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Posts Tagged ‘B.J. Upton.’

B.J. Upton chooses Atlanta over Philadelphia

 

The Atlanta Braves have landed one of the top free agents of the 2012 off-season.

On Wednesday, they reached an agreement with former Tampa Bay Rays center fielder B.J. Upton to a fiver-year, $75.25 million contract.

Upton, who’s brother Justin plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the second overall pick in the 2002 draft. He made his debut with the Rays at age 19 and spent six full seasons with the team.

B.J. Upton (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20-20 club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).

The 28-year-old Upton, replaces Michael Bourn, another free agent. He gives the Braves with top-line defense and a much-needed right-handed bat in a lefty dominated lineup.

He batted .246 with a career-low .298 on-base percentage in 2012, but clubbed 28 home runs with 78 RBI’s and 31 stolen bases in 37 attempts.

Upton chose the Braves over NL East rival Philadelphia, whose needed a CF to replace Shane Victorino to the Dodgers last season. Victorino is also a free-agent this off-season.

Mets appeal Dickey’s one-hitter; feels he had no-hitter

 

R.A. Dickey (2011 photo by dbking & UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The New York Mets have filed an appeal with the commissioner’s office that their pitcher R.A. Dickey threw a no-hitter.

Dickey allowed an infield single on Wednesday night in the Mets 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The team would like MLB to overturn the official scorer’s decision on a hit by B.J. Upton.

Major League Baseball can review official scoring decisions and reverse them if it feels an honest mistake was made.

In the first inning, Upton hit a high chopper that Mets’ third baseman David Wright could not field with his bare hand. The official scorer ruled it a hit.

The 37-year-old Dickey has had a rebirth in his career with the Mets after pitching for Texas, Seattle and Minnesota previously.

 

Info compiled from New York Mets, MLB, Radio & TV news

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 6 Cleveland Indians 5, 10 Innings

compiled from staff and wire reports

Jason Bartlett’s driver to  right-center field in the 10th inning off Cleveland closer Kerry Wood, scored Carl Crawford with the winning run in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 6-5 win.

The Indians were up 3-0 in the first inning Sunday against Jeff Niemann. Austin Kearns drove in two runs with a single and Matt LaPorta doubled home the third run.

Jason Bartlett (mlb)

But the Rays caught up and led by the fifth inning 5-3. Carl Crawford hit a two-run homer off of Justin Masterson to make it 4-3 and B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3.

The Indians came back to tie it in the sixth inning. Matt LaPorta walked against Dan Wheeler; Andy Marte singled; a hit by Trevor Crowe scored LaPorta. Marte scored on a bases-loaded double-play grounder by Anderson Hernandez.

Rays sweep Yankees behind bat of Pena and pitching of Shields, 8-6

compiled from staff and wire reports

Baseball’s best team, the Tampa Bay Rays, now know that they can compete and win in the new Yankee Stadium. In 2009, that had some nightmarish games in the new ballpark. Carlos Pena and James Shields led the way last night.

Pena homered twice and Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton also blasted homers as Tampa Bay tattoed another Yankees pitcher and posted its sixth straight win.

James Shields (mlb)

A day after battering A.J.  Burnett, Tampa Bay came out swinging a hot bat against Andy Pettitte (5-1). Jason Bartlett led off with a double, Carl Crawford followed with an RBI single and then Zobrist homered.

Shields, who is 5-1, overcame some early problems and mishaps and settled down as the game moved along and pitched into the eighth inning.

The Rays improved to 17-4 on the road and 30-11 overall.

Minor League Baseball: Clippers and Dragons win on Sunday

Info Courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons

Staff Writer Dan Hock also contributed to this story

COLUMBUS CLIPPERS

The Columbus Clippers found their gear and bats on Sunday afternoon at Huntington Park, as they beat the Durham Bulls, 5-0. Josh Tomlin pitched well for Columbus as he shutout the Bulls, a team that outscored the Clippers in the first two games of the series, 15-4.

Carlos Santana had a big game going 1 for 1 with a two-run homer in the fifth, two walks, and three RBI’s. That homer was his seventh of the season and the three RBI’s gave him 32 for 2010. He also had a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning.

Carlos Santana (MiLB)

Tomlin pitched six scoreless innings for Columbus earning the win and pitched out of two jams in the second and fifth innings.

GAME NOTES

* Charlie Montoya, Durham manager, was the winner of the 2009 Mike Coolbaugh award. The award symbolizes an individual that has shown outstanding baseball knowledge, a good work ethic in baseball and skill in mentoring young players at the minor league level.

Montoya in 2009 led Durham to their third straight Southern Division title en route to the International League title.

Montoya has been a part of the Tampa Bay organization since its initial season in 1998. Amongst the major leaguers he has managed in the minors are Josh Hamilton, Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria, David Price, Jeff Niemann, James Shields, Ben Zobrist, B.J. Upton and Delmon Young.

* The Durham Bulls hosted the Toledo Mudhens on Monday May 10th at historic Durham Athletic Park that was the home of the Durham Bulls from 1926-1994. Both Toledo and Durham wore throwback jerseys. The seating capacity for Durham Athletic Park is only 1,800 but Durham General Manager Mike Birling said around 4,000 people showed up for the game.

Birling said retro t-shirts designed to look like shirts from the Bull Durham era, sold out within 15 minutes of the game. The game with Toledo sold out immediately once it was announced earlier in the year.

The uniforms will be auctioned off to benefit the cancer center at Duke University.

DAYTON DRAGONS

Josh Garton’s two-run double lifted the Dayton Dragons to a come-from-behind 6-2 win over the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday afternoon in Midland, Michigan. The win gave the Dragons a split of the four-game road series. Dayton improved to 18-19 on the year and dropped Great Lakes to 23-14.

Pedro Villarreal (MiLB)

Dragons starting pitcher Pedro Villarreal worked for the first six innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with one walk and six strikeouts. Villarreal (2-2) earned the win for the second straight start.