Posts Tagged Professional baseball

Royals’ Edinson Volquez drops appeal, starts 5-game ban

Kansas City Royals starter Edinson Volquez (36) is taken out of the baseball game during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez has dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with the Chicago White Sox last week.

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Hamilton given back to Texas after troubled Angels stint

In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Angels left fielder Josh Hamilton, left, talks to manager Mike Scioscia during spring training baseball practice in Tempe, Ariz. Reports that troubled Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton might be traded to the Texas Rangers dominated the chatter before the game between the teams Friday night April 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton is back with the Texas Rangers after two troublesome years with the Los Angeles Angels and less than halfway into his big free-agent deal.

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No perfect bullpen strategy, but depth, flexibility help

In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Nathan throws against the Minnesota Twins in the the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit. When the Tigers signed Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball’s active saves leader to simply keep rolling. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball’s active saves leader to simply keep rolling. After a few too many bad outings, they traded for a backup plan in Joakim Soria, widely considered the top reliever on the market.

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NL teams experimenting with pitchers hitting 8th

Arizona Diamondbacks' Chip Hale (3) takes the baseball from pitcher Jeremy Hellickson after pulling him from a baseball game during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Amid a testy start to the season — looking at you, Bryan Price; also you, Royals, White Sox and Athletics — comes a bit of managerial creativity sure to put a smile on the face of any innovative Strat-O-Matic player.

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Mistake-prone Mets lose 6-4 to Yanks in Subway Series finale

New York Mets Jonathon Niese delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) — After a sensational start, the New York Mets made four errors Sunday night and reverted back to the shoddy brand of baseball that’s led to six straight losing seasons.

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