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08-23-2007, 06:28 PM
Since the NFL has its own thread. It is time for the MLB to have its own.

Anyhow, latest major news has been the fact that the Texas Rangers scored 30 yes, 30 runs against the Baltimore Orioles.

AL Leaders: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston, Cleveland
Wildcard: Seattle

Chasers: NY Yankees, Detroit, Minnesota, Oakland,

NL Leaders: NY Mets, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks
Wildcard: San Diego

Chasers: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado

Howard the Duck
09-10-2007, 10:10 AM
Lets go Red Sox!!!

09-10-2007, 04:03 PM
NY Mets wala kasi SF Giants...

09-10-2007, 08:40 PM
however, the NL is so wide open. Even the Rockies has a small chance to win their division.

Raging Blue
09-11-2007, 12:31 PM
The Tampa Bat Devil Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox 1-0 in tonight's game (US time).

The New York Yankees are now only 5 games behind the Red Sox for the AL Eastern Division lead. The Yankees take the day off before their three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto. They also hold a three and a half game lead over the Detroit Tigers for the AL wild card race.

Let's Go Yankees!

Howard the Duck
09-14-2007, 01:17 AM
parang walang lalagpas sa century mark ah

10-04-2007, 01:34 PM
MLB Playoffs:

Cubs vs D'backs
Phillis vs Rockies

Red Sox vs Angels
Indians vs Yankees

Howard the Duck
10-11-2007, 10:08 PM
go red sox! ;D

yehey tanggal na ang evil empire :P

10-22-2007, 09:58 PM
That Kevin Youkilis is something!
Sox in 5 or 6.
High powered lineup
Not the ending I wanted...still...
How many championships do the bombers have? ;)
Boston has a lot of catching up to do
Masyadong uptight kasi lineup ng yanks, si a-rod lang ata ang loose. :)
Like Manny Ramirez said
'It's not the end of the world, there's always next year.'
2 heartaches for Cleveland in a year must really sting
First the cavs, then the tribe
Close but still no cigar

Bronx Bombers Forever!

10-23-2007, 06:47 PM
Rockies vs Red Sox.

Starts i think october 24.

10-25-2007, 03:40 PM
This series promises to be the most boring series ever in sports history.

Jaco D
10-25-2007, 07:06 PM
This series promises to be the most boring series ever in sports history.

Sabi mo!* First game, 13-1?* *Zzzzzz, hagok, hagok, zzzzzzzzzz.....

10-30-2007, 04:18 PM
Congratulations to the Red Sox Nation.

Boos go to A-Rod and Scott Boras for taking the spotlight away from the Series....

Raging Blue
05-26-2008, 01:53 PM
Bumping up this thread to update for the 2008 major league baseball season. The NBA is reaching the final stretch of the 2008-08 season and baseball will take its place in the focus of US professional sports fans.

And of course to report on how my beloved New York Yankees are doing.

The New York Yankees came from behind to edge out the Seattle Mariners 6-5 to sweep their series at New York and even out their record for this season to 25-25. They have been struggling mainly due to injuries to catcher Jorge Posada and third baseman Alex Rodriguez which made them miss a significant number of games and to the dismal performance of their rookie blue chip pitchers Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy whom they expected to carry the load as starters to the extent that they turned down a trade offer from the Minnessota Twins for these pitchers for their ace, Johann Santana. Moreover, infielders Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano have both been hitting below .200 for much of this season.

A bright spot though is they are in a much better position, standings-wise, this year than a year ago. They are just five games behind the AL East leader Tampa Bay Devil Rays (surprise, surprise).

They have been playing real Yankees baseball the past five games. Cano and Giambi have greatly improved their batting statistics. Sana tuloy-tulay na ito, at least for them to reach their 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

Let's go Yankees!

Mateen Cleaves
05-26-2008, 04:52 PM
The Detroit Tigers stumbling start has been a real downer, considering all the high expectations from the signings of Edgar Renteria and Miguel Cabrera. Thank God we still have the Red Wings and the Pistons for a few more weeks ... before the Lions join the Tigers in the sports pages. ;D

05-26-2008, 10:30 PM
Add to that former Florida Marlins stars Dontrell and Cabrera.

As for my Indians, well they're struggling a bit offense a anemic the pitching though is doing decent.

05-27-2008, 12:26 PM
the Florida franchises are doing well. :p

05-31-2008, 07:51 AM
How about this for fan safety? A spectator gets hit by a shattered bat, and she can't sue the ball club to pay for her bills because of "assumption of risk" when watching ball games.


