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MLB slow in announcing future All-Star games

 

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

It has been known for sometime that the 2014 MLB All-Star Game has been awarded to the New York Mets and Citi Field.

Beyond that, who knows where the next games will be.

The 2014 game might go to the Minnesota Twins and Target Field. Every American League team with the exception of Tampa Bay has hosted an All-Star Game since the Twins hosted in 1985 at the Metrodome.

Baseball has been alternating leagues hosting the All-Star Game. But they may get away from that to get all of the newer stadiums in the rotation starting in 2015.

 

 

No-hitters by Twins’ Liriano and Tigers’ Verlander earn American League co-Players of the Week honors

 

Francisco Liriano (file photo)

Starting pitchers Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, the first pair to toss no-hitters within a five-day span of one another since Al Leiter of the Florida Marlins and Dwight Gooden of the New York Yankees in May 1996 (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau), have been named Co-Players of the Week for the period ending May 8th.

The co-winners will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

On Tuesday, May 3, Liriano became the first opposing pitcher to throw a no-hitter at U.S. Cellular Field as he led the Twins to a 1-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. That became the seventh no-hitter in franchise history (including one that came when the team was known as the Washington Senators) and the first no-hitter for a Twins pitcher since Eric Milton no-hit the Angels at the Metrodome on September 11, 1999. The ChiSox were no-hitted for the 13th time in franchise history, the first since Kansas City’s Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991, and the first at home since Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers accomplished the feat on April 7, 1984 at old Comiskey Park. The 2006 A.L. All-Star struck out two and walked six in the 123-pitch outing, becoming the fifth pitcher in the last 30 years to issue more walks than strikeouts in a no-hit performance.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 27-year-old Liriano is the fifth Dominican Republic-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter, joining Juan Marichal (1963), Ramon Martinez (1995), Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010). Liriano’s no-hitter was the first complete game and the first shutout of his pro career.

Justin Verlander (file photo)

On Saturday, May 7, Verlander became the 27th player in modern MLB history and the second Tigers pitcher to throw two career no-hitters (also Virgil Trucks, both in 1952) when he blanked the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-0, at the Rogers Centre. It was the seventh no-hitter in the team’s decorated history and the first since Verlander, the 2006 A.L. Rookie of the Year, held the Milwaukee Brewers hitless at Comerica Park on June 12, 2007. The Virginia native almost reached perfection in the 108-pitch outing, issuing one walk in the eighth inning while striking out four. The 28-year-old’s no-hit performance marked the first on the road for Detroit since Morris’ no-hitter at Comiskey Park in 1984. Toronto was no-hit for the fourth time in franchise history, the last coming when Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched the seventh and final no-hitter of his career on May 1, 1991.

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

Bears dump Vikings 40-14; Hester stars, Favre hurt again

TCF Bank Stadium hosted the Bears & Vikings (photo by Wx Gopher via Wikipedia Commons)

The University of Minnesota campus hosted the NFL  game between the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings because a snowstorm caved-in the roof at the Metrodome last week.

Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 14th career return for a touchdown leading the Bears over the Vikings 40-14 Monday night in snowy weather.

Brett Favre, surprisingly got the start after being ruled out on Saturday’s NFL medical report due to a sprained right shoulder. Favre recovered in time to start the game, completed 5 of 7 passes for 63 yards with a touchdown and interception before getting knocked out with a head injury.

The Vikings fell to 5-9 with the loss.

The Bears move to 10-4 and clinched the NFC North Division title as Hester returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and he also caught a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was 14 for 23 for 194 yards and three touchdowns.

compiled from staff, NFL & Chicago Bears news

Ohio State very effective in win at Minnesota

The Ohio State Buckeyes, with a chance to win another Big Ten championship, took care of business by beating Minnesota at the Big Ten’s newest venue, TCF Bank Stadium, 52-10. The Gophers (1-5, 0-5 Big Ten) have lost eight straight games but played OSU tough for a quarter. The Buckeyes are back in the race after Iowa upset Michigan State, 37-6.

TCF Bank Stadium (file photo)

The Buckeyes improve to 8-1 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten, were led by quarterback Terrelle Pryor who completed 18 of 22 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns passes. Running back Daniel Herron finished with 114 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

The Buckeyes accumulated 325 yards by halftime. They Gophers defense is very weak and put hardly no pressure on Pryor; they have only three sacks all year.

The Minnesota offense is not bad at all because they have Adam Weber at quarterback. In the first quarter, Weber threw effectively against the injury-riddled Buckeye secondary, completing passes of 35,36 and 32 yards which led to a touchdown. Running back DeLeon Eskridge had a very productive game with 80 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

Minnesota has now lost 24 of its last 25 games to the Buckeyes, including the all 11 games in the Metrodome. Their last win over Ohio State came in 1981 in old Memorial Stadium, 35-31.

AL DIVISION SERIES: Yankees rally past Twins, 6-4

The Minnesota Twins played their first outdoor postseason game in Minneapolis since 1970. They had hoped a move from the Metrodome to their brand-new home stadium, Target Field would give them the boost they needed to finally beat the mighty New York Yankees.

Target Field was not enough to help the Twins.

Mark Teixeira (MLB)

Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the New York Yankees rallied past Minnesota in Game 1 of the AL division series. It was the Twins’ 10th straight postseason loss.

Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia had trouble with his control and labored most of the game, which was played at night. Closer Mariano Rivera recorded the final four outs as the Yankees came back from a 3-0 deficit against Francisco Liriano.

The Yankees are 10-2 against the Twins in the playoffs since 2003.

Michael Cuddyer homered, doubled and drove home two runs for Minnesota.

compiled from staff & MLB news

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