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2014 spring training: Tanaka throws first bullpen session for Yankees

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  • TAMPA, Fla. — Masahiro Tanaka shed the dark business suit and put on a gray Yankees T-shirt and blue shorts.Time to get to work. After agreeing to a $155 million, seven-year contract on Jan. 22 and chartering from Tokyo to New York in a 787 for a news conference, the 25-year-old right-hander threw his first bullpen session under the watch of the Yankees.Two days before the official start of the team's spring training workouts, Tanaka breezed through a 25-pitch bullpen session to catcher Francisco Cervelli on Thursday at New York's minor league complex. "I could see his face. Looks like he wants to have fun," Cervelli said.Tanaka threw two- and four-seam fastballs, splitters and sliders. Cervelli estimated Tanaka threw at about 60 percent strength, and he said pitcher Ivan Nova and coaches were around for the session."The fastball travels so well. I think his mechanics are so smooth," Cervelli said. "Japanese pitchers, they all got five, six pitches. So it's fun just to be behind the plate and catch it."Tan夜网论坛aka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year in 27 starts and one relief appearance, leading the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title. Starting pitchers appear just once a week in Japan, so Tanaka will have to adjust to the major league schedule of starting every fifth day."You have to retrain the arm a little bit," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "I'm trying right now to moderate his schedule according to what he's done in the past because he's stayed healthy pretty much throughout his career."Rothschild said Tanaka laughed a lot and was good natured. Cervelli giggled and smiled when talking about Tanaka's flight to the U.S. — his aircraft, which seats about 200, had five human passengers plus a toy poodle. Cervelli, who has a $700,000 salary, can only aspire to such a lifestyle."I would love to. I think first class can be fine," he said. "You know how many home runs I have to hit to get on that plane?"He paused, then finished his thought."But nothing is impossible."[......]

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    World Series journal: Baseball's long winter almost here

    By xa1
  • BOSTON — It was only for a brief moment, and I was much more focused on the road in a driving rainstorm at not quite 6 in the morning, but I saw it clearly enough, and I know what I saw.The giant Kansas City Royals logo, shrouded in darkness and rain and maybe a little hail, was most definitely the back of the scoreboard of Kauffman Stadium. Just another ballpark gone quiet for the winter. There are 29 of them now, including the one I left about five hours earlier, Busch Stadium in St. Louis. WORLD SERIES 2013: Best images from the Fall Classic | Game 6 previewThere is definitely one game left, maybe two, in baseball in 2013, with Fenway Park the scene for the conclusion of the World Series. The ballparks won't all be left empty in the winter, because this is 2013, and will be 2014, and in most places, they just don't do empty for the winter anymore, because somewhere along the line there was a discovery that you could use a baseball stadium more than 81 days out of the year, plus playoffs. That discovery was longer ago than it might seem, and the best reminder of that is in Oakland, where the Raiders will play into December at the home of the A's. There still are CFL games to play in Toronto, and a monster truck rally there, too. College football has some bowl games in baseball parks. Hockey games have become a semi-regular feature, and this winter that will even include Dodger Stadium. In Texas, they had a food truck festival last weekend, and a Christian music concert is coming. St. Louis, the last active National League park, will host soccer. Fenway Park is open for tours year round, and so is Wrigley Field. I saw people going in for one the other day when I was in Chicago and got lunch a block away from the corner of Clark and Addison.I flew into Chicago and out of Kansas City for World Series games in St. Louis, just like I flew in and out of Akron for division series games in Pittsburgh and Detroit. I tell people about these itineraries, and they think I'm nuts, and they're right. The secret is, I enjoy the long late-night drives on the interstate, blasting the radio and accompanied almost exclusively by trucks.CARDINALS GROUNDED: Mechanical issues cause lengthy flight delayIt's exhausting, sure, but so is an easy travel day. Anytime you get on a plane, it's going to wind up being disorienting, because it never stops being weird to climb into a giant metal tube in one city, sit still for a couple of hours, and wind up in another city. I love flying, but it's not something that's natural.So, I drove to Kansas City, and the enjoyable part is mentally unplugging for a few hours in a nighttime sensory deprivation tank of following those red truck tail lights and white slashed lane lines. The mind can wander, and stress vanishes. Every hour or so, the human bladder offers a reminder that the mind should not wander too much, because you are still driving an automobile, and after a pit stop and some soda to restart that cycle, it's b[......]