Somewhat akin to the Middle Eastern reasoning that it's your fault for being there when you meet an accident. :P

06-01-2008, 12:03 AM

Next thing we know, you will be able to buy an insurance product just for that specific risk on a specific game. :D

Raging Blue
07-14-2008, 03:30 PM
R.I.P. former New York Yankee great Bobby Murcer 1946-2008. You will be missed :'(

07-14-2008, 07:36 PM

Lee, Sheets to start All-Star Game

By Jon Heyman, SI.com
Posted: Sunday July 13, 2008 11:23PM; Updated: Monday July 14, 2008 1:49AM
NEW YORK -- The stars have aligned for the Indians' Cliff Lee and Ben Sheets of the Brewers, who will start Tuesday's All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, SI.com has learned.

The left-hander Lee is the logical choice for American League All-Star Manager Terry Francona. He's been the best pitcher in that league all season.

The right-handed Sheets is also having a superb season, but his appointment may have been aided to some degree by fortuitous timing, as both Brandon Webb of Arizona and the Giants' Tim Lincecum pitched Sunday and Reds sensation Edinson Volquez pitched Saturday.

Volquez was ruled out as an All-Star starter by Reds manager Dusty Baker, who told the Reds media, "(NL manager Clint) Hurdle said he would get him an inning in the middle. He wanted to start him but he has some wonderful options.'' Webb and Lincecum would not be in position to start the game.

Lee, 12-2 with a 2.31 ERA, pitched Friday, which gives him enough lead time, and is the most obvious candidate to start after his superb first half.

Sheets, who was informed of his starting assignment on Sunday night, is 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA and hasn't pitched since Wednesday, which gives him more than enough time.

All the All-Star starters, including the pitchers, will be announced at Monday morning's press conference by Francona and Hurdle.

07-15-2008, 12:01 PM
Justin Morneau beats Josh Hamilton (the guy who put up a ridiculous 28 homeruns in the 1st rd) in the Homerun Derby

07-17-2008, 01:14 AM
How about this for fan safety? A spectator gets hit by a shattered bat, and she can't sue the ball club to pay for her bills because of "assumption of risk" when watching ball games.


Somewhat akin to the Middle Eastern reasoning that it's your fault for being there when you meet an accident. :P

That warning has been there for as long as I can remember since I started watching Mets games in New York in 1983.

07-17-2008, 08:19 AM
Please pardon this query. Isn't it that "boys of summer" refer to our cyclists? I was surprised because it is major league baseball that is being discussed in this thread? ???

07-17-2008, 10:47 AM
i do remember hearing the atari's rendition of the classic don henley song on the All-Star game.

it is summer in the States, so that is what they play in the summer.

kaya naimbento ang basketball nun, para may malaro pag-winter.

Raging Blue
07-17-2008, 10:57 AM
The title of this thread, "The Boys of Summer", refers to a book written by a noted baseball writer Roger Khan in the 1970s about the prominent players of the 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers like Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Peewee Reese, Gil Hodges and others, about their respective post major league lives . The Dodgers had a World Series rivalry with the New York Yankees meeting each other four times during the first half of the 1950s with the latter winning three out of the four games. Unfortunately, the rivalry was cut short when the Dodgers moved west to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

Baseball is the sport of summer for the United States the same way cycling is the sport of summer for the Philippines. It's just that the thread starter appropriated this title for this major league-related thread.

07-17-2008, 01:09 PM
Crystal clear now. Thanks for the reply Raging Blue. :)

07-18-2008, 11:00 AM

Nomo retires; Japanese star pitched 2 no-hitters

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer

Hideo Nomo, who pitched a pair of no-hitters and led a rush of Japanese players to the major leagues, is finished.

Nomo announced his retirement Thursday, agent Don Nomura said. Once known for a deceptive delivery and a devastating forkball, the 39-year-old Nomo was released by the Kansas City Royals in late April.

Nomo’s 123 wins are the most in the majors by a Japanese pitcher. He was the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Dodgers and is one of only four pitchers to throw no-hitters in the AL and NL.

“Hideo Nomo was a trailblazer,” said Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda, who managed the Dodgers in 1995. “He represented himself and his country to the highest degree of class, dignity and character. I am so proud of all he did for Japanese players.”

Out of the majors since 2005, Nomo made a comeback this year and earned a spot in the Royals bullpen. But slowed by an injury late in spring training, Nomo had an 18.69 ERA in three relief appearances in which he gave up 10 hits, including three home runs, in 4 1-3 innings.

Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore said the Royals knew the odds were against Nomo when they signed him.

“But he still had the motivation to pitch, so we were more than willing to give him an opportunity,” Moore said. “If he hadn’t hurt his groin, who knows what he might have accomplished with us this year?”

A star in Japan before he signed with the Dodgers, Nomo made an immediate impact in the majors. He led the NL in strikeouts in 1995 and went 13-6 with a 2.54 ERA.

Nomo also created a wave of “Nomo-mania” wherever he pitched. Many fans were curious to see his “tornado” windup, in which he paused with his arms overhead and then twisted his body before throwing.

