After scoring just four runs in the past 21 innings entering Tuesday’s contest with the Seattle Mariners, the Red Sox bats finally came back to life. The Sox belted five home-runs and rallied back to defeat the Mariners 11-8. (more)
Seattle Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez received 21 first place votes to earn the 2011 AL CY Young Award. Hernandez gained only 13 wins as part of the 61-101 Mariners ballclub. The six-year veteran recorded a 2.27 ERA in 249 1/3 innings pitched, finishing second in strikeouts (232) while holding American League opponents to a league low .212 batting average. Hernandez’s 13 victories marks the fewest for a Cy Young starter in a full season.
The Baseball Writers Association of America voted David Price (19-6) of the Tampa Bay Rays and CC Sabathia (21-7) of the New York Yankees behind Hernandez to round out the top three. “I feel like they got it right,” said Price. “Felix, I thought he deserved it, even though he didn’t have a lot of wins. You can’t really control all that. You can’t control the offense and the hitters and stuff like that.” Check back for MLB offseason updates with us at Ace!
John Lackey let up just two hits and one run to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Seattle Mariners 8-6 yesterday at Safeco Field. The near no-hitter gave the impression that Boston would walk away with the easy victory, but Seattle dug in and pushed the contest into extra innings after a five-run ninth inning rally. Boston eventually solidified the W when Eric Patterson blasted a double to score Kevin Youkilis and Mike Cameron. Youk led the offensive campaign with three hits as Marco Scutaro and David Ortiz contributed with two hits apiece.
Adrian Beltre was excited to first re-visit his old playing field as part of the Red Sox two-week west coast road trip. Boston’s newly acquired third basemen spent five years with the Mariners before signing with the Sox back in January. The 31-year old has produced a .271 career batting average, 250 home runs and 912 RBI’s. “I enjoyed my five years here and I played with great guys,” he said. “I spent a lot of times with them and they were great teammates. The five years I played here I gave it my all and it’s in the past now.”
Josh Beckett is scheduled to start on the mound tonight for the first time in over two months. Boston will stay in Seattle for three more games before they matchup with the LA Angels starting Monday, July 26th. Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
The New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are currently discussing a deal that could send left-hander Cliff Lee to the Bronx for top prospects Jesus Montero and David Adams. The Mariners have also spoke with the Rays, Twins, Rangers and Reds, but it seems as though New York is the best candidate to reach agreement. Lee, a 2x All-Star has earned an 8-3 record with a 2.34 ERA so far this season.
The Yankees have had a hard time with the Lee over the past few seasons, including their only two losses to the Philadelphia Phillies with him on the mound in the 2009 World Series. Lee is scheduled to start tonight against the Yankees at Safeco Field in the second installment of a four-game series. If the deal progresses it’s possible that Seattle will pull him out of the lineup before game time.
In addition to the Lee contract in the works, New York fans will have more to cheer about knowing outfielder Nick Swisher was just recently voted into the 2010 All-Star game, beating out Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis for the remaining AL spot. “When I finally got the news it was great. All my teammates were excited that it happened. That’s the greatest thing,” said Swisher. “Especially coming on a fan vote like that, it shows how important our fans are. Then again, they’re the reason we are who we are.” Swisher will represent the Yankees alongside Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera. Purchase your 2010 All-Star Game tickets right here at Ace!
The Boston Red Sox just signed free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre to a one-year $10 million contract. The complete deal consists of a $9 million base salary with a $5 million player option or $1 million buyout in 2011. Beltre, a 12-year veteran, hit .265 with eight home runs and 44 RBI’s last season for the Seattle Mariners.
The 2x Gold Glove Award winner is primarily recognized around the league for his defensive abilities. Between Beltre, Kevin Youkilis, Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox are now set to showcase one of the best defenses in franchise history.
This week’s acquisition certainly has Mike Lowell questioning his stay in a Boston uniform. The 35-year old is struggling with injury problems this off-season between his hip and right thumb. League analysts believe Lowell will be dealt before the start of the 2010 regular season. More AL Hot Stove to come! Boston Red Sox tickets are now available!
The New York Yankees continue to dominate the league in the 2nd half of the 2009 season. After last night’s 11-1 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners the Yankees lead the AL East by 6.5 games over the Boston Red Sox. Hideki Matsui provided almost half of New York’s production with 2 homers and 5 RBI. The Yankees also got a solo homerun from Derek Jeter.
It wasn’t all offense for the Yankees however. C.C. Sabathia had one of his best outings of the year, striking out a season high 10 batters. With their loss at home vs the Tigers, New York’s rival Red Sox dropped another game back in the AL East. The Yankees got the best of Boston last week in New York, sweeping the Red Sox in four games. The two rivals will next meet in Boston for a 3 game set starting 8/21 at Fenway Park.
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