Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Albert Pujols Injury Update – Elbow Surgery

October 20, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Albert Pujols Injury Update – Elbow Surgery

Albert Pujols enjoyed one of the finest seasons of his Hall of Fame career in 2009, however apparently he wasn’t completely healthy. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals slugger had arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right elbow. The Cardinals expect him to be ready for the beginning of next season.
While the reason for his surgery isn’t known, sources indicate that the surgery was likely in regards to bone spurs. Last offseason, Pujols had surgery on the same elbow to correct nerve irritation.
In 2009, Pujols had 47 homers, 135 RBIs, 124 runs, 16 steals, a batting average of .327 and an …read more

Jimmy Rollins Hits Walk-Off Double

October 19, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Jimmy Rollins Hits Walk-Off Double

Jimmy Rollins hasn’t had a great season. His batting average was down, his on-base percentage was down and he went through a number of slumps. That, however, is all forgotten after Rollins hit a walk-off double to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS.
With two outs and two on in the bottom of then ninth, the Phillies trailed by a run. Going up against Jonathan Broxton, Rollins lined a pitch into the outfield that easily scored both Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz. The 5-4 victory for the Phillies definitely had to take …read more

Ng has Chance to be First Female MLB GM

October 18, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Ng has Chance to be First Female MLB GM

On Saturday, Kim Ng reportedly interviewed for the San Diego Padres’ general manager position and now has another chance to be the first female GM in major league baseball history. Ng is currently the Los Angeles Dodgers’ assistant general manager and one of just two women executives in MLB to hold that position. This is the third time that Ng has interviewed for a GM spot.
Back in 2005, she became the first woman to ever interview for a general manager’s position when she interviewed with the Dodgers. Then this past fall, she interviewed for the Seattle Mariners’ GM job.
Kevin Towers …read more

Alex Rodriguez a Hero Again for Yankees

October 17, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Alex Rodriguez a Hero Again for Yankees

Alex Rodriguez entered the 2009 Major League Baseball playoffs with a rep as being a poor postseason player. In a matter of days, he has altered that rep and has now authored a number of memorable postseason moments. His latest chapter came Saturday night.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the 11th inning, the Los Angeles Angels got an RBI single by Chone Figgins to take a one-run lead. The Yankees needed to score in the bottom of the 11th. Rodriguez, who led off the inning, quickly took care of that issue by blasting a solo shot.
In the …read more

Bases-Loaded Walk Gives Dodgers the Win

October 16, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Bases-Loaded Walk Gives Dodgers the Win

In the first seven innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers were dominated by Pedro Martinez. However, in the eighth inning, the Dodgers took advantage of the shaky bullpen of the Philadelphia Phillies. When it was all said and done, the Dodgers had beaten the Phillies 2-1 and tied the NLCS at one game apiece.
After the Dodgers tied the game on a Chase Utley throwing error, Andre Ethier came to the plate with the bases loaded. Ethier, who has arguably been the Dodgers best player in the postseason, was able to draw a walk to put the Dodgers up for good.
For the …read more

Pedro Martinez to Start Game 2 for Phillies

October 15, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Pedro Martinez to Start Game 2 for Phillies

After winning Game 1 of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Philadelphia Phillies will send Pedro Martinez to the mound in Game 2. Martinez, who began his career with the Dodgers, will be pitching for the first time in the month of October.
In the regular season, the 37-year-old native of the Dominican Republic was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA. After staying out of baseball for the beginning of the 2009 campaign, he eventually signed with the Phillies and pitched in nine games.
The Dodgers will be starting their own mid-season acquisition. After going 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA with …read more

Clayton Kershaw to Start Game 1 for Dodgers

October 14, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Clayton Kershaw to Start Game 1 for Dodgers

In Game 1 of the NLCS, the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to trust their youth. Clayton Kershaw, the 21-year-old lefty, will be on the mound to start the game. The Dodgers will play the game at home against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
In the regular season, Kershaw’s record was only 8-8, however that doesn’t tell the tale of how well he pitched. He had a 2.79 ERA and totaled 185 strikeouts in 171 innings.
In Kershaw’s other postseason start, he gave up two earned runs in 6.2 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals. Versus the Phillies, Kershaw will go against …read more

Hottest Hitters in the 2009 Postseason

October 13, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Hottest Hitters in the 2009 Postseason

After one series in the 2009 baseball postseason, a number of hitters are smoking hot. Here’s a look at the hottest of the hot — and you may be surprised by a couple of players on the list.
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
In the postseason, Alex Rodriguez usually fizzles. Not this year. Against the Minnesota Twins, Rodriguez hit .455 with two homers and six RBIs.
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
Manny Ramirez gets the headlines but Andre Ethier was the team’s most important hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. Ethier hit .500 with two homers and three RBIs.
Bobby Abreu, Los Angeles Angels
In the …read more

Phillies Rally to Beat Rockies and Advance

October 12, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Phillies Rally to Beat Rockies and Advance

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to be a tough out during the 2009 baseball postseason. The Colorado Rockies seemed to have control of Game 4 — until a two-out, ninth inning rally gave the Phillies the victory and allowed Philadelphia to advance to play the Los Angeles Dodgers for a trip to the World Series.
Heading into the top of the ninth inning, the Phillies trailed 4-2. But with two runners on base, Ryan Howard delivered a two-run double to tie the game. Jayson Werth then singled to score Howard and give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom of the …read more

Red Sox Swept by Angels

October 11, 2009 by Stephen Kersey  
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Red Sox Swept by Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have had no recent success against the Boston Red Sox in the postseason. This year, things were different. With a 7-6 victory, the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.
When the Red Sox entered the eighth inning with a 5-2 lead, the Angels’ chances didn’t appear to be too great. But, with the Angels trailing by a run in the ninth, Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run single to give Los Angeles the lead. Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect ninth to put the Red Sox to bed.
Guerrero finished the contest 2-for-4 with one run and …read more

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