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    Lee, Sheets to start All-Star Game

    By Jon Heyman,
    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, 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.

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    Justin Morneau beats Josh Hamilton (the guy who put up a ridiculous 28 homeruns in the 1st rd) in the Homerun Derby
    Defining John Paul is an exercise in futility...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MonL
    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.

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    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? ???

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    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.
    Defining John Paul is an exercise in futility...

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    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.

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    Crystal clear now. Thanks for the reply Raging Blue.

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    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.

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