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McIllroy ready for Congressional:
The US Open is back and ready to take place at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland starting tomorrow June 16 and ending on Sunday, June 19. This edition of the event will not count with the participation of Tiger Woods, but it does feature other golfers which are on fire at the moment, and that is the case of Rory McIlroy, who says to feel quite confident with his game. The 22 year-old star from Northern Ireland who has 2 major wins under his belt had a couple of rounds of practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and is ready to face the big names in the sport such as Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.
Hamilton stays with McLaren:
Despite some rumors about his departure... more
Andrew Bailey to be evaluated for his elbow pain
After leaving the Monday spring training game against the Cleveland Indians due to an elbow discomfort, Oakland Athletics all-star closer Andrew Bailey will attend to an evaluation with eminent elbow specialist Doctor James Andrew in Birmingham, Ala, Tuesday.
Bailey left the field with elbow pain in his pitching arm after facing only three batters. This pain comes after Bailey was forced to end last season with an elbow injury.
Bailey left the dugout after he got an out, a batter reached on an error, then Bailey yielded an RBI double to Travis Hafner and was visited at the mound by manager Bob Geren and the A’s training staff.
Bailey has 51 saves and a 1.70 ERA over his first two major league seasons, he was named the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year and a two-time All... more
Hiroki Kuroda concerned for friends and family
Hiroki Kuroda, a Japanese pitcher for Los Angeles Dodgers woke up today with great worries about his family and friends back in his land, especially his brother, who travels a lot near the areas most affected by the earthquake. Kuroda knew first about the incident a little after 6 a.m. when he saw the news in the Internet.
“I started looking at the pictures, and the pictures got worse and worse,” Kuroda said, with the help of Dodgers’ translator Kenji Nimura, who is concerned himself about his brother-in-law and his family. “Then I turned on the TV and saw devastating images, and it was horrifying.”
First thing Kuroda did was try to contact his family.
“I haven’t really contacted my brother yet, but the rest of my family is OK,... more
Red Sox Matsuzaka: “It was definitely shocking waking up and hear the news”
When Boston Red Sox Daisuke Matsuzaka woke up this morning he didn’t know if he was wake or he was still sleeping because what he was seeing on TV was a nightmare.
But it wasn’t, what Matsuzaka was watching on TV was the dreadful 8.9 earthquake that shook Japan this Friday.
“It was definitely shocking waking up and hear the news,” Matsuzaka said. “Once I turned on the television and saw what was going on, it was very shocking, very scary to see that.”
Not too far, Pitcher Hideki Okajima and the team’s Japanese media liaison Mikio Yoshimura, pitcher Junichi Tazawa, and new Japanese minor leaguer Itsuki Shoda were sharing the same nightmare.
However, their families are reported fine despite of the magnitude of the damage result of... more
MLB 2011 Season to Start Early
In order for playoffs to end in October, this year’s Major League Baseball regular season will start on March 31 with the Brewers at the Reds, the Angels at the Royals, the Braves at the Nationals, the Tigers at the Yankees, and the Padres at the Cardinals. The season will be over before October kicks in, announced the MLB officials today following the advice from the Commissioner’s Special Committee for On-Field Matters.
“The challenges of our scheduling are considerable, but I shared the committee’s desire to make the necessary adjustments to assure that postseason baseball does not extend beyond October,” Commissioner Bud Selig said.
“I think that any way that we can condense the season a bit [is better for the game], I think there’s a... more
Hall of Fame legend Duke Snider dies at 84 (Gallery)
Edwin Donald Snider nicknamed “The Silver Fox” and “The Duke of Flatbush” entered at the Hall of Fame in 1980.
He was born in Los Angeles, California on September 19, 1926 and he was nicknamed “Duke” at the age of five by his father. Hit .295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times and won two titles. But the eight-time All-Star was defined by much more than his stats; he was, after all, part of the love affair between Brooklyn and “Dem Bums” who lived in the local neighborhoods.
Snider was a center fielder and left-handed batter who played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947–62), New York Mets (1963), and San Francisco Giants (1964).
Snider died Sunday at the age of 84 at the Valle Vista Con... more
Surgery ends Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright season
After a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles, it is certain that the St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright’s season is over.
Wainwright will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after suffering an injury during last Monday Cardinals’ bullpen session.
Cardinal’s general manager John Mozeliak confirmed the bad news Thurdays from spring camp:
“It’s not a real surprise to us but certainly a disappointment,” Mozeliak said. “As we look to the future now we certainly believe we still have a strong starting rotation. Now we’re going to have to look to try to fill it in terms of a fifth spot.”
The surgery date is not set yet.
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Cardinals’ ace Wainwright injures his elbow
Last Monday during Cardinals’ bullpen session running up Adam Wainwright injured his elbow. For that reason, Wainwright is returning to St. Louis for an evaluation by the team doctors.
According to Cardinals’ manager John Mozeliak “things do not look encouraging” for the 2010 Cy Young Award runner-up, based on the initial evaluation by the training staff, and believed it is a “significant injury.” Mozeliak said on Wednesday.
“There’s a problem with the ligament,” Mozeliak said. “But it doesn’t look good.”
We expect more information on Wainwright’s condition Wednesday afternoon.
Wainwright went 20-11 with a 2.42 ERA in 2010, finishing second in the Cy Young Award balloting to Philadelphia’s R... more
Chris Carter leaves New York and comes to Tampa Bay
First baseman and left fielder Chris “Animal” Carter was acquired by the Mets from Boston in the Billy Wagner trade in 2009. He has remained a free agent since December 3rd, 2010, but was recently picked up by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Loved by his fans for his commitment and performance, Carter’s career with the Mets was clearly at an impasse. But Carter’s hard work has finally yielded and hopefully he will have a better chance with the Rays.
Chris Carter attended Stanford University, where he won the Stanford’s Most Valuable Freshman Award in 2002 and helped the Cardinals to the final eight in the 2002 College World Series and 2003 College World Series. Carter has a batting average of .263, has accumulated 4 home runs, and has 28 runs batted in.
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Three Awesome Movies about Baseball (Trailer)
We already had our share of football awesomeness, but what about the old bat-and-ball? Today I present you three of the most moving and inspiring baseball flicks ever. Don’t agree? Take it up with the comment section.
Starring no less than Robert Redford, Robert Duvall and Glenn Close, this movie is one of the greatest sports movies of all time. We see the life of an unknown middle-aged man named Roy Hobbs who appears out of nowhere to become the batter of a losing 1930s baseball team and propel them to the top of the league with the help of his magical bat cut from a lightning struck tree. Hobbs lives the fame he always dreamt of, but could never achieve before because of an injury.