Opposing hitters weren’t so eager to see him. Nomo’s forkball took a wicked dip, similar to a split-fingered fastball. He was tough for catchers to handle, too—with balls often bouncing before the plate, he led the majors with 19 wild pitches as a rookie.

Nomo finished 123-109 with a 4.24 ERA with the Dodgers, New York Mets, Milwaukee, Detroit, Boston, Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

The right-hander’s highlights were his two no-hitters.

In 1996 with the Dodgers, he pitched the first no-hitter in the history of Coors Field. He beat the Colorado Rockies at a time when pitchers routinely struggled at the mile-high ballpark.

Then in 2001, in his debut for the Red Sox, he pitched the first no-hitter at Camden Yards and beat Baltimore.

Nomo joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters in both leagues.

“He was a workhorse as a pitcher,” Lasorda said. “Nobody alive today can throw a no-hitter in Colorado, and he did. He won the Rookie of the Year, and helped the Dodgers win the division in 1996. I know he will be inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame, and certainly hope he is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He is a pioneer, and he deserves all the recognition in the world.”

When Nomo signed with the Dodgers, he became only the second Japanese player to reach the majors—Masanori Murakami pitched 54 games for San Francisco in the mid-1960s.

Following Nomo’s success, many more Japanese players came to the majors. Hideki Irabu, Shigetoshi Hasegawa and Tomo Ohka were among those who quickly followed, with Ichiro Suzuki, Kazuhiro Sasaki and Hideki Matsui arriving later.

“He pioneered the Japanese players’ transition to the United States,” Moore said. “He was one of the dominant pitchers of his era.”

07-31-2008, 09:56 AM
Tigers trade C Ivan Rodriguez to Yankees

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP)—Ivan Rodriguez was the steady hand for the Florida Marlins when they won the 2003 World Series. A year later, he was the spark that helped turn around the Detroit franchise when nobody wanted to be a Tiger.

The New York Yankees hope he can be a little of both during their push to the playoffs.

The Yankees acquired the 14-time All-Star from the Tigers on Wednesday in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Kyle Farnsworth, a trade that filled glaring holes for both contenders.

“Honestly, I was shocked by this, but that’s baseball,” Rodriguez said. “Now, I’m just looking forward to playing for the Yankees and maybe I will play against Detroit again in the playoffs.”

In the option year of a $50 million deal he signed with the Tigers in February 2004, Rodriguez will step into the hole in the Yankees’ lineup created by Jorge Posada’s shoulder injury. Posada had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday and is out for the season.

The 36-year-old Rodriguez, who has won the Gold Glove award 13 times, was hitting .295 with five homers in 82 games this season.

Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Rodriguez are the only three players in baseball history with at least 12 Gold Gloves and a career .300 average or better. Rodriguez has caught 2,142 games, trailing only Carlton Fisk (2,226) and Bob Boone (2,225) in terms of longevity behind the plate.

“He’s still an everyday guy,” Yankees manager Brian Cashman said. “He’s an upgrade in spite of everything we’ve got.”

Rodriguez has said he wants to play next season and beyond, but for now is focusing solely on helping the Yankees catch Tampa Bay and Boston in the AL East.

“It’s going to be very exciting,” he said. “They are in the race and I’m ready to do my job.”

Read complete article here- http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AvfrzYeab4VYwuFJwAebBqE5nYcB?slug=ap-tigers-yankees-trade&prov=ap&type=lgns

07-31-2008, 10:14 PM
Reds trade Griffey to White Sox

Posted: Thursday July 31, 2008 12:47PM; Updated: Thursday July 31, 2008 7:48PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Ken Griffey Jr. is leaving home to get back in a pennant race.

The Chicago White Sox acquired Griffey from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, hoping the 38-year-old outfielder can help them hold onto their slim lead in the AL Central.

The Reds sent Griffey and cash to Chicago for reliever Nick Masset and Triple-A second baseman Danny Richar. The deal was announced a half-hour before the 4 p.m. EDT deadline to make trades without waivers.

Griffey, who hit his 600th home run this season, agreed to the trade earlier in the day. Because of the cash transaction involved, the deal did not become official until the commissioner's office approved it.

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams coveted Griffey for several years. Once one of baseball's premier players, Griffey has never reached the World Series and has not even been in the playoffs since 1997 with Seattle.

Read complete article here- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/07/31/griffey.whitesox.ap/index.html

08-01-2008, 10:11 AM
Red Sox send Ramirez to Dodgers, acquire Bay in three-team trade

By Jon Heyman, SI.com
Posted: Thursday July 31, 2008 12:19AM; Updated: Thursday July 31, 2008 10:06PM

The Dodgers, who appeared to be running second at best for days in the race for embattled superstar Manny Ramirez, pulled a last-minute shocker and acquired Ramirez just before Thursday's trade deadline from the Red Sox, who were determined to unload the unhappy slugger.

