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Posts Tagged ‘American League Championship Series.’

Pitcher who fought Billy Martin, Dave Boswell dies of heart attack at 67

 

Dave Boswell in 2010 (photo by Wallstreethotrod via wikipedia commons)

Pitcher Dave Boswell, who won 20 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1969 despite missing a couple of weeks after a fight with manager Billy Martin, has died at age 67 of a heart attack at his home in Joppa, Maryland.

Following a 1969 game in Detroit,  Boswell got into a fight with teammate Bob Allison and Manager Billy Martin outside the Lindell AC bar close to Tiger Stadium. After knocking out Allison with one punch, Martin knocked out Boswell giving him a cut that required 20 stitches. Despite the off-field injury, Boswell would still go on to win 20 games in 1969, helping the Twins win the American League West Division.

Boswell had a record of 68-56 for Minnesota, Detroit and Baltimore from 1964-1971.

The Baltimore, Maryland native pitched in 205 games, 151 of them as a starting pitcher. He pitched 37 complete games, including six shutouts, and finished with a 3.52 ERA.

During the American League Championship Series,  Boswell would lose 1-0 in 11 innings to the Baltimore Orioles and  pitcher Dave McNally. He later revealed that he had suffered a career-ending arm injury during the game on a slider thrown to strike out slugger Frank Robinson in the bottom of the 10th inning.

 

Info compiled from Baltimore Orioles, MLB, 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

Tigers lose injured Ordonez for rest of playoffs; 2nd game of playoffs rained out

The second game of the American League Championship Series was rained out and has been rescheduled for Monday afternoon (today). Both Detroit and Texas will lose their travel day. Game 3 is still set for Tuesday in Detroit.

Magglio Ordonez (file photo)

The Tigers, behind in the series 1-0, have lost one of their veteran, starting outfielder for the series.

Magglio Ordonez is out for the rest of the season after he re-fractured his right ankle, which was surgically repaired in July 2010. He missed more than a month this summer because of problems with that same ankle.

 

Info courtesy of the Detroit Tigers & MLB news

AL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS: Rangers beat Tampa Bay; advances to ALCS

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

In 2010, the Texas Rangers won the AL West for the first time since 1999 and then beat Tampa Bay in five games and New York in six to earn the franchise’s first-ever AL pennant.

This year, Texas defeated Tampa Bay with three straight wins after dropping the first game in Arlington, Texas.

The Rangers were led in the deciding game of this series by Adrian Beltre, who hit three homers and starting pitcher Matt Harrison, who earned the win in a 4-3 win in St. Petersburg, Florida.

They clinched the best-of-five American League divisional series 3-1 and moved the Rangers to the American League championship series against Detroit or New York on Saturday.

Texas is trying to become the first AL team other than the Yankees to repeat as league champions since Toronto in 1992-93.

Info compiled from MLB & the Texas Rangers

Indians release inconsistent reliever Lewis

Jensen Lewis (file photo)

The Cleveland Indians have released reliever Jensen Lewis from the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Columbus.

The 27-year-old said on his Twitter account, @JLEWFifty that he was “completely shell-shocked and never thought this would happen.”

Lewis was a third-round pick by Cleveland during the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, and as a rookie in 2007 helped the Indians reach the American Championship Series, compiling a fine 2.15 ERA in 26 games.

This year, the Cincinnati, Ohio native could not earn a spot on the Indians roster. After a tough Spring Training, Lewis cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A Columbus to open the season. In 22 games for Columbus, he went 3-2 with a 5.14 ERA allowing 15 walks in 28 innings.

In parts of four seasons with the Tribe, Lewis went 7-11 with a 3.68 ERA in 161 games.  In 2010, Lewis garnered a 2.97 ERA in 37 games out of the bullpen.

 

Info courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

 

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