DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers added some help for their shaky bullpen Monday, acquiring reliever Jose Veras from the Houston Astros for minor league outfielder Danry Vasquez and a player to be named.
Veras is 0-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 19 saves this season, and the 32-year-old right-hander has struck out 44 in 43 innings with only 14 walks.
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By Associated Press David Ortiz had two hits and three RBIs to extend his torrid start after a long layoff, and Felix Doubront overcame a wild first inning to pitch into the seventh as the Boston Red Sox beat the struggling Houston Astros 8-4 on Saturday night.
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By Joe Stiglich Sadly for the A’s, they have to wave goodbye to the Houston Astros until late May. They’ve played the newcomers to the American League West six times this season and are a perfect 6-0 following Wednesday’s 7-5 victory in front of 15,488 fans at the O.co Coliseum.
Darvish needed just one more out to become the 24th pitcher in MLB history to toss a perfect game.
With two away in the home ninth at Minute Maid Park, the right-hander from Japan delivered a 4-seam fastball to Marwin Gonzalez. A career .234 hitter, Gonzalez turned the 91-mph offering around and sent a sharp single right back up the middle, through Darvish’s legs. After the 26-year-old wheeled around to see if his infielders could preserve his bid for history, a smile crept across his face as the ball scooted into center field for a base hit.
Baseball gets underway Monday in full swing with a slate of 12 games after the Texas Rangers and new American League entrant Houston Astros kicked off the season Sunday night on ESPN. MLB is coming off a record year where baseball’s 30 teams generated $6.8 billion in revenue (MLB pegs total revenues at $7.5 billion for 2012, including MLB Advanced Media and other sources like the All-Star game that don’t trickle down to the teams). …read more
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HOUSTON — Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-2 Sunday night in the major league opener and giving Bo Porter a win in his first game as manager.
Ankiel launched a pinch-hit three-run shot for the first homer this season, Bud Norris pitched well for the win and Erik Bedard threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings for his first career save.
By Doug Miller Opening Day is here not only on Monday, but on Sunday and Tuesday, as well. It starts with the Rangers visiting the newest member of the American League, the Houston Astros, at Minute Maid Park. It continues Monday with 12 matchups. And it goes into Tuesday, when six more teams lift the lid on their 2013 campaigns. …read more
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The 2013 Major League Baseball championship season officially kicks off tonight with an Opening Night game between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros at 8:05 p.m. ET. Professional baseball players, including those participating in tonight’s game, have left their respective Spring Training facilities and are on the way or have already reported to their Major League Baseball clubs for the start of the season. Those players will have their specific equipment (i.e. bats, gloves, spikes), that they prefer to use on the field and/or have chosen to endorse, shipped from their Spring Training locales to the destinations where they will begin the regular season. Over 60% of them, including Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton, Evan Longoria and Buster Posey will be using Louisville Slugger products in 2013. …read more
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Alex Rodriguez will make more this year than all the Houston Astros combined. And he won’t even play the first half of the season, if at all. A-Rod’s $29 million salary tops the major leagues for the 13th straight season, according to a study of major league contracts by the… …read more
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