The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to host Manny Ramirez and the Los Angeles Dodgers this weekend after winning three straight over the Arizona Diamondbacks. There is no telling how well received Ramirez will be when he steps up to the plate for the first time at Fenway since his loud exit back in 2008. Red Sox players just recently shared their opinions in regards to Mannys return, collectively pinning the 12x All-Star as ‘different.’ The last time most of his former teammates have seen or spoken to Ramirez was during his final days in Red Sox uniform.
“He was here a long time and put up great numbers and helped win a couple of World Series,” said Dustin Pedroia. “Who knows because you never know what the fans are thinking. It should be interesting, but I don’t know what to expect. It’s going to be fun to see what goes on. I haven’t talked to him since he got traded.”
The Red Sox are just two games behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East Division standings with a 40-28 regular season record. 23-year old left-hander Felix Doubront is set to make his Major League debut tonight against Dodgers rookie Carlos Monasterios. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
Veteran slugger Jim Thome will join the Minnesota Twins in order to further strengthen their lineup in 2010. The former Chicago All-Star is excited to return back east to help the Twins reclaim the AL Central Division. The one-year deal will pay $1.5 million guaranteed with $750,000 in incentives. Minnesota is planning to use him primarily as their go-to DH and pinch hitter.
“They were really excited about me coming there, so to me it was a no-brainer,” said Thome. “I’ve always enjoyed the way they play and how they go about their business. To be a part of that will be a lot of fun to go there and help them win.”
The 39-year old future hall of famer has racked up a total of 2138 hits and 1565 RBI’s since signing with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. In 2003 he became a member of the Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He was traded to the LA Dodgers last season where he saw limited action.
“I don’t expect him to come off the bench and be a .400 hitter. I expect him to come off the bench and be a threat,” said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. “He looks like stinkin’ Babe Ruth. He swings like Babe Ruth. We’ve seen too many fly against us. Now let’s see some fly for us.”
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Jayson Werth knocked one of his two game home runs in the bottom of the first inning to bring in Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. From there the Philadelphia Phillies were World Series bound for their second appearance in two seasons, eventually closing this year’s NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz also homered for Philadelphia, but it was Werth who got the lineup going with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. “Big games call for big times,” said Werth. “Hopefully, we can keep it going. We’ve got four more games to win.”
Cole Hamels on the mound to start let in three runs in five innings pitched with three strike outs. Following his exit the bullpen really held LA’s hitting to a minimum, allowing just three hits and one run for the rest of the game. The Phillies will now wait for the Yankees Angels series to wrap up (Game 5 tonight at 7:57 PM) before the 2009 World Series can officially start up.
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Jimmy Rollins knocked a frozen rope two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning for the Philadelphia Phillies to win over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-4 in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The Phillies are now just one win away from returning to the World Series for a run at their second straight title.
The Dodgers will definitely look to make adjustments for Game 5 tomorrow at Citizens Bank Park. All-Star closer Jonathan Broxton is excited to move on from the previous contest after blowing the win in relief. “He put some good wood on it and it went to the wall,” said Broxton. “It was a good game, just let it get away in the ninth.”
Philadelphia has won 10 of their last 11 post-season home games (10 of 12 LCS games). They will now turn to Cole Hamels to produce a good start for them on the mound against Dodgers right-hander Vincente Padilla.
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After the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the NLCS score at 1-1, the Philadelphia Phillies made sure they would produce enough offensively in order to avoida similar scenario next time around. Cliff Lee held LA scoreless through eight innings pitched as all but two players from Philadelphia’s line up came up with a hit. After pulling ahead in the first with four runs, the Phillies kept piling on the insurance to eventually win 11-0 last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino led the heavy offense with homers in the first and eighth innings to bring in five runs combined. The next two games will be in Philadelphia before the series moves back to Los Angeles if necessary.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre expected different results yesterday but still believes his team to be in good position. “You never want to get your rear end kicked,” said Torre. “But you don’t toss and turn and wonder if you made the right move. It’s still only one game and we’re in position to tie the series tomorrow.”
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The Philadelphia Phillies scored the majority of their runs through the power of Carlos Ruiz and Raul Ibanez last night at Dodger Stadium. Ibanez started the run production in the fifth inning with a three run jack which was later repeated by Ibanez in the eighth, as the Phillies went on to take Game 1 of the NLCS away from the LA Dodgers 8-6.
