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Angels’ Weaver pitches the 250th no-hitter in MLB history with 9-0 win over Twins

 

Jared Weaver (photo by Jason Wise via Getty Images courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Less than two weeks ago on April 21, Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw the first no-hitter of the 2012 baseball season against Seattle.

On Wednesday night, LA Angels ace pitcher Jared Weaver pitched the second no-hitter, overmatching the slumping Minnesota Twins, 9-0.

The Twins, who were swept by the Angels in a three-game series, was also shutout on Tuesday night by Jerome Williams in a 3-hitter as he retired 18 of the last 19 batters faced.

The flame-throwing Weaver struck out nine and walked one. He threw 121 pitches and kept the crowd of 27,288 in Anaheim on the edges of their seats once they saw the Twins could not muster anything close to a hit.

A product of nearby Long Beach State University, Weaver improves to 4-0.

The last out of the game was Alexi Casilla who flied out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

The 29-year-old pitched the second Angels no-hitter in less than a year, as teammate Ervin Santana hurled one last July 27 at Cleveland, and the 10th in the Angels history and the 250th in MLB history. Nolan Ryan threw four no-hitters for the Angels.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Los Angeles Angels news

Twins’ Zamaya faced with decision to rehab again or retire after latest injury

 

Joel Zamaya (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Minnesota Twins took a big gamble in the offseason by signing reliever Joel Zamaya to a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the thoughts he could help improve their bullpen.

But after a live batting practice session on Saturday which lasted just 13 pitches, Zamaya left the mound feeling pain in his elbow.

The reliever was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow on Sunday. The recent scenario means that the 27-year-old Zamaya, once of MLB’s top flame-throwing relievers, will have to make a decision to retire or have Tommy John surgery and go on another long, extensive rehabilitation regimen for a year or two.

Saturday’s stint on the mound was the first time Zamaya had pitched since June of 2010 after breaking his elbow while pitching in a game for the Detroit Tigers at Minnesota.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, 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

 

Reds pickup Phillips’ option for 2012, decline Cordero, lose Maloney to Twins

 

Brandon Phillips

Francisco Cordero.

Matt Maloney

The Cincinnati Reds had to decide between keeping Brandon Phillips or Francisco Cordero and they chose to keep their popular and talented All-Star second baseman and picked up his 2012 option.

The team declined to pickup the $12 million option on their closer Francisco Cordero. However, the team says they will still try to negotiate a new contract with Cordero, who has said that he wants to remain in Cincinnati.

The lost lefty pitcher Matt Maloney, who was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins.

The Reds are trying to work on a new multi-year deal with Phillips, who batted .300 with 18 home runs, 82 RBI’s and who is stellar at second base making only six errors last season as a second-time All-Star. The two-time Gold Glove winner finished second to Neil Walker of the Pittsburgh Pirates in second baseman fielding percentage. He will make $12 million next season.

The 36-year-old Cordero ranks 12th all-time with 327 career saves, was 37 of 43 in save chances last season, notching 20 of 21 after the All-Star break. He signed a four-year, $46 million dollar deal with the Reds after the 2007 season as a free agent from Milwaukee. In four seasons he has had 34, 39, 40 and 37 saves.

Maloney became expendable because the Reds have other left-handers in the organization rated ahead of him including Bill Bray and Aroldis Chapman. He cracked a rib and was on the disabled list last season from May 29 through August 16. He made several trips from Triple-A Louisville to Cincinnati during the season. He was 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA with the Reds and 7-1 with a 2.99 ERA in 13 starts for the Bats.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds

Phillips & Cordero photos courtesy of MLBpressbox.com; Maloney photo from Reds media guide

Thome says there’s a good chance he’ll return to Indians in 2012

 

Jim thome (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

The Indians have two designated hitters in Jim Thome and Travis Hafner. They know that Hafner will return in 2012, but Thome will take the offseason to decide. The Indians want the popular Thome back.

Cleveland general manager Chris Antonelli says that the team has talked to Thome about returning. They found out in his return to his original team, the Illinois native can still contribute offensively and still provide leadership to the young players.

Thome has 604 homers in his career which totals 21 years in the Majors. He wants to come back but will discuss it with his family.

Thome and Hafner split time with Hafner as the team’s DH, after “Pronk” returned to the lineup from an injury to his right foot.

The Indians acquired Thome from their AL Central Division rivals, the Minnesota Twins on August 25 to fill-in for Hafner. What the team found out, was both could share the DH role and each would be fresher because not one man was doing the job solo as Hafner had been doing.

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, TV & Radio news

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