The Dodgers, who appeared to give up next to nothing in the three-team trade, quieted critics who doubted their ability to do deals while simultaneously catapulting themselves into a favorite's role in the bunched and sorry NL West with the deal that was first reported by SI.com.

The Red Sox received two-time All-Star outfielder Jason Bay from Pittsburgh in the trade, while the Pirates imported four prospects -- reliever Craig Hansen and outfielder Brandon Moss from Boston and third baseman Andy LaRoche and pitcher Bryan Morris from Los Angeles. The surprise trade was completed with minutes, or perhaps even seconds, to go before Thursday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, and wasn't announced until well after the deadline, taking many folks by surprise.

The Dodgers look like the big winner in the trade in that they surrendered no one who really fit into their immediate plans while acquiring one of the greatest hitters of his generation. Never mind that they were already overstocked with outfielders, including also Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. Ramirez was also a winner in that he got the two $20 million team options, for 2009 and '10, dropped in return for his advance word that he would OK a trade anywhere. Ramirez will now be eligible to play the market as a free agent after the season.

Read complete article here- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/baseball/mlb/07/31/manny.sweepstakes/index.html?eref=T1

08-21-2008, 10:20 PM

August 4th, 2008
Filipino Fireballer: FilAm Baseball Player Espineli
by Joseph Pimentel/AJPress

FILAM Eugene “Geno” Macalalag Espineli is a Giant in more than one way. Standing 6’ 4” the 25-year-old pitching reliever for the San Francisco Giants baseball team is tall for a Filipino, whose average heights are almost a feet short. With that height, you’d think he’s better off as a shooting guard or small forward in a basketball league.

“I was never good in basketball,” he said to the Asian Journal as the Giants were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The tan skin Giant is one of the few Major League Baseball players with Filipino heritage. Along with teammate starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, who is half Pinoy, Chris Aguila formerly of the New York Mets, and Jason Bartlett of the Tampa Bay Rays, there aren’t a lot of Filipinos playing in America’s past time.

It’s a reason why Espineli takes a certain pride of being a full Filipino in the Major Leagues.

“Since I’ve been here, I realized how great it is to be a different culture and different race it just shows that all cultures can play this sport and any sport,” said Espineli.

Baseball’s done a great job of reaching out to all the different cultures, added Lincecum, who dedicated a game to his Filipino grandfather after his passing last year.

“It’s great that baseball’s expanding their horizons and they are all over the world,” he said.

Both Espineli’s parents are from the Philippines. His mother is originally from Lumban, Laguna. He said he’s been to the home country a few times, the last time being when he was 13-years-old.

“I remember the scenery and small villages in the mountains, and the trees and that it was pretty hot when I was there,” he said.

Espineli was born and bred in Houston, Texas. Espineli said he was only one of two Filipinos in his High School. Growing up, baseball was the game the kids played in his neighborhood so naturally he gravitated towards the sport and dreamt about playing professionally in the Major Leagues.

And about two weeks ago, his dream came true.

“This is something that I’ve been working for my whole life,” he said about being called up to play for the Giants.

After playing college baseball for the University of Texas and Texas Christian University, the San Francisco Giants drafted the left-handed pitcher in the 14th round of the 2004 draft.

According to MLB.com, Espineli’s scouting report that year compared him to ex-major league pitcher John Candeleria, a former 20 game-winner and World Series champion. Espineli’s “tall, lanky” frame, side arm delivery and three-pitch combination - a sinking fastball clocked at 89 miles-per-hour, a backdoor curveball and sinking changeup – made him a good draft choice for the Giants.

“My pitching style is about trying to fool the hitter,” said Espineli. “I like to confuse the hitters with what I throw. I don’t throw really fast; my pitches are usually in the high 80’s. I just try to get it [the ball] to sink or slide.”

After a few years in the Minor Leagues as a reliever and starting pitcher, the Giants called up Espineli in mid-July after he posted a 2.06 earned run average with 43 strikeouts in 34 games for the teams Triple A affiliate in Fresno. During his time in Fresno, Espineli also was a Pacific Coast League All-Star and named to the Olympic USA baseball team.

Espineli said he was surprised about being named to the Olympics but opted to stay in the majors to help the Giants playoff run in a wide-open National League West division.

“That opportunity came out of nowhere,” he said about the Olympics. “I would have been definitely proud to represent this country but now I’m in the majors and I’m hoping to stay here as long as possible.”

Now that he’s on the Giants, he’s hoping to contribute to the pitching staff in anyway he can even if it means humiliatingly carrying a Barbie backpack to the bullpen in front of thousands of people to appease the veterans on the team.

