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Reds sign veteran reliever Wuertz to minor-league deal

 

The Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday signed right-handed reliever Michael Wuertz to a Minor League contract. Wuertz has reported to the organization’s complex for extended spring training in Goodyear, Arizona.

 

The 33-year-old Wuertz spent 2011 with the A’s and had a 6.68 ERA 33 2/3 innings over 39 games. He missed a large part of the season due to hand and wrist injuries and was released in October.

Michael Wuertz (file photo)

Once considered a quality setup man, Wuertz has a 21-11 lifetime record with a 3.71 ERA and 444 strikeouts in 426 games  with the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s from 2004-11.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, MLB, Radio & TV news

A’s Matsui recent A.L. Player of the Week

 

Hideki Matsui (file photo)

Oakland Athletics designated hitter Hideki Matsui was named a recent American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 24th.

Matsui will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In five games during the honored period, Matsui batted a Major League-leading .571 (12-for-21) with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI’s and four runs scored en route to winning his fourth career A.L. Player of the Week Award, his first since June 20, 2005.

Matsui becomes the second Athletic to win the award in July, joining teammate Gio Gonzalez, who won co-honors with Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista on July 5th. In addition to leading MLB in batting average, the 37-year-old led both leagues with a .591 on-base percentage and finished second with a .592 slugging percentage.

Among A.L. leaders, Matsui tied for first in hits, was tied for second in RBI’s and finished third with 20 total bases. In Detroit, the left-handed slugger went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI as he blasted his 500th career homer in pro baseball to lead the A’s over the Tigers in Comerica Park. Matsui’s sixth-inning solo shot snapped a 24-game homerless streak, his longest in four seasons, and became the first player to combine for 500 homers in the Major Leagues and Japan.

A native of Ishikawa, Japan, Matsui has 169 homers in nine MLB seasons and compiled 332 homers in 10 years with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League from 1993-2002.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Reds beat A’s 4-2 with Bronson Arroyo leading the way

compiled from staff and wire reports

The recent Cincinnati Reds six-game road trip to the Seattle and Oakland did not start out well. They were swept in Seattle, but have come back to win the first two games in Oakland.

Bronson Arroyo regained his control, didn’t walk a batter in eight innings and Corky Miller hit a two-run single to kick off the Reds scoring Tuesday night in a 4-2 win over the Athletics.

Corky Miller (mlb)

Arroyo (7-3) was coming back from a career-high six walks in a win over the Dodgers, but controlled the strike zone all night.

Arroyo allowed two runs and five hits in a 105-pitch performance, winning his third straight decision against the A’s, but first since September 17, 2005 when he pitched for the Boston Red Sox.

Athletics’ center fielder Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in his third game of the year following two trips to the disabled list, the latest with a strained rib cage.

Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce each had three hits for the Reds. Joey Votto added an RBI double in the third as the Reds quickly jumped on Dallas Braden, who now has a winless streak reaching eight starts since his perfect game against Tampa Bay on May 9. Braden is 0-5 during that span.

Reds closer Francisco Cordero recorded his 18th save in 23 chances by getting Ryan Sweeney to ground into a double play to end the 2-hour, 27-minute game.

The Reds stay one game behind St. Louis in the NL Central Division. The Cardinals won at Toronto.

Indians get pounded by the Oakland Athletics

compiled from staff and wire reports

Justin Duchscherer wasn’t as sharp as he has been this season with his pitches. It didn’t really matter because his A’s teammates turned five double plays in the field.

Duchscherer and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Kurt Suzuki homered for the second consecutive day as the A’s beat the Cleveland Indians 10-0 Friday night.

Justin Duchscherer Oakland (mlb)

Duchscherer (2-0) battled command problems most of the game and walked a season-high four batters but earned his second win in his last three starts thanks to Oakland’s defense which bail him out of every jam. The five double plays were the most by the A’s since June 5, 2007 and one shy of the franchise record.

MLB Roundup: Indians lose; Arizona scores 13 runs in fourth against Pittsburgh

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

DETROIT TIGERS 9  CLEVELAND INDIANS 8

Carlos Guillen scored the winning run on Indians closer Chris Perez’s wild pitch, capping a three-run ninth inning and giving Detroit the win on Sunday in Motown.

The Tigers became hust the second team since 1986 to win a nine-inning game while stranding at least 18 runners. Detroit’s 18 runners left on base matched its most since 1920.

Carlos Guillen Tigers (mlb)

Guillen hit a one-out RBI double in the ninth to get the Tigers within one and put runners on second and third. After Brandon Inge grounded out, Perez (0-1) issued two walks in a row to Ramon Santiago and pinch-hitter Johnny Damon to force in the tying run.

His first pitch to Scott Sizemore bounced past Lou Marson, allowing Guillent to score from third base.

Phil Coke pitched a scoreless ninth for Detroit, who trailed 7-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Cleveland was without centerfielder Grady Sizemore, who was out of the lineup with a stiff back. But even without their All-Star in Sizemore, the Indians battered around Justin Verlander pretty good.

The Indians loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and Travis Hafner followed with a sacrifice fly. Jhonny Peralta then struck out, Matt LaPorta walked and Luis Valbuena lifted a 1-2 pitch just inside the right-field foul pole for his first grand slam.

Verlander settled down after the 43-pitch first inning, allowing six runs and five hits in five-plus innings, but his early struggles made the loss even tougher for Cleveland because they rarely ever score more than a couple of runs off the Tigers ace pitcher.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and nine hits. He struck out seven and walked three.

Indians offensive stars include Jhonny Peralta and Shin-soo-Choo homered  and Luis Valbuena had two hits.

Detroit was led by Maggio Ordonez with two hits and two RBI’s and Miguel Cabrera went 3 for 3 which had 18 hits on the day.

GAME NOTES

* The Seattle Mariners left 18 runners on base in a 5-2 win over San Diego on June 27, 2008.  Detroit stranded 18 runners in a 10-1 loss to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1926 and again in a 12-2 loss to the A’s in 1931.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 15      PITTSBURGH PIRATES 6

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored a team-record 13 runs in the fourth inning, capped by the first homer of pitcher Edwin Jackson’s career, as the delighted their fans in Phoenix with a 15-6 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Chris Young and Kelly Johnson homered in the big inning.

Edwin Jackson (1-1) went into the bottom of the fourth trailing 4-2 after giving up seven hits, but allowed only three hits in three scoreless innings after that.

Jackson had two of Arizona’s eight hits in the fourth inning and became the first pitcher to score two runs in an inning since last August 14, when Randy Wells of the Cubs did it against Pittsburgh. Jackson singled early in the fourth, then finished it off with a two-run homer. With a distance of 400 feet, his homer was the longest of Arizona’s four homers.

Edwin Jackson Arizona (mlb)

Catcher Chris Snyder was starting because Miguel Montero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee sprain earlier in the day, homered for Arizona and tied his career high with five RBI’s.

The Diamondbacks easily surpassed the club record of eight runs in an inning. They matched a regular-season team mark for hits, they got nine in a 2001 World Series game against the Yankees and home runs in the inning. Every D-Backs starter scored a run.

The Pittsburgh Pirates tied a team record for most runs allowed in an inning. The other times were 1890 and 1994.

Edwin Jackson, now 1-1, settled down after a rough start to win his first game with Arizona. He was an All-star last year with Detroit and was picked up in a three-team trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.