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Posts Tagged ‘Dontrelle Willis.’

Released by Phillies, “D-Train” Willis signs with Baltimore Orioles

 

Dontrelle Willis with Reds in March 2011 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Released by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, lefty Dontrelle Willis has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

The 30-year-old has a career record of 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA, but since 2008, he has a record of 4-15.

Willis, who had several good starts with the Cincinnati Reds in 2011 but was just 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 starting assignments.

In three appearances this spring, Willis allowed five earned runs on five hits and four walks in 2.2 innings.

Willis has also pitched for Florida, Detroit and Arizona in his career.

He reported to Baltimore on Wednesday.

 

Info compiled from Baltimore Orioles & MLB news

 

 

“D-Train” Willis taking talents to Philadelphia

 

Dontrelle Willis with Reds in March 2011 (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

The always-smiling and positive Dontrelle Willis, known as “D-Train” by his teammates, has signed a contract for $1 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 30-year-old lefty will pitch out of the bullpen for Phillies.

Willis was given a rebirth in MLB last season with the Cincinnati Reds, as he went 1-6 with a 5.00 ERA as a starting pitcher. He would’ve had at least a .500 record if the Reds bullpen hadn’t blown several of his starts after he left with a lead.

Willis has also pitched for Florida, Detroit and Arizona.

He has a won-loss record of 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA and 896 strikeouts.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Radio & TV news

Willis still popular in return to Miami last week

 

Dontrelle Willis (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Saying it felt weird to be in the third base dugout and that he was welcomed with opened arms at the security gate at Sun Life Stadium, former Florida Marlins pitcher Dontrelle Willis was surprised at the reception he got when the Reds went to Florida earlier last week.

The always-smiling left-hander returned to South Florida as a visiting player for the first time since his 2003-2007 stint with the Marlins.

He spent 15 minutes with the Miami media for an informal press conference in the Reds dugout.

Willis continues to be the Marlins’ all-time leader in wins (68). While with the Marlins, Willis was the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star before falling on inconsistent performances which caused him to be released and traded to four organizations: Detroit, Arizona, San Francisco and now Cincinnati.

He has done well with the Reds pitching and hitting. Cincinnati signed him to a Minor League deal this past winter and promoted him to the big league club in July.

The Marlins, realizing Willis is still popular with fans and stadium personnel, gave him the chance to tear down the #15 on the left field fence between the fifth and sixth innings to show that there are only 14 Florida games left at Sun Life Stadium. The Marlins, will become the Miami Marlins in 2012 and will open a new ballpark of their own downtown.

Willis was not scheduled to pitch in Miami, but saw the Reds win 2 out of 3 games in the series.

compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Internet news

Willis pitches strong again; Reds offense stagnant in 2-0 loss to Pirates

 

Dontrelle Willis (megasportsnews.com photo)

Lefty Dontrelle Willis (0-1) pitched well again for the Cincinnati Reds in Pittsburgh.

In his second start since being called up from Triple-A Louisville. The former All-Star allowed only two runs in 4.2 innings, striking out five and walking one.

Willis was taken out because he had warmed up before the game, during the first inning rain delay and again when the game resumed.

Charlie Morton pitched the Pirates into sole possession of first place with a 2-0 win over the Reds Monday night.

Morton, now 8-5 won for the first time since June 15. He gave up three hits, struck out three and walked two. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

The Pirates lead the NL Central by a 1/2 game over Milwaukee.

 

compiled from Cincinnati Reds & Pittsburgh Pirates news

“D-Train” Dontrelle Willis expected to get call-up to Reds for Sunday’s game

 

Dontrelle Willis (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

According to internet reports, radio sports talk shows and published reports, Dontrelle Willis, who has pitched for Florida, Detroit and Arizona, will be called up by the Cincinnati Reds to start Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Sunday would’ve been Edinson Volquez’s start but he was demoted to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday to work on his command issues.

The 29-year-old Willis, has a 71-63 won-loss record with 4.12 ERA with 839 strikeouts.

The tall left-hander became the 13th African-American pitcher to win 20 games in 2005 with Florida, as he led Major League Baseball with 22 wins.

Willis has been the ace of the staff in Louisville, with a 5-2 record and a 2.63 earned run average.

 

compiled from staff, Radio & TV news

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