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    World Series 2013: Boston celebrates, gears up for Saturday parade

    By xa1
  • BOSTON — The Red Sox have now won three World Series in the past decade — but not since the days of Babe Ruth had Boston won a fall classic in its beloved Fenway Park.The historic feat sent Boston fans spilling into the streets Wednesday night to celebrate Boston's 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6. Amid the cheers and high-fives, the white lights of Boston's Prudential Tower read "GO SOX." "Words cannot describe how I feel," said Red Sox fan Sam D'Arrigo. "This is what being a Boston fan is all about."The win capped an emotional season for the Red Sox, one heavy with the reminder of the Boston Marathon bombings in April, which left three people dead and more than 260 wounded. Players wore "Boston Strong" logos on their left sleeves and a giant "B Strong" logo was mowed into Fenway's outfield. "We needed this," said Mark Porcaro of Boston. "They were an easy team to get behind because they stood up for us when we needed them most."An excited Boston Mayor Tom Menino tweeted: "Get the ducks ready, we're having a parade." He was referring to the duck boat parades the city had had during previous sports celebrations.After the game, police set up barriers to funnel the crowds away from Fenway Park and mounted police and officers on bicycles patrolled the area. Some fans were obviously intoxicated. A few young men climbed a pole holding a traffic light.A large group gathered near the marathon finish line, chanting and blocking traffic until police arrived.Police said on Twitter that they'd arrested nine people for unruly behavior. Throughout the night, the department had tweeted cautionary messages, encouraging fans to "Celebrate with pride" and "Celebrate responsibly." Police later thanked the "tens of thousands" of Red Sox fans who took their warnings seriously.In New Hampshire, celebrations turned destructive at several college campuses. In the largest incident, University of New Hampshire officials say police used pepper spray and pepper balls to break up a crowd of several hundred students that had gathered at the Durham campus. Officials said some of the students threw glass bottles at officers.Boston has hosted several celebrations over the last decade as the Celtics, Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox have all won titles since 2004, but some of the post-championship partying has caused problems. In 2004, a 21-year-old college student was killed by a pepper pellet fired by Boston police during crowd-control efforts following the Red Sox win in the American League Championship Series. In 2008, a 22-year-old man died after police took him into custody during street celebrations of the Celtics' title.In St. Louis, fans were disappointed that the Cardinals lost.Ed Moreland watched the game while cleaning offices at a downtown bank building. "We had a good team. We fought for it," he said. "Boston was just a bit stronger."At The Dubliner, an Irish pub near the St. Louis Convention Center, bartender David Fitzgibbons suggested t[......]

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    Brewers' Ryan Braun regrets 65-game ban, eager to move on

    By xa1
  • MILWAUKEE — While Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun doesn't think he can ever stop apologizing, he's also ready for a new chapter in his baseball career.It's been a unique offseason for Braun, the 2011 NL MVP trying to make amends with fans and teammates following his 65-game suspension last year for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement. "I don't ever know if I could apologize e夜网论坛nough for what's occurred, you know? I just continue to move forward and obviously I'll be apologetic," Braun said Sunday morning before an appearance at Brewers On Deck, the team's annual offseason fan event.Save for one heckler, Braun received a relatively warm welcome. At one point, he got a standing ovation when introduced on stage for a "Hollywood Squares" type game show. "I wish I could go back and do things differently, but I can't. All I can do is move forward and make the best of the opportunities presented to me," Braun told reporters.The event at a downtown Milwaukee convention center was Braun's first major public appearance since his admission last year that he took performance-enhancing drugs and accepted his suspension in late July, abandoning claims he was innocent.Since then, Braun has kept in touch with management and teammates. He's made at least one low-key appearance for a charity, and spoke to the media the day before Thanksgiving at a food drive at Miller Park.Braun said he thinks he's called every suite holder and many season ticket holders, and he said it he had one "really challenging conversation."It matters what people think, he said."I've always taken tremendous pride in being a role model. I made a huge mistake. I've paid a great price for that mistake," he said. "I deeply regret it. I wish I could change it."Despite all that's happened, there were still a fair number of fans wearing No. 8 Braun jerseys on Sunday.When asked his first question on the mock game show, a heckler from the audience yelled "You know he's lying."Braun ignored the jab but played it off his next time up."As a fan so graciously pointed out, I've gotten in trouble in the past for not being completely forthcoming," Braun said.Manager Ron Roenicke said it was important for Braun to build his relationship with fans the community, though getting back to the level of interaction and acceptance from before the suspension won't "happen overnight.""He's served the penalty Major League Baseball has come up with, and hopefully that's beyond what we need to address now," Roenicke said.Suspension aside, a thumb injury also limited Braun — part of a litany of injuries that hit the Brewers. Braun hit .298 with nine homers and 38 RBIs in 61 games, by far the worst production of his career.That was in left field. This year, he's moving to right. The Brewers are realigning their outfield following the trade of Norichika Aoki to Kansas City and the emergence down the stretch of rookie Khris Davis is left.Braun isn't worried about a drop-off in production.[......]