Cole Hamels threw five innings for Philadelphia, allowing eight hits and four runs but none the less did his job. “It doesn’t look good on paper, but there were a lot of times where the counts were in my favor and I kept them off-balance,” said Hamels. “Unfortunately, some of the results weren’t there, but in the key situations, I was able to get what I needed.”
Game 2 tonight will feature Pedro Martinez on the mound for the Phillies against LA’s Vinente Padilla. In thirteen playoff appearances, Pedro has earned a 6-2 record with a 3.40 ERA.
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The highly anticipated Phillies Dodgers NLCS rematch will start up at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 15th. In 2008 the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies dominated Los Angeles in just five games, but this season the Dodgers certainly believe they have done enough to give themselves a better chance. LA now has left hander’s Clayton Kershaw and Randy Wolf (former Phillie) to counter Philadelphia’s strong offense.
The Phillies have been playing some great baseball themselves, taking four games to knock out the Colorado Rockies in their division series. Wolf looking ahead goes into how the Phillies starting rotation will be quite the challenge. “With Philly, they have a relentless lineup, and even though Cole Hamels isn’t having a typical season, he can dominate. Cliff Lee is a big acquisition, and going against lefties has been a little tough for us.” Wolf continued to speak on behalf of predictions, saying “we were supposed to be swept by the Cardinals. If nobody picks us, that’s fine.” Here he is referring to the Dodgers quick three game ALDS sweep on St Louis.
NLCS Series Schedule – Starting Rotations and Game Times TBDGame 1 – Thursday, October 15th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 2 – Friday, October 16th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 3 – Sunday, October 18th – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 4 – Monday, October 19th – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 5 – Wednesday, October 21st – Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Game 6 – Friday, October 23rd – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
Game 7 – Saturday, October 24th – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
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Ryan Howard hit a two run double with two down followed by a Jayson Werth single for the Philadelphia Phillies to come back in the 9th inning with three more runs, advancing them past the Colorado Rockies to the National League Championship Series. There they will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers with the first two games scheduled at Dodger Stadium in LA. “No one got rattled and no one was worried,” said Werth. “Going back to ’07, we got swept by the Rockies and I think everybody learned a lesson. Everybody knew what we had to do.”
Rockies closer Huston Street was not so happy with his end of the road performance. “We stood toe to toe with the defending world champions,” Street said. “I take full responsibility for there not being a Game 5 and not keeping us alive.” The first NLCS game will take place this Thursday. LA will be out for revenge knowing the Phillies handled them in last year’s series. Philadelphia is now in a good spot to try and earn back to back World Series rings, which was last done nine years ago when the New York Yankees won in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
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In the bottom of the ninth inning in yesterday’s NLDS Game matchup, the St Louis Cardinals held the 2-1 advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers with just one out to go. Left fielder Matt Holliday was given the opportunity to catch a routine fly to even up the series heading back to St Louis. “I didn’t see the ball,” Holliday said. “Obviously, I can catch a ball that’s hit right at me. It’s very difficult to swallow. We had a chance to win the game. It was unfortunate that it happened when it did.” The crucial E-7 was followed by two singles from Ex-Cardinal Ronnie Belliard and pinch-hitter Mark Loretta for the Dodgers to win 3-2.
Loretta, former Red Sox second basemen, really felt the momentum shift their way with a second chance. “Unfortunately, I did know the numbers,” said Loretta. “I really didn’t have a lot of nerves. I felt like all the pressure was on them at that point. I was fortunate to find a little bit of fairway out there.” Game 3 is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:07 PM in St Louis.
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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp homered in the 1st inning to deep center field, setting the tone for Los Angeles as the bullpen worked together to harness the Cardinals lineup to just one run from the 4th inning on last night at Dodger Stadium. Jeff Weaver picked up the Game 1 NLDS win in relief, shutting down the St Louis offense in his one inning pitched. Shortstop Rafael Furcal led the Dodgers from the plate with three hits and a bonus RBI in the 5th.
The Cardinals scattered 11 hits throughout the game despite putting only three runs on the board. “We had too many chances, too many chances,” said third basemen Mark DeRosa, who left two runners on base in the third inning. “Their bullpen came in, and inning after inning, we didn’t get the big hit we needed.” Game 2 is scheduled for today at 3:07 pm.
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