Hazing is what veteran’s do to rookies, and Espineli knows it’s not over.

“I know it’s going to get a lot worse in September,” he said.

So far Espineli has played in five games as a reliever for the Giants. He’s pitched 5.2 innings striking out four hitters and allowing two walks. He’s also given up four earned runs but to Espineli, it’s a learning experience.

“Every time I’m out there it’s nerve racking,” he said. “You’re in front of thousands of fans. Everyone back home is going to watch it. It’s exciting but it’s also nervous at the same time.”

He also knows there’s a little added pressure on him being a full Filipino playing in front of a team with a large Filipino fan base.

“It’s great that we have a built in audience especially in the Bay area,” he said. “There’s a lot of Filipinos there. Especially for a country not known to produce a lot of baseball players, it just adds more fans to the sport.”

Espineli said he hopes to stay in the majors for a long time. He also mentioned that one of his goals is to increase the popularity of baseball by hosting baseball camps in the Philippines.

“I definitely plan on going back soon and that’s definitely something I would check out,” he said. “I know it’s not one of the bigger sports there so anything to get a sport like baseball going to a country will be a big deal and something I would definitely look into.”

He advises young FilAms and Filipinos pursuing a career in major league baseball to “keep working on it and eventually you’ll get to the top.” (www.asianjournal.com)

08-22-2008, 11:17 AM
may chance kaya tayo sa World Baseball Classic?

Could we be the third best team in Asia

Raging Blue
09-23-2008, 01:12 AM
Yesterday, I saw the last baseball game to be ever* played in Yankee Stadium in Formosa TV (FTV) in Destiny cable* :'( Had to make tyaga with the Chinese announcers as ESPNStar sports did not cover it probably due to the Ryder Cup coverage. At least it was better than nothing.

The Yankees won this very last game 7-3 over the Baltimore Orioles. Significantly mentioned was the last winning pitcher (long time Yankee starting pitcher Andy Pettite), the last homerun (by weak hitting catcher Jose Molina), the last Yankee out (Derek Jeter) and the last pitch (arguably the best closer of all time Mariano Rivera). It was bittersweet, especially considering that the Yankees are on the verge of not making the playoffs for the first time in thirteen seasons. But the memories will live on.

I was touched by what current Yankee captain Derek Jeter mentioned in his valedictory to the old stadium. He thanked the greatest fans in the world for their support and hoped that these memories from the memories would be carried over to the new stadium and* to the future generations to come. The entire Yankee team trod around the perimeter of the stadium to wave their final goodbye to the fans in this soon-to-become field of dreams.

However, the team will be moving to a brand new $1.3 billion facility adjacent to the old ballpark complete with additional executive suites and other amenities. The management has tried to as much as possible simulate the conditions and dimensions of the old ballpark. But it will never be the same, to quote an old Dennis Lambert song.

Thanks for 85 years of memories Yankee Stadium.

10-05-2008, 12:48 AM

Rays leading ChiSox 2-0
BoSox leading Angels 2-0
Dodgers leading Cubs 2-0
Phillies leading Brewers 2-0(?)

10-07-2008, 04:00 PM
Angels, White Sox stave off elimination
-- AFP

BOSTON: Anaheim and Chicago fought off elimination Sunday as the Angels went the distance to beat Boston in a marathon contest and the White Sox batters broke out of a mini-slump to put Tampa’s party on hold.

Erick Aybar singled in the go-ahead run in the 12 inning to give the Angels a 5-4 win over the Red Sox ending Game 3 of their first round Major League Baseball series. Mike Napoli hit two homers and scored the winning run for Anaheim in a game that lasted over five hours and ended after midnight Boston time. The Red Sox lead 2-1, with Game 4 scheduled for later Monday. “I was trying to drop ball up the middle and I got a pitch I could handle,” Napoli said.

With lefthander Javier Lopez (0-1) on the mound to start the 12th, Napoli fouled off three pitches before driving a 2-2 offering into left field. Howie Kendrick sacrificed him to second before Aybar singled to center.

Anaheim’s win snapped an 11-game losing streak against Boston in the playoffs.

“We got to come back out here tomorrow and play hard and see what happens,” Napoli said. “I got the adrenaline going so I will be fine tonight.”

In Chicago, John Danks struck out seven batters in 6 2/3 innings as Chicago took a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay in game three of their series.

“My biggest thing is try to keep it as ordinary as possible,” Danks said. “I feel like I was able to do that today.

Dewayne Wise drove in two runs while AJ Pierzynski added a couple of hits and an RBI for the White Sox, who narrowed the gap to 2-1 and will host the Rays in Game 4 of the best-of-5 playoff on Monday.

“Momentum is a day to day thing in baseball,” Pierzynski said. “It’s not like hockey, basketball, football. Baseball changes pitch by pitch, inning by inning. The bottom line is you have to find a way to win every inning.”

