The Detroit Tigers and All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder have agreed to a nine-year deal worth $214 million. With fielder in the lineup, Detroit boasts a lineup that figures to enter the 2012 season as AL Central Division favorites with hopes to make a run at their first World Series title since 1984. (more)
Jay-Z has a very close-knit and outspoken relationship with his hometown (think hit songs “Empire State of Mind” and “Run This Town”), which is why he decided to bring a two-time concert collaboration with Eminem to Yankee Stadium and Eminem’s home stadium, Comerica Park in Detroit. The scheduled performance at Yankee stadium on September 13th and 14th is part of the “Home to Home” tour that will follow the September 3rd and 4th performances at Detroit’s Comerica Park as a part of a four-night concert event produced by Live Nation.
This mini tour is just the beginning of a strong partnership between the rapper and the Yanks- with the team announcing today that the hip-hop star will be producing a limited edition set of Jay-Z endorsed Yankee memorabilia, including T-Shirts, sweatshirts, fitted caps and more to go along with he and Eminem’s performances at Yankee stadium next month. The items, branded with an official Jay-Z logo, went on sale yesterday and will only be up for grabs up until September 14th. The two nights at the new Yankee Stadium will be the first concert that the venue has seen since opening its gates last year.
Jay-Z completed his 2010 “BP3″ tour to further promote his latest album The Blueprint 3 back in March and hasn’t been on tour since until now. Meanwhile Eminem’s highly anticipated 7th studio album release Recovery, has been on the charts since mid-June. Rumor has it the two rappers will invite some of their closest friends, also some of the hottest names in the industry- among past collaborations is Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Drake- though nothing is set in stone. The “Home to Home” tour is just the next etch in Jay-Z’s long list of collaborations, which he’s already following up with a 5-track EP with Kanye West for this fall called Watch the Throne. Tickets are still available to see Jay-Z and Eminem at Yankee Stadium, sure to be the must see show of the fall.
Mega-star rappers Eminem and Jay-Z are set to team up for two shows in their respective hometowns on Thursday, September 2nd at Comerica Park and Sunday, September 13th at Yankee Stadium. During a Tigers vs. Yankees game this past Wednesday, Eminem stated “this is a once in a lifetime set of shows, and I know we’re both really going to bring it to our home-towns.” Jay-Z added on to emphasize the importance showcasing their talents, saying “we wanted to stretch the genre of hip hop music and show that it can play live audiences.”
Jay-Z just recently completed his 2010 “BP3″ tour to further promote his latest album The Blueprint 3. Singles “Run This Town” and “New York” have both received heavy airplay over the past several months. Eminem is working towards the release of his 7th studio project Recovery, which is set to drop in stores Tuesday, June 22nd. Don’t miss your chance to witness two of the greatest rappers live at their home ballparks. Check back for tickets right here with us at Ace!
For the past three games, all of the Sox RBI’s came from the top four spots in the order. On Wednesday night, the entire offense contributed behind a stellar effort from the ace of the rotation. Josh Beckett went 7 2/3 innings strong with nine strikeouts and no earned runs. “I thought he was tremendous,” Terry Francona said in a post-game press conference. “He had great stuff, and the ball had great movement. It was fun to watch.” In his last 6 starts Beckett has gone at least 6 innings, hasn’t given up more than three runs. and is undefeated.
While Sox pitching was effective, the defense was costly. The Detroit Tigers got 5 runs on errors in a wild 8th inning. The usually solid Dustin Pedrioa and Mike Lowell each contributed baserunners that would score on Curtis Granderson’s long triple. With the sweep, the Sox gain a share of first place with the New York Yankees.
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On Tuesday night Sox manager Terry Francona became just the 3rd Sox skipper to win 500 games with the team. With the Pedrioa, Drew, Youkilis, Bay lineup in effect again, the top of the Sox batting order continued to click. For the third consecutive game, the 1-4 spots contributed all of the RBI’s. Jason Bay drove in two with his 3rd inning bomb, and Pedrioa, Youkilis, and Drew each contributed one as well. Although he hit a single into left in the second inning, David Ortiz struggled at the plate. The struggling Sox DH raised his season average to .186, but struck out three times.
In his second start since coming off the DL, Daisuke Matsuzaka got his first win of the season. Matsuzaka only pitched 5 innings, but he racked up 6 k’s. Daisuke had some control issues, but scattered 6 hits and 3 walks for just one run. Jonathan Papelbon made things interesting in a non-save sitation in the 9th. Papelbon loaded the bases, and promptly struck out the side.
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