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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

Indians try to sign Ohio native Nick Swisher who visits Progressive Field today

 

There have been reports on radio talks and in news reports that Free Agent outfielder Nick Swisher will be touring the Cleveland Indians and Progressive Field today.

The Cleveland Indians need a starting right fielder after trading Shin Soo Choo last week to Cincinnati in exchange for Drew Stubbs who’ll play center field.

Swisher, a native of Columbus, Ohio and the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, played for the New York Yankees last season where he hit 24 homers.

Nick Swisher (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The 32-year-old switch-hitter, who can also play first base, has played for Oakland and the White Sox.

Swisher’s career totals include: a .256 batting average with 209 homers, 673 RBI’s with 1,085 base hits.

Yankees’ Jeter passes Cal Ripken Jr. on all-time hits list

Derek Jeter (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has now moved past Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. and into 13th place on the all-time hits list over the weekend.

A first-inning double gave the Yankees’ long-time captain his 3,185th career hit.

Just ahead of Jeter in 12th place is Cleveland Indians great Napoleon Lajoie, a Hall of Fame second baseman, who finished his career with 3,252 hits.

 

Info compiled from MLB & New York Yankees news

Tigers’ Ordonez retires from Major League Baseball

 

Magglio Ordonez (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Magglio Ordonez (2008 photo by Kevin Ward, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Magglio Ordonez, decided to officially end his Major League Baseball career by retiring on Sunday with the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers honored him before their home game against the New York Yankees, a 5-1 loss.

Ordonez said that he did not receive any concrete offers to play this season. He has been bothered by ankle problems the last two seasons.

The 38-year-old outfielder ends his 15-year career by hitting .309 with 2,156 hits, 294 home runs, 1,236 RBI’s. He was a 6-time All-Star and a 3-time Silver Slugger Award winner with the Chicago White Sox and Tigers.

In 2007, Ordonez was the American League batting champion with a .363 average, 28 home runs, 54 doubles and 139 RBI’s.

 

Info compiled from Detroit Tigers, MLB, Radio & TV news

 

 

Purdue’s Plawecki named finalist for Dick Howser Award

 

Keith Plawecki (courtesy of Purdue athletics)

The Purdue Boilermakers baseball team has enjoyed a great season, going 41-11 overall, 17-6 in the Big Ten.

The program has achieved a season-record for wins as well as their first regular-season title since 1909.

One of the reasons is junior catcher Kevin Plawecki.

Plawecki has been named as one of 35 finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top player in college baseball.

Purdue is 13th-ranked in the country in baseball.

The Dick Howser Trophy, given in memory of the former Florida State University All-America shortstop and major league player and manager, who died of brain cancer in 1987, is regarded by many as college baseball’s most prestigious award. Criteria for consideration of the trophy include performance on the field, leadership, moral character and courage, qualities that were exemplified by Dick Howser’s life.

The Dick Howser Trophy winner is determined by two rounds of national voting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The award will be presented on Friday, June 15, the opening day of the 2012 College World Series.

A Florida native, Howser was twice an All-America shortstop at Florida State (1957-58), then coached the Seminoles in 1979, after a career as a major league player and coach. After one year in the college ranks, Howser returned to the majors to manage the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals and won the World Series with the Royals in 1985. The baseball stadium on the Florida State campus is named for Howser.

Plawecki has started all 52 games for the Boilermakers. The clean-up hitter leads the team in doubles with 19, extra-base hits with 26, a .455 on-base percentage,.562 slugging percentage. He is second in runs scored with 48, walks with 23, in batting average at .366 and is the most difficult hitter to strike out in the Big Ten with eight in 200 at bats.

 

Info compiled from Purdue University & Big Ten Conference

 

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