Thursday, 28 May 2015

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup


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Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir
Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir left Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers
after the third inning because of left shoulder tightness.
May 27 (The Sports Xchange) - Oakland Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir left Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers after the third inning because of left shoulder tightness.

Kazmir allowed no hits, struck out four and walked three. He threw 47 pitches, including 28 for strikes. He walked three in the second inning but pitched a perfect third.

Kazmir is 2-3 with a 2.93 ERA this season. Last year, he made the American League All-Star team and finished with a 15-9 record and a 3.55 ERA in his first season with the A's.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Alex Rodriguez passes Gehrig on all-time RBI list, Yankees sweep Royals


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Alex Rodriguez passes Lou Gehrig for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time RBI list.
Alex Rodriguez passes Lou Gehrig for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time RBI list.(Photo: Noah K. Murray, USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK -- The only thing Yankees manager Joe Girardi focused on in regards to pitcher Michael Pineda being successful before Wednesday’s game against Kansas City Royals was that the right-hander’s slider had to be on.

“When I look at the last two starts, (Pineda) really hasn’t had a very good (slider), and that’s a key pitch for him,” he said. “I think it’s important to get that back.”

In the top of the first inning, Royals first baseman Mike Moustakas crushed a poorly-thrown slider into the second deck of right field that tailed foul. The next pitch, Moustakas sent another weak slider into the bleachers for a solo home run.

Vintage Clayton Kershaw lifts Dodgers over Braves


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Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Justin Turner point at outfielder Andre Ethier after scoring on his two-run double in the fourth inning. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Justin Turner point at outfielder Andre Ethier
after scoring on his two-run double in the fourth inning.
 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Before the Dodgers' 8-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Clayton Kershaw had begun to take over more than just his scheduled start day. His ongoing struggles seemed to acquire their own spot in the rotation.

The day before each start, the theories would begin. Was something wrong with Kershaw? The next day he would start and the same question would be asked. The day after that would bring more questions about the imperfections from the previous game.

So Tuesday represented Kershaw's latest start day and another chance for theorizing. Manager Don Mattingly offered his latest hypotheses. Hitters were adjusting. Kershaw wasn't putting batters away. He'd gotten bad bounces.