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Posts Tagged ‘Major Leagues.’

Yankees lose Granderson to injury for 10 weeks; hit by pitch in exhibition game

Curtis Granderson (photo by Keith Allison, Y2kcrazyjoker4 via wikipedia commons)

The New York Yankees knew this past offseason that they would be starting the season without All-Star slugging third baseman Alex Rodriguez due to hip surgery until at least the All-Star break in July.

Today, they know that they’ll be without speedy centerfielder Curtis Granderson for 10 weeks due to an injury suffered in an exhibition game on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Granderson diagnosis is that he’ll be out until May after suffering a broken right forearm.

Granderson, who belted 43 homers last season, was injured when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the first inning on Sunday in his first at-bat of spring training, five pitches into the game.

Granderson has been voted one of the friendliest players in the Major Leagues, according to a poll conducted by Sports Illustrated to 290 players.

 

Info compiled from New York Yankees

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

 

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

Sappelt becomes 51st Dayton Dragons alumni to reach the majors

 

Dave Sappelt (courtesy of Louisville Bats)

Dave Sappelt, a 2009 member of the Dayton Dragons baseball team, made his Major League debut for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

In doing so, he became the 51st former Dragons player to reach the Major Leagues.

In the Reds come-from-behind win over the Cubs, 8-7, Sappelt was 1-for-5 with a run scored, 1 hit and 1 strikeout. He put the ball in play in every at bat except one.

Sappelt in 74 games for the Dragons in 2009, hitting .269 with three homers, 25 runs batted in and 26 stolen bases.

He joins other former Dragons who have made their MLB debut this year with the Reds, Todd Frazier, Jeremy Horst and Zack Cozart.

 

Info courtesy of the Dayton Dragons

Reds’ Votto received 2010 Lou Marsh Award during Toronto series

Joey Votto heads to dugout after receiving Lou Marsh Award (megasportsnews.com photo)

In on-the-field ceremonies prior to Saturday night’s game against his boyhood team, the Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto received the Lou Marsh Award as the 2010 Canadian Athlete of the Year.

The award is given annually to recognize Canada’s most outstanding athlete across all sports and was named in honor of Lou Marsh, a prominent athlete, referee and former sports editor of the Toronto Star at the turn of the 20th century.

The 2010 National League MVP, Votto hit .324 with 37 home runs, 113 RBI’s and 16 stolen bases in leading the Reds to the Central Division championship. The left-handed hitting all-star ranked among the league’s Top 3 in 11 statistical categories, in the Top 5 in 15 categories and among the Top 8 in 18 categories.

He led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.424) and hitting on the road (.349) and led the NL in slugging percentage (.600), hitting vs. right-handed pitching (.347), RBI ratio (4.8 at bats) and OPS (1.024). Among the NL batters in the prestigious Triple Crown categories he ranked second in hitting and third in both homers and RBI’s.

The National League and Sporting News All-Star received the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter, the Ernie Lombardi Award as the Reds MVP and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Tip O’Neill Award while being named Ontario Sports Legend Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year, QMI Agency Canadian Male Athlete of the Year, George Gross/Toronto Sun Sportsperson of the Year and Postmedia News Canadian Male Athlete of the Year.

Votto was ranked #1 in the Toronto Sun’s 2010 list of influential Canadian’s in baseball.

Only three Canadian-born baseball players have ever won the Lou Marsh Award, Votto, Larry Walker in 1998 and Ferguson Jenkins in 1974.

Other Marsh Award winners include: Sidney Crosby of hockey in 2007, 2009; Chantal Petitclerc of wheelchair racing in 2008; Cindy Klassen, speed skater in 2006; Steve Nash of basketball in 2005; Mario Lemieux of hockey in 1993 and Wayne Gretzky, who has won it a record four times.

 

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