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Papelbon joins pitching-rich Phillies; replaces Madson as closer

 

Jonathan Papelbon with Boston July 2011 (photo by keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Jonathan Papelbon is the latest member to leave the Boston Red Sox since their collapse in September.

First it was manager Terry Francona, then general manager Theo Epstein and now the team’s closer.

Papelbon has agreed to a four-year contract to close games for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sources around MLB say that he’ll receive $50 million, the richest contract for a reliever.

Papelbon, who will turn 31 on November 23, racked up 219 saves in seven years with the Red Sox.

The four-time AL All-Star replaces Ryan Madson who closed games for the Phillies last season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, the Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news

Texas Rangers becoming dominant AL team; headed to Series 2nd year in a row

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Texas Rangers had some important people in the stands Saturday night in Arlington that they did not want to disappoint.

Former team owner and U.S. president George W. Bush, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki and current team owner Nolan Ryan watched as the Rangers clobbered the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series.

They are the first AL team to repeat as champions in a decade.

The explosive offense of the Rangers used a nine-run third inning to power them to a 15-5 romp over Detroit that allowed them to get to the World Series a second straight year. They won the ALCS 4 games to 2.

The franchise that started as the expansion Washington Senators and moved to Texas back in 1972 had failed to advance to the World Series in its first 49 years of existence. The Rangers won the AL title in 2010 but lost to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

The Rangers rode the hot bat of its rising star Nelson Cruz. He set a postseason record with his sixth home run of the series.

Cruz collected 13 RBI’s in the series, which is another postseason record, and was voted as the ALCS MVP.

Another star for Texas is the longest tenured player on the roster, Michael Young. Young, who earlier in the season wanted to be traded, has flourished in the DH role. Last night, he hit a home run, and knocked home five runs. Young has played with Texas for 11 years and is 34 years old.

Info from MLB, Radio & TV news

AL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Detroit ousts Yankees; plays Texas in ALCS

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Detroit Tigers did what nobody else felt they would, eliminate the dominant New York Yankees from the playoffs.

The Tigers bullpen led by Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit held off the Bronx Bombers Thursday night to win the fifth game of their AL divisional series.

Don Kelly and Delmon Young hit back-to-back homers in the first inning.

The Tigers will move to the ALCS on Saturday against the Texas Rangers.

Valverde pitched the ninth for his second save of the series, to remain perfect in 51 chances this season. He struck out Alex Rodriguez to end the game.

The Tigers won its first deciding postseason game since beating St. Louis in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series. And the Tigers are trying to earn their first World Series title since 1984.

 

Info courtesy of MLB & Detroit Tigers

MLB AL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Texas takes on Tampa Bay

 

The 2011 MLB playoffs begin today and tonight with the American League teams starting first.

The Divisional matchup has the Texas Rangers playing the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rays did the unbelievable, trailing Boston by nine games and captured the final playoff on the final day.

Tampa Bay also rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees in game 162, on pinch-hitter Dan Johnson’s solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning.

Then Tampa Bay won in the 12th inning on Evan Longoria’s homer to clinch the AL wild card spot, as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3.

The Boston Red Sox held a nine-game lead in the wild-card race on September 3, but went on a 7-19 slump to lose the playoff spot to the Rays.

Thus, the Red Sox became the first team to miss the postseason after leading by as many as nine games for a playoff spot entering the month of September, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The Bosox went the entire month of September without winning consecutive games.

Logos courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Indians Sizemore takes batting practice

 

Grady Sizemore during rehab assignment with Clippers earlier this season (file photo)

Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore took his first live batting practice in six weeks and it “went well,” he said.

The three-time AL All-Star, who once played in 382 straight games, could be rehabbing in the minor leagues sometime next week.

Sizemore hit in the cage for 15 minutes at Progressive Field before the Indians hosted the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

He has been on the disabled list since July 18 with a bruised knee, following sports hernia surgery.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

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