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Posts Tagged ‘Arizona Diamondbacks.’

Baltimore introduces Buck Showalter as their new manager

Buck Showalter, a former Columbus Clippers player was introduced as the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday.

Buck Showalter (Orioles photo)

He told media gathered at his introductory press conference that he pledges to restore the luster and winning ways back into an Orioles franchise that has fallen on hard times over several years. Plus, the team is in a tough division, the AL East which has the Yankees, Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto, all whom are better than Baltimore.

The 54-year-old Showalter, has built contending teams before with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers.

The Orioles, 32-73, the worst team in the majors this season, will be a monumental challenge for Showalter, who is known for his no-non sense, attention to detail, preparation and ability to work with young talent.

Showalter was hired last week, but his first game will be Tuesday (today) against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Camden Yards.

compiled from staff, wire and Baltimore Orioles news

Dontrelle Willis is looking for a new home as D-Backs designate him for assignment

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been making changes in their baseball club over the past week and now Dontrelle Willis is the latest personality swept out the door.

The team, designated the tall lefty for assignment Sunday and recalled young left-handed reliever Jordan Norberto from Triple-A Reno. In his brief stay in Arizona, Willis showed the same control problems that hurt him with Detroit.

The D-Backs acquired Willis from the Tigers on June 1 for right-hander Billy Buckner, with Detroit picking up most of the pitcher’s $12 million salary. In six games with Arizona, five as a starting pitcher, Willis was 1-1 with a 6.85 ERA. He struck out 13 and walked 27 in 22 & 1/3 innings.

Dontrelle Willis out of job again (mlb)

Willis was recently moved to the bullpen, his only game as a reliever was Saturday night, when Willis gave up three runs on three hits in one inning of Arizona’s 14-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Willis had lost his starting job to Barry Enright, a 24-year-old right-hander who was called up from Double-A Mobile and held St. Louis to a run in five innings in Arizona’s 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Hinch is out as Arizona manager; Gibson is in

compiled from staff and wire reports

The ownership of the Arizona Diamondbacks have shaken up the front office and the dugout.

General manager Josh Byrnes, three years ago coveted as a genius and given an unheard of eight-year contact extension, was fired recently along with young manager A.J. Hinch, whose team was 34 games under .500 in less than one full season on the job.

Kirk Gibson Arizona interim manager (mlb)

A.J. Hinch (mlb)

A name so recognizable with winning and hard-nosed play, Kirk Gibson, moves up from being the bench coach to become interim manager. Former major league pitcher Jerry DiPoto moves from vice president of player personnel to interim general manager.

The shakeup happened as the Diamondbacks are in the midst of a 10-game home stand anchored in last place in the NL West for the second year in a row, 15 games behind the San Diego Padres.

The 36-year-old Hinch, is the fourth manager to lose his job this year. In order, Trey Hillman of Kansas City, Dave Trembley of Baltimore and Fredi Gonzalez of Florida preceded him in getting a pink slip.

Kirk Gibson will bring a tough, no-nonesense, ol-school baseball attitude to the job. He is used to winning have played for Sparky Anderson and Tommy LaSorda.

He hit .268 with 255 home runs, 870 RBI’s and 284 stolen bases in 17 seasons as a major league outfielder with Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Pittsburgh.

Edwin Jackson no-hits former team, Tampa Bay

compiled from staff and wire reports

Edwin Jackson pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006-2008. His only other shutout in 126 career starts came for Tampa Bay in 2007.

On Friday June 25th, 2010, Jackson (5-6) settled an old score with the team who gave up on him.

Edwin Jackson Arizona (mlb)

He settled down late in the game after a  wild start to throw the fourth no-hitter of the season, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Jackson threw an unheard of 149 pitches, a season high, and walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, in the second no-hitter in Arizona history.

This was the third time the Rays have been no-hit since last July, including Dallas Braden’s perfect game at Oakland on May 9.

Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez no-hit Atlanta on April 17 and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay tossed a perfect game at Florida on May 29.

Jason Bartlett grounded out to shortstop for the final out.

Jeff Niemann (6-2) was the losing pitcher.

Colorado pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is now a dominating 11-1

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ubaldo Jimenez became the first 11-game winner in the majors, although his scoreless innings streak ended after a franchise-record 33, and the Colorado Rockies held on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2.

Ubaldo Jimenez (Dick Johnson photo)

Jimenez (11-1) shutout the Diamondbacks through seven innings, then gave up just his second home run of the season, a two-run blast by Conor Jackson in the eighth. It was Arizona’s  first score against the flame-throwing right-hander in 27 innings dating back to August 2009.

Jimenez allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked three as his ERA rose to 0.93. His 11 wins are three more than any other pitcher has.

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