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2009-08-18 00:00:20

Marlon Byrd had two hits and three RBI Monday in the Texas Rangers' 8-5 victory over Minnesota. Michael Young, Kevin Richardson and Josh Hamilton had two hits each for the Rangers, who have won three straight games and five of their last six. Richardson was making his MLB debut. Texas starter Tommy Hunter (6-2) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts to get the win. Francisco Liriano (5-12) got the loss for Minnesota, after giving up seven runs...

2009-08-14 21:54:22

Garrett Mock worked six innings Friday, and four relievers paraded to the mound to complete a shutout, bringing Washington a 2-0 win over Cincinnati. The Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the ninth time in 12 games. Mock (2-4) won his second straight start, striking out six, walking four and allowing six hits. The bullpen gave up two hits the rest of the way, and Mike MacDougal earned his 12th save. Washington scored on home runs by Ronnie Belliard in the fifth and Wil...

2009-08-13 16:12:13

Willie Bloomquist drove in two runs and Alex Gordon hit a solo homer Thursday, pacing a 5-4 Kansas City win over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler added an RBI for the Royals, who handed the Twins their ninth defeat in 12 games. Gil Meche (5-9), in his first appearance since recently coming off the disabled list, got the win, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings. Joakim Sona tossed two scoreless innings to notch his 19th save this season. Joe Mauer slammed a three-run homer and...

2009-08-12 13:42:00

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Last Licks, an affiliate of Steiner Sports (www.steinersports.com), will be hosting former New York Yankees pitchers Dave Righetti, Dwight Gooden and Jim Abbott for a public signing Saturday, August 15 at the New York City location on 2(nd) Avenue and East 93(rd) Street. "Last Licks is thrilled to host three Yankees pitchers who have thrown no hitters," said Stephen Costello, vice president of Last Licks. "This is the very first time we've had...

2009-08-12 01:12:40

Delwyn Young had a two-run triple Tuesday to help the Pittsburgh Pirates get a rare road win with a 7-3 victory over Colorado. Pittsburgh, which has won only three times in its past 21 away games, scored once in the second inning and four times in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Ross Ohlendorf (10-8) got the win, giving up three runs on six hits in six-plus innings. Rookie Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) started for the Rockies in place of injured Aaron Cook and lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up four...

2009-08-11 22:10:29

Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning Tuesday to lead the New York Yankees to a 7-5 win over Toronto. New York had back-to-back homers for the third consecutive game and has 13 back-to-back homers this season. Posada had two RBI for the Yankees, who have won eight of their last nine games. Johnny Damon was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Melky Cabrera had two RBI. David Robertson (2-1) earned the win after recording the final out in the...

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2009-08-11 13:00:59

Merlyn Mantle, the widow of baseball great Mickey Mantle, has died in Plano, Texas, at age 77 from Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman said. Mantle died Monday at a hospice facility, spokesman Marty Appel said. Mantle, born Merlyn Louise Johnson in Cardin, Okla., married her husband Dec. 23, 1951, after his rookie season, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The two, who were married for 43 years, met in 1949 when he was a high school baseball star in northeast Oklahoma and she was a...

2009-08-10 22:12:24

Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the fifth inning Monday to help the Toronto Blue Jays post a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees. Aaron Hill also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won three in a row. Marc Rzepczynski lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the start for the Blue Jays, allowing four runs on seven hits, including three homers. Shawn Camp (1-5) earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of relief. Robinson Cano and Jerry Hairston Jr. hit back-to-back homers for the AL East- leading...

2009-08-10 10:05:00

HOUSTON and WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The publisher and authors of a book about steroid use in major league baseball were sued today by a Texas man who says they falsely claimed he was "pushing" steroids to professional athletes and using his gym as a front for selling drugs, according to The Gibson Law Firm. Former gym owner Kelly Blair, of Deer Park, Texas, alleges that the book - "American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime" (Knopf...

2009-08-08 21:49:52

Denard Span went 5-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored Saturday to pace the Minnesota Twins in an 11-0 rout of the Detroit Tigers. Carl Pavano (10-8) gave up just five hits while pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out five for the Twins, who had lost six of seven games before Saturday. Pavano was picked up Friday from Cleveland. Joe Mauer had a two-run homer and three RBI for the Twins, who had dropped six of seven coming into the contest. Justin Verlander (12-6) allowed five...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'