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Justin Morneau tied a season high with six RBIs, including five as part of an eight-run first inning against spot starter Carlos Frias, and the Colorado Rockies routed the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 16-2 on Wednesday. Morneau hit a three-run homer and a two-run single in the opening frame as the last-place Rockies chased Frias (0-1) after just two outs. Morneau and Carlos Gonzalez are the only Rockies players to drive in five runs in an inning. Charlie Blackmon went 5 for 5 with a solo homer as the Rockies took two of three from the Dodgers.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 10:44 pm
Rusney Castillo’s long journey to the major leagues is over. The Boston Red Sox rookie outfielder will make his debut on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 27-year-old Castillo will play center field and bat seventh, ending a three-week sprint through Boston’s minor league system for the former Cuban star. Castillo insists he feels no pressure to produce the kind of immediate impact in the majors provided by fellow countrymen like Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig and Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 10:11 pm
Injured Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won’t play again in the majors this season because of last week’s beaning. Stanton was hit in the face by a fastball from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers last Thursday. Stanton sustained facial fractures, dental damages, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes. Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Stanton also had concussion symptoms but has been given neurological clearance.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 10:08 pm
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is appealing his six-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed for throwing at the head of a Baltimore hitter. MLB penalized Stroman on Wednesday and also fined the 23-year-old rookie an undisclosed amount. The suspension had been set to start on Wednesday night when the Blue Jays played at Baltimore. Because Stroman is appealing, no penalty will take effect until there is a resolution.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 9:22 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — One day after clinching the NL East title, the Washington Nationals have given right-hander Blake Treinen a fill-in start against the Atlanta Braves.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 8:44 pm
Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball’s career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out. Circuit Court of Appeals will convene an 11-judge panel in San Francisco to decide whether