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    Derek Jeter retirement: players react to Yankees captain's news

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  • Derek Jeter is retiring after the 2014 season, he announced via Facebook on Wednesday. It's no surprise that, following the announcement, players reacted on Twitter.I've been a fan of everything Derek Jeter has done in this game, except for announcing his retirement before he's done playing.— Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) February 12, 2014#FarewellCaptain— Jim Henderson (@JimHenderson29) February 12, 2014Might cry when Jeter plays his last game favorite player growing up...did it the right way— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) February 12, 2014All the best to Derek in his final season. He's been Nothing but class and I wish him health and much success this year.— Chris Dickerson (@CDickerson_PFTP) February 12, 2014 As a baseball player growing up in Michigan there was only 1 player u needed to look up to and it's going to be a sad day to c him go #Jeter— Ryan LaMarre (@RyanLaMarre4) February 12, 2014Grew up watching Jeter play. Always aspired to be the player he was on and off the field. #TheCaptain— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) February 13, 2014Derek Jeter is my idol, and will always be the example that I strive to follow. It's been an honor to share a diamond with The Captain #2— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) February 12, 2014Derek Jeter was my first wow moment on field my first year. Came up to me and patted me on the back & said "welcome and congrats" #rolemodel— Josh Reddick (@joshreddick16) February 12, 2014#TheCaptain Derek夜网论坛 Jeter will be missed...Won't find a better person on and off the field! One of the greatest ever! pic.twitter.com/alqU2C4u56— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) February 13, 2014The 1st time I talked to Derek Jeter at 2b he acted like he knew me forever. I wear #2 because of the person he is on and off the field.— BJ Upton (@BJUPTON2) February 12, 2014We'll continue to update as more reactions come in across .LOOK BACK: Derek Jeter's biggest moments through the years[......]

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    Spring flooding? Toilets at A's stadium overflow again

    By xa1
  • Just in time for opening day, the toilets at the Oakland Athletics' home field are raising a stink once again.Rain this weekend in Oakland caused plumbing at to overflow, spreading wastewater in restrooms and coaches' offices. Workers were mopping and sopping up the mess Saturday. The A's play their first game of the 2014 season on Monday at O.co Coliseum, a dated facility that is not among the best in baseball."We didn't even make to opening day," a player told Susan Slusser, the A's beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicl夜网论坛e. "Gives you something to tweet about today at least," a worker told her.While social media helped spread word of the mess, A's coach Mike Gallago posted video as effluent flowed from shower drains and porcelain thrones.It is not a unique situation. Drains flooded before, including last September. That was reportedly the third time it happened during the 2013 season.After a June 2013 mess, A's pitcher A.J. Griffin told The Associated Press: ''Make sure everybody finds out about this sewage thing. We need to get a new stadium.''No question.By the way, Slusser also noted the forecast doesn't look good for Monday's game.[......]

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    Red Sox 2014: Don't be surprised if Boston repeats

    By xa1
  • This is the latest of our 30 team previews, which will run through March 30.When asked last spring to predict the order of finish in the American League East, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell joked that he wanted a hat and five slips of paper. The talent in the division, Farrell said, was that closely matched; the pennant winner could be any of the five. Then Farrell offered a caveat: There was no reason his new team, a Red Sox squad that had finished last in 2012, couldn’t win the division despite the national consensus that they were headed for fifth place again.Farrell and his boys made good on his suggestion: winning 97 games, the American League East, home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and, eventually, the 2013 World Series in six games over the St. Louis Cardinals. It was Boston’s third championship in 10 seasons, but this one was a little different. Several of the key faces — most buried in unruly beards by the end of October — were acquired after the Red Sox purged their roster during the 2012 campaign.David Ortiz (AP Photo) 2014: Impact rookies | Breakout candidatesMike Napoli, Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Koji Uehara were added for 2013 and played important roles down the stretch with their new club. More important, they fit in seamlessly with holdovers such as David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.That core is returning, making the Red Sox the prohibitive AL East favorite in 2014 — no pulling names from a hat this year. But a championship defense is hardly a given. No team has won consecutive World Series since the New York Yankees captured three straight from 1998-2000. Before that, you have to go back to 1992-93 when another AL East club, Toronto, did it.The Red Sox will have to defend their crown without one of their primary contributors, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who defected to the ultimate enemy, the Yankees, for a seven-year, $153 million deal. The Red Sox also allowed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to leave for a three-year, $21 million offer from the Miami Marlins.General manager Ben Cherington’s priority was to re-sign first baseman Napoli, who emerged as one of the team’s emotional leaders and chief beard growers. He slammed 23 homers, drove in 92 runs and provided surprisingly strong defense, earning a two-year, $32 million contract.The Red Sox did not immediately replace Ellsbury, a prototypical leadoff hitter and excellent defender who batted .298 with a .355 on-base percentage and a league-best 52 steals. Instead, they planned to give the center-field job to 23-year-old Jackie Bradley, a gifted defender who hit just .189 in 95 at-bats with Boston last season. Veteran reclamation project Grady Sizemore also is in the mix to replace Ellsbury.To fill Saltalamacchia’s spot, the Red Sox signed veteran A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year, $8.25 million contract. Pierzynski is a career .283 hitter in 16 big-league seasons and is known for his intensity and competitiven[......]

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    Pirates outfielder takes baseball to the mouth (GIF)

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  • 夜网论坛 Poor Travis Snider.The Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder was just trying to make a nice play on a ball that was tailing out of bounds. Then this happened: As if getting smacked in the face with a baseball wasn't bad enough, additional replay showed that the ball landed in play, meaning it was ruled a double.Luckily, Snider didn't suffer any major injuries and stayed in the game.(H/T SB Nation)[......]

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    Injuries have decimated promising Rockies season

    By xa1
  • About two-and-a-half months into the 2014 season, we explore some developments we did not see coming in spring training (all stats through Wednesday) …Plenty of teams have dealt with unfair injury issues this season. The Rangers can’t seem to keep anyone healthy. The Rays have had their season decimated by disabled list transactions. That injury blight has settled over Colorado the past few weeks, and it’s derailed very promising seasons. Nolan Arenado, owner of a 28-game hitting streak earlier this year, went on the DL May 24 with a fractured left middle finger. Carlos Gonzalez, coming off back-to-b夜网论坛ack All-Star seasons, went on the DL June 4 with a finger issue, too. Michael Cuddyer, who is hitting .317, went on the DL June 9 with a non-displaced fracture in his left shoulder socket (ouch); it’s his second DL stint of the season.If you’re counting, that’s three of the Rockies’ eight positional starters on currently shelved. Those three have combined for a .289 average when healthy, and their losses have been felt on the diamond. When Arenado was injured, Colorado was 26-22 on the season and four games behind the Giants in the NL West. Now, the Rockies are 30-35 and 11½ games out.[......]

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    Yasiel Puig swings plenty, hits plenty as data show different trends for hitters and pitchers

    By xa1
  • Yasiel Puig has been in the major leagues for one year, and given that the Dodgers outfielder, who leads in the National League All-Star vote, is occasionally called The Wild Horse, it may come as a surprise that his command of the strike zone is not all that dissimilar to that of famously patient White Sox slugger Adam Dunn.Puig swings the bat more often than Dunn — on 45.3 percent of pitches this season compared to 37.3 percent — but he also makes contact on a higher percentage of his swings, 74.1 compared to 71.8. Both do their share of swinging and missing — 10.4 percent of pitches to Dunn result in swinging strikes, 10.9 percent of pitches to Puig do. What is most striking, though, is the similarity in what they do with balls inside and outside the strike zone. Because he swings more, Puig has higher percentages of pitches swung at both in the zone and out – 70.8 percent and 27.7 percent, compared to 65.0 percent and 17.1 percent for Dunn. When it comes to making contact, their differentials are nearly dead even. Puig gets the bat to 85.7 percent of the strikes he swings at, and 53.7 percent of the balls he chases. Dunn’s percentages are 80.7 percent and 47.1 percent — that’s a 32-point differential for Puig, and a 33-point differential for Dunn.Those rates land both men very close together on a plot of swing and contact differetials in and out of the strike zone. Between them is another heavy hitter, Astros rookie George Springer. Hardly anyone would ever think to group Puig and Joey Votto among the same type of hitters, but both are in the same quadrant of players who have higher than league average differentials of both swings and contact in the strike zone versus out of the strike zone. The Upton brothers are notable as both swing at more pitches in the zone, but make more contact out of the zone, a group that includes Derek Jeter. Those swinging at and making contact with more pitches out of the zone include a surprising number of catchers – A.J. Pierzynski, Salvador Perez, and Jonathan Lucroy – plus Victor Martinez. The final quadrant is hitters who swing at more pitches out of the zone among their swings, and make more contact in the zone — it includes Albert Pujols, Marlon Byrd and Will Venable, who do not seem to have all that much in common.Aside from picking up on some oddball similarities, this is not at all instructive in terms of learning about hitters. Different hitters have different objectives. Some work the count so diligently, they are willing to let some strikes pass by, or are so in tune with their own swing, that they will not go after a pitch that might be a strike, but is not in a good hitting zone. Some hitters might prefer to swing at a pitch that, while technically out of the strike zone, barrels through the happy path of their hack. Nobody swings at a higher rate of pitches than Pierzynski, and nobody at a lower rate than Matt Carpenter — but they are not outliers on opposite corners of the spectrum. B[......]

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