10-07-2008, 04:01 PM
Phillies gain NL finals

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Philadelphia Phillies won their first trip to the National League championship series in 15 years when they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 in Game Four of their division series on Sunday.

The Phillies will face the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League championship beginning Thursday in Philadelphia.

The Dodgers swept the Chicago Cubs on Saturday to help set up the best-of-seven championship series.

Pat Burrell homered twice, including a three-run hit in a four-run third inning, to power the visiting Phillies. He also homered in the eighth inning.

Jimmy Rollins and Jayson Werth added solo homers for Philadelphia, which led 5-0 before Milwaukee scored.

Joe Blanton pitched six effective innings for the Phillies, limiting the Brewers to one run and five hits while striking out seven.


The Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday to keep their hopes alive in the American League Division Series.

The Angels won in the 12th inning when a single to center field by shortstop Erick Aybar drove in catcher Mike Napoli for the winning run.

Napoli had been responsible for three of Los Angeles’ runs, with a two-run homer in the third inning and a solo homer in the fifth.

The game had been tied at 4-4 from the bottom of the fifth inning, when Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis tied it up with a line-drive double to center field that drove home right fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Boston leads the best-of-five series 2-1.

In Chicago, the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 5-3 to trim the Rays’ lead in their Major League Baseball playoff series to 2-1 on Sunday.

Game 4 in the best-of-five American League Division Series is on Monday in Chicago, with Gavin Floyd facing Tampa Bay’s Andy Sonnanstine.

Less than 24 hours after the Cubs were swept out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers, dashing Chicago’s hopes for a crosstown World Series, the White Sox avoided elimination before a black-shirted, white towel-waving crowd of 40,142 in their home park.

John Danks, who beat Minnesota 1-0 last Tuesday in the tiebreaker for the AL Central title, shut down the Rays for 6 2-3 innings. The 23-year-old lefty gave up five hits and a run before B.J. Upton hit a long, two-run homer with two outs in the seventh that made it 5-3.

Bobby Jenks pitched the ninth, striking out Carlos Pena with a nasty curveball with a runner on for his fifth postseason save. He had four in 2005, including two in the World Series victory over Houston.

10-10-2008, 02:02 AM
ALCS: Rays vs Red Sox

NLCS: Dodgers vs Phillies

10-17-2008, 07:21 AM
I hope the Red Sox will somehow find their groove against the Rays. Bad trip pag nalaglag ang Boston.

10-17-2008, 11:52 AM
Boston came from 1-7 to tie the game. Now on its 9th inning.

10-17-2008, 04:28 PM
Panalo. ;D

10-17-2008, 04:50 PM
Boston came from 1-7 to tie the game. Now on its 9th inning.

Here they come again!

Trailed 0-3 vs NY Yankees, came back and won the series in 2004.
Trailed 1-3 vs Cleveland Indians came back and won the series in 2007.
Both times won the world series.

10-20-2008, 08:39 AM
And Boston tied the series. One more, Red Sox!

Raging Blue
10-20-2008, 12:14 PM
And Tampa Bay goes to the 2008 World Series by dethroning the Red Sox with a score of 3-1 in the the seventh game of the ALCS!

Not this time Red Sox. Sweet Caroline, home sweet home.... :P

10-20-2008, 02:14 PM
Sayang. But it was a great effort for the Red Sox to level the series at 3-3.

10-20-2008, 02:21 PM
David Ortiz struggled with his bat today. They visibly missed Manny Ramirez out there.

Garza was just phenomenal with his pitching today. After giving up a lead-off homerun to Dustin Pedroia in the first at-bat in the first inning, he retired the next 15 out of 16 batters he faced.

10-20-2008, 06:03 PM
Got to give it not only to Garza but for the relievers as well, killing a few run-scoring opportunities by the Red Sox should be an interesting Fall Classic against the Phils.

BTW, it seems TBS also did those 'Gone Fishing' moments in the MLB playoffs, just look at this.


11-08-2008, 11:49 PM
It's late, but still...

Congrats to the Philadelphia Phillies...

Raging Blue
11-12-2008, 12:29 PM
Congratulations to Filipino-American San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum for winning the National Leagues's 2008 Cy Young award* :)

12-08-2008, 09:31 PM

Fil-Am Major League Baseball player to visit the country

12/08/2008 | 08:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino athlete in a major American sport is flying to the Philippines this week.

No, not Manny Pacquiao.

US-raised Filipino Geno Espineli, a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in US Major League Baseball, will visit the country in a five-day tour that begins on Friday.

Espineli, who was born in Houston to Filipino parents, will be involved in a series of activities that includes holding baseball clinics and returning to his roots in Laguna province.

