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A-Rod blasts 661st career homer to move past Willie Mays on all-time MLB list

Alex Rodriguez at bat reacting to bad call (2007 photo by Googie Man via wikipedia commons)

39-year-old Alex Rodriguez can still hit the baseball for distance.

The Yankees controversial third baseman moved past Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time MLB career home run list, by blasting his 661st Thursday night in a 4-3 win over division-rival Baltimore.

Next on the home run list for Rodriguez is Babe Ruth with 714.

Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman gave up A-Rod's historic homer (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Facing Baltimore right-hander Chris Tillman, A-Rod hit a line drive to the left of Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in centerfield in the third inning which put the Yanks up 3-2.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Daily Almanac for Easter Sunday, April 8: Birthdays, Historical news

Today is Easter Sunday, April 8, the 99th day of 2012, the 99th day of the year. We have 267 days left in 2012.

(photo by Jan Kamenicek via wikipedia commons)

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On April 8, 1952, President Harry S. Truman issued an executive order seizing the American steel industry to avert a nationwide strike.

The U.S. Supreme Court later ruled that Truman did not have the authority to issue such an order and a seven-week strike went into motion by the steelworkers.

*In 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for direct popular election of United States senators as opposed to appointment by state legislatures, was ratified.

* In 1974, Hammerin’ Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Al Downing. That homer broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714.

*In 1990, Ryan White, the teenage AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance had gained national attention, died in Indianapolis at age 18.

*In 1994, Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the rock band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was just 27.

* In 2007, Zach Johnson won the Masters golf tournament with a two-shot win over Tiger Woods.

Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's record of 714 homers on this date in 1974 (2008 photo by Rubenstein via wikipedia commons)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

86 SHECKY GREENE, comedian

72 JOHN HAVLICEK, basketball Hall of Famer, former Ohio State star

46 ROBIN WRIGHT, actress and former wife of Sean Penn

44 PATRICIA ARQUETTE, actress and former wife of Nicholas Cage. Sister to Rosanna Arquette and David Arquette

28 EZRA KOENIG, singer-guitarist

Reds acquire backup SS Valdez in trade with Phillies

 

The Cincinnati Reds have always known that Wilson Valdez is a smooth-fielding shortstop but they also found out that he could pitch a little bit as well.

On May 25, 2011 at Philadelphia, the Reds lost 5-4 in 19 innings to the Phillies, Valdez was moved from second base to the pitcher’s mound by his manager Charlie Manuel. He went on to pitch a one-walk, scoreless 19th inning to get the win. Before that outing, he had never pitched in a professional game.

The win by Valdez was the first for a position player in the Major Leagues since Colorado Rockies catcher Brent Mayne beat the Atlanta Braves on August 22, 2000. The last player to start a game in the field and earn a win was Babe Ruth for the New York Yankees on October 1, 1921.

Wilson Valdez (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Reds now have the 33-year-old Valdez on their side.

On Wednesday, he was acquired in a trade by Cincinnati with the Phillies getting lefty reliever Jeremy Horst.

Valdez has played in 342 career games in the big leagues with the White Sox, Seattle, San Diego, the Dodgers and Phillies and has played 190 at shortstop and has a .980 fielding percentage.

The past two seasons with Philadelphia, the Dominican Republic native batted .249 with one homer and 30 RBI’s and has the nack for coming up with clutch hits in his career.

The Reds outrighted Horst off of their roster on December 5, had a 2.93 ERA in 12 major league games in several stints with the team in 2011.

 

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Radio & TV news

 

Thome bypasses Indians offer to stay; returns to Philadelphia

 

Jim Thome (file)

The Cleveland Indians brought Jim Thome back home to his original team during the second half of 2010. They even invited him to come back in 2011. He kept giving signals in the media that he was going to retire. But then, the Philadelphia Phillies called and he accepted.

The Phillies need Thome’s bat and ability to play first base due to the fact that they’re superstar first baseman Ryan Howard is recovering from surgery on his left Achilles tendon. Thome has not played first base since 2007, but says he’ll work all off-season working on his defense.

The 41-year-old Thome was a big  hit during his first stint in Philadelphia. He led the NL in homers with 47 in 2003 and 42 in 2004. Overall with the Phillies, he hit .260 with 96 home runs and 266 RBI’s.

He and the Phillies agreed on a $1.25 million, one-year contract last weekend.

In 2010, with the Minnesota Twins and Indians, the Illinois native hit .256 with 15 homers and 50 RBI’s in 93 games. He hit .350 with runners in scoring position.

In his career which also includes Cleveland twice, the White Sox and the LA Dodgers. He has a career average of .277 with 604 homers and 1,674 RBI’s. He is one of only eight players to hit more than 600 homers joining, Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Sammy Sosa and Ken Griffey, Jr.

 

Info courtesy of MLB & Philadelphia Phillies news

 

Jim Thome joins the 600 club in home runs

 

Jim Thome (file photo)

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome became the eighth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 home runs when he reached the coveted milestone on Wednesday night by hitting two at Detroit’s Comerica Park against the Tigers.

He belted a 2-run homer in the sixth inning for career #599.

He came back in the seventh and clubbed a 2-1 pitch from the Tigers Daniel Schlereth for a 3-run homer. Thome was met at home plate by his teammates and family members.

The Twins beat the Tigers 9-6.

THE 600 HOME RUN CLUB INCLUDES:

762 – Barry Bonds

755 – Hank Aaron

714 – Babe Ruth

660 – Willie Mays

630 – Ken Griffey Jr.

626 – Alex Rodriguez

609 – Sammy Sosa

600 – Jim Thome

Thome began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. He has also played for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers before winding up with the Twins.

The lef-handed hitting slugger was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

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