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Baltimore Orioles pound Lowe, Indians, 10-2

 

Currently, at the end of July, the Cleveland Indians look more like pretenders, than contenders in the American League Central Division.

The Tribe has been sputtering since June 23. The Indians are 10-14 and has been passed up by the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in the up-for-grabs division. The Indians are three games behind the White Sox.

Jim Thome (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

With Derek Lowe on the mound last night, Cleveland did not fare well as a contender. Lowe gave up nine runs in three-plus innings of their 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles in front of a disappointed crowd of 33,954 at Progressive Field.

The Orioles through the first five innings, pounded the baseball for five doubles, two home runs and led 9-1.

Former Indians’ star Jim Thome had a double, homer and single in going 3 for 5. The lefty-swinging slugger hit a high, deep homer to right for the 610th of his career, tying Sammy Sosa for seventh all-time on the MLB home run list.

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

 

Jim Thome joins the 600 club in home runs

 

Jim Thome (file photo)

Minnesota Twins designated hitter Jim Thome became the eighth Major League Baseball player to hit 600 home runs when he reached the coveted milestone on Wednesday night by hitting two at Detroit’s Comerica Park against the Tigers.

He belted a 2-run homer in the sixth inning for career #599.

He came back in the seventh and clubbed a 2-1 pitch from the Tigers Daniel Schlereth for a 3-run homer. Thome was met at home plate by his teammates and family members.

The Twins beat the Tigers 9-6.

THE 600 HOME RUN CLUB INCLUDES:

762 – Barry Bonds

755 – Hank Aaron

714 – Babe Ruth

660 – Willie Mays

630 – Ken Griffey Jr.

626 – Alex Rodriguez

609 – Sammy Sosa

600 – Jim Thome

Thome began his career with the Cleveland Indians in 1991. He has also played for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers before winding up with the Twins.

The lef-handed hitting slugger was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Minnesota Twins, Radio & TV news

White Sox’ Quentin named AL Player of the Week

Carlos Quentin (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin has been selected as the American League Player of the Week for the first week of the season ending April 3rd.

Quentin is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In three games over the opening weekend, Quentin hit an AL-leading .545 (6-for-11) with a home run and three runs scored, while matching Major League-bests with three doubles and seven RBI’s. Quentin also posted a 1.091 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage. On Opening Day, the Stanford University product connected on his first home run of the season, a two-run blast in the third inning of a 15-10 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

The Bellflower, California native collected three hits with five RBI’s and scored two runs in the victory. Quentin’s five RBI’s tied Sammy Sosa (1991) for the second-most by a White Sox player on Opening Day, trailing Minnie Minoso’s six RBI’s in 1951 (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau). On April 2nd, the 29-year-old collected two doubles, two RBI’s and one run scored en route to an 8-3 win over the Indians.

Since arriving in the American League in 2008, the right-handed hitting slugger has tallied 84 home runs, including 77 as an outfielder, which is tied with Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees for the most home runs in the A.L. by an outfielder. This marks Quentin’s second career weekly award, his first coming on June 27, 2010.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Friday November 12, 2010. Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Friday, November 12, was the 316th day of 2010, with 49 days left before 2011 rolls in.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On November 12, 1942, the World War II naval battle of Guadalcanal began. The Allies won a major victory over the Japanese.

* In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.

* In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war-crimes tribunal.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Booker T & the M.G.'s (courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

66 Booker T. Jones, musician of Booker T. & the MG’s. His band members included Willie Hall, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, all of home played roles as the Blues Brothers Band in the hit movie, the Blues Brothers.

65 Neil Young, singer-songwriter.

52 Megan Mullally, actress from Will & Grace.

49 Nadia Comaneci, gymnast & Olympic Gold medalist.

42 Sammy Sosa, former major league baseball star and a member of the 600-homer club.

30 Ryan Gosling, actor.

28 Anne Hathaway, actress.

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