The 26-year-old was drafted 14th overall by the Giants in 2004, but was relegated to San Francisco's minor-league team. Espineli was even invited to join Team USA for the Beijing Olympics but he opted to play for the Giants when he was elevated to the majors on July 20, 2008.

Espineli is the first full-blooded Filipino to see action in the MLB in 52 years or since the Cincinnati Reds outfielder Bobby Balcena in 1956.

Besides holding a clinic for the baseball and softball communities in Alabang, Espineli is scheduled to attend the championship games of the Muntinlupa Kids Tournament of Champions organized by the Junior Baseball and Softball Foundation.

He has also been invited as the guest of honor of Baseball Philippines' Championship Series, where he will throw the ceremonial pitch for the opening game on Saturday at the Rizal Baseball Field.

Later, he will appear in the Philippine Basketball Association, where he will be featured during the half-time show.

Also on his agenda is a visit to his mother's hometown of Lumban, Laguna and to the nearby Pagsanjan Falls which continues to be one of the country's top tourist attractions. A reception in Espineli's honor will be hosted by US Ambassador Kristie Kenney at her residence.

The six-foot-four Espineli played 15 games in the recently concluded MLB season. He went 2-0 with a 5.06 ERA (nine earned runs, 16 innings pitched).

The highlight of Espineli's Giants stint was his first MLB victory, a 6-4 win over the Washington Nationals on July 23.

"I was expecting the old-fashioned corny pie in the face and I got a 20-beer drenching," Espineli told the Associated Press after the win.

"It feels good to get it under your belt, especially being out there for just my second outing. I was still feeling the nerves. ... I'm still soaking it in. It's gone by pretty fast. I'd still like to get a couple of innings under my belt to calm the nerves."

Espineli will return to the US on December 17. - GMANews.TV

12-09-2008, 04:07 PM
Congratulations to Filipino-American San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum for winning the National Leagues's 2008 Cy Young award :)

The future of SF. He would have have more wins if the RPs of the giants were at the very least, decent.

12-13-2008, 12:17 PM
Hot Stove Updates:

the Yankees are in the sweepstakes.

they sign CC. they are almost signing AJ Burnett. they are eyeing derek lowe.

01-13-2009, 10:06 AM
Henderson, Rice elected to Hall

Posted: Monday January 12, 2009 2:01PM; Updated: Monday January 12, 2009 5:07PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rickey Henderson sped his way into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot Monday, and Jim Rice made it in on his 15th and final try.

Henderson, baseball's career leader in runs scored and stolen bases, received 94.8 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, well above the 75 percent needed.

Rice, among baseball's most feared hitters in the late 1970s and early 1980s, got 76.4 percent of the vote after falling just shy with 72.2 percent last year.

"The only thing I can say is I'm glad it's over with," Rice said. "I'm in there and they can't take it away."

The undisputed standard for leadoff hitters, Henderson became the 44th player elected in his first year of eligibility. Rice was only the third elected by the BBWAA in his final year, joining Red Ruffing (1967) and Ralph Kiner (1975).

The pair will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies on July 26 in Cooperstown, N.Y. They will be joined by former Yankees and Indians second baseman Joe Gordon, elected posthumously last month by the Veterans Committee.

Read complete article here- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/baseball/mlb/01/12/hall.results.ap/index.html?eref=T1

01-22-2009, 04:11 PM
btw, the WBC is coming.

The World Baseball Classic.

02-25-2009, 08:30 AM
pitchers and catchers have reported, and manny has not yet signed.

07-11-2009, 12:41 PM
Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants just got a perfect game. Wow.

07-11-2009, 06:29 PM
Jonathan Sanchez of the San Francisco Giants just got a perfect game. Wow.

not exactly. one error separated him from getting one. however he did net a no-hitter.

07-14-2009, 09:05 PM
All-Star Starting Lineups in St. Louis:


SS Hanley Ramirez, FLA RF Ichiro Suzuki, SEA
2B Chase Utley, PHI SS Derek Jeter, NYY
1B Albert Pujols, STL C Joe Mauer, MIN
RF Ryan Braun, MIL 1B Mark Teixeira, NYY
LF Raul Ibanez, PHI LF Jason Bay, BOS
3B David Wright, NYM CF Josh Hamilton, TEX
CF Shane Victorino, PHI 3B Evan Longoria, TAM
C Yadier Molina, STL 2B Aaron Hill, TOR
P Tim Lincecum, SFO P Roy Halladay, TOR

07-15-2009, 07:36 PM
An old article from the Manila Times, talking about the NL starting pitcher Tim Lincecum ---


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Fil-Am major league pitcher wins baseball’s top award

By Jun Medina, Special Correspondent

FILIPINO-AMERICAN Tim Lincecum is not most baseball fan’s image of a top-notch major league pitcher. In a sport dominated by hulking athletes, Tim is an anomaly in almost every way.

But the 24-year-old San Francisco Giants pitcher beat the odds and was voted this year’s Cy Young Award, pitching’s highest honor by comfortable margins this week on only his second major league season.

Lincecum joined Mike McCormick (1967) as the only Giants player to win the coveted award.

The honor marks a crowning achievement for the Giants organization, in a 72-90 season, and is a deserved recognition for the dominant performance seen all season from the young right-handed hurler.

The 5’11” Lincecum, a native of Bellevue, an upscale suburb of Seattle in Washington State, is the first ethnic Filipino to win a major award in the sport of baseball.

During the San Francisco press conference, Lincecum acknowledged the huge Filipino following he enjoys.

“As far as the diversity of the city goes, it’s up there,” said Lincecum, whose mother Rebecca Asis is the daughter of Filipino immigrants. “You know, I’m a Filipino. I have Filipino heritage in me.”

Lincecum said it’s not uncommon for him to run into somebody who’s Filipino in the community, adding: “It’s just great. I think the game is just getting followed more and more worldwide. To find that in your own city, to find that same kind of following it’s good.”

Sarah Jane von Wettberg, an avid San Francisco baseball fan, said she is extremely proud of Lincecum’s singular achievement.

“I’ve heard people say Tim is small and all that stuff, but for me and most Filipino fans, he’s simply the best—he is small but terrible,” said Von Wettberg, a Filipino immigrant from Las Pińas City.

Lincecum chalked up 23 out of the 32 first place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America and finished ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Brandon Webb and the New York Mets’ Johan Santana.

The impressive record of 18 wins and 5 losses could have been much better had it not been for the fact that the Giants’ bullpen experienced some troubles closing out some of his starts.

In a season reminiscent of Steve Carlton’s with the Phillies in 1972, Lincecum received minimal run support from a team that was outscored by their opponents a total of 119 runs.

Firing 98 mile-per-hour fastballs, Lincecum led the National League with 265 strikeouts (and set a single-season franchise record), was second in Earned Run Average (ERA) and had the lowest ratio of hits per 9 innings.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re 5’11” or 6’5” when you’re a major league pitcher,” said Lincecum, who started pitching at age 10 under the tutelage of his father Chris Lincecum. “You go out there trying to do the same thing, get hitters out. However you accomplish that is fine, as long as you do it. I’ve dealt with talk about my size all of my life, so it’s nothing new for me.”

One thing that will be new for Lincecum is having his image appear on the next cover of the video game, MLB 2K9.

His choice by video game producers came on the same day Lincecum received the prestigious award, and gives some status to a genre of gamers yelling out “woo-hoo”, just like Tim did on his couch after hearing he had won.

“Winning the Cy Young Award is truly an amazing honor, and now having the opportunity to be on the cover of Major League Baseball 2K9 is another dream come true and an absolute surreal experience,” said Lincecum, who was named an All-Star earlier in the year.

The boyish Lincecum, who was drafted 10th in 2006, is well like by fans for his humble, unassuming ways.

His teammates say he eats junk food before starts and doesn’t ice his arm. When he was called up from the minors in May 2007, ballpark security workers in San Francisco thought he was a bat boy.

Raging Blue
10-08-2010, 12:10 PM
Fil-Am pircher Tim Lincecum pitches a two-hit complete game shut-out leading the San Francisco Giants over the Atlanta Braves 1-0 and take the first game of their National League Division Series play-off.

10-08-2010, 01:03 PM
^ He's really very good. My sisters and their families, especially my nieces and nephews in SF, are very happy I am sure. :D They are rabid SF Giants fans. My sister who works at a BofA branch near the baseball park has her baseball autographed by Giants players (they bank at that branch) including Lincecum. It could be worth a fortune later on ;).

09-30-2011, 03:46 AM
The Boston Red Sox: Epic Fail :(. Watching it split-screen was plain torture.

09-30-2011, 04:17 AM
The Boston Red Sox: Epic Fail :(. Watching it split-screen was plain torture.

1 in 250,800,000... those were the odds in FAVOR of Boston and the Rays still overcame it... wow!

09-30-2011, 05:00 AM
Because the evil empire tanked it! There's no other way to look at it.... the Evil Azure Empire! >:(

09-30-2011, 05:04 AM
Because the evil empire tanked it! There's no other way to look at it.... the Evil Azure Empire! >:(

haha in some ways its true, the Yanks didn't have anything at stake in that game and most of their stars were on street clothes. Still, the Yankees lead by 7 runs and STILL Boston had the lead but blew it! Sabi nga ni Ortiz "they deserved that one"

09-30-2011, 05:08 AM
NO EFFING WAY! The Evil Empire paid off Crawford after they pretended to go after him...