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Posts Tagged ‘All-star game.’

Washington Nationals dilemma: Strasburg innings to be limited even if needed in pennant race

Stephen Strasburg (photo by dbking, Kanesue via wikipedia commons)

If the Washington Nationals are going to get into the playoffs, they’ll have to be very creative with the innings pitched by staff ace, 24-year-old Stephen Strasburg.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been saying for weeks that the former San Diego State star will not pitch more than 180 innings in 2012.

So far, Strasburg is on pace to pitch 184.1 innings in a very solid year so far.

In April 2012, Strasburg accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run. Consequently he was named National League Player of the Month.  On May 20, Strasburg went 2-for-2 as a hitter in a game against the Baltimore Orioles and hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen.

In his June 13 start against the Toronto Blue Jays, Strasburg became the first pitcher of the year to strike out 100 batters.

On July 1, Strasburg was elected to his first All-Star Game.

The Washington Nationals have been controlling the National League East since the early days of the season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

NHL commissioner Bettman says Blue Jackets future looks bright

 

 

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (megasportsnews.com photo)

Friday’s NHL/Columbus Blue Jackets logo unveiling was a perfect day.

The weather cooperated and a crowd of over 2,000 showed up for the occasion.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who has always been in Columbus’ corner since the league decided to put a team here 12 years ago, said that the 2007 Entry Draft proved that the capital of Ohio was worthy to host jewel events like the All-Star Game.

Bettman said that he could recall 15 years ago when the Arena District was a vision with the decaying and abandoned state prison was still around. Now, it is a reality and worth the league’s gamble to come to Columbus, Ohio. After all, Columbus is the 15th-largest city in the United States.

Friday was the unveiling of the 2013 All-Star Game logo which is a combination of Blue Jackets’ main sweater with the colors red, white, blue and silver, the swirling state flag of Ohio, a capital star draped over two sticks and the NHL shield.

(courtesy of the Columbus Blue Jackets)

Some people around the National Hockey League wonder why the Blue Jackets were awarded an All-Star considering they are annual losers.

Bettman said that the game was awarded because Columbus is a remarkable NHL city, with a great arena and a reward for the loyal fans.

He did say that the future is bright for the Blue Jackets. “It’s only going to get better when the team gets more competitive”, Bettman said.

(megasportsnews.com photo)

MLS adds final six players to All-Star team

 

(courtesy of MLS)

Major League Soccer has added six final additions to its playing roster for the upcoming All-Star Game when the MLS All-Stars will play English Premier League champion Manchester United on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

The six players were decided in balloting by MLS players.

The list includes LA Galaxy midfielder Juninho, Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso, D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario, Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, Vancouver forward Eric Hassli and New York midfielder Joel Lindpere.

 

Info courtesy of Major League Soccer

Two wins in a row for National League; Fielder, pitching stars

 

(courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks & MLBpressbox.com)

The National League, the past two All-Star Games, have show the same formula it displayed in the 1970′s and 80′s, pitching, speed, defense and power-hitting.

Prince Fielder supplied the power with a three-run homer, Roy Halladay and the relief corp shut the AL on a six-hitter to lead the National League to a 5-1 win at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

This is the first two-game winning streak by the National League since the mid-1990′s. The National League’s best run since taking three in a row from 1994-96. They had lost 12 straight games before winning 3-1 at Anaheim in 2010.

The senior circuit claimed home-field advantage in the World Series.

Adrian Gonzalez supplied the only A.L. run with a homer off of Cliff Lee to give the American League a 1-0 lead that didn’t last long.

The home runs by Fielder and Gonzalez were the first in the All-Star Game since 2008 when J.D. Drew belted one at Yankee Stadium.

Tyler Clippard earned the win despite giving up a single to the only batter he faced, Adrian Beltre, which got Jose Bautista thrown out at the plate. He was followed by Clayton Kershaw, Jair Jurrgens, Craig Kimbrall, Jonny Venters, Heath Bell, Joel Hanrahan and Brian Wilson who turned out the lights on the junior circuit.

Texas’ lefty C.J. Wilson, who gave up the home run to Fielder, which bounced off the yellow line in left-center field and out of the park, was the loser.

Fielder, who always seems to have a frown on his face, was all smiles during the game. He won the MVP award after becoming the first Brewers player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game.

With players on both sides dropping out due to various injuries, the total was 16.

 

compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks & Milwaukee Brewers news

 

Cleveland’s Asdrubal Cabrera named All-Star starter

 

Asdrubal Cabrera (photo by Ron Vesely MLB photos via Getty Images courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has had All-Star numbers all season and to most people should’ve been the AL starter for the All-Star Game hands down.

Cabrera is batting .294 with 14 homers and 50 RBI’s and will be making his first All-Star Game.

Cabrera will replace Derek Jeter, who was elected to start by the fan vote. Jeter, who recently earned his 3,000th career hit, had to pull out of the game. He recently returned from the 15-day diasbled list with a strained calf.

Cabrera will be joined in Arizona by teammate and closer, Chris Perez.

 

Info courtesy of Cleveland Indians and MLBpresboox.com

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