielder swore he did not appro…

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Down to last out, Josh Willingham’s walk-off homer beats Oakland

MINNEAPOLIS — Scoreless on the evening and down to their last out, the Minnesota Twins’ fortunes changed on a dime when Josh Willingham hit a three-run, walk-off homer off Brian Fuentes into the bullpen to secure a 3-2 win over the Oakland A’s.
The sk…

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Phil Dumatrait Retires

Phil Dumatrait has voluntarily retired and been released by a Twins, reports Tyler Mason of FOXSportsNorth.com (on Twitter). The team has confirmed the move. Dumatrait, 30, had a 1.15 ERA in 15 2/3 innings for Minnesota’s Triple-A affiliate this season. He owns a 6.20 ERA in 151 career big league innings spread across 17 starts and 70 relief appearances for the Reds, Pirates, and Twins.

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Erik Komatsu clears waivers, will re-join Washington Nationals

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins announced that Erik Komatsu has cleared waivers.
Per Major League Baseball’s Rule-5 guidelines he was offered back to the Washington Nationals, who elected to accept his contract and assign him to Triple-A.
Komatsu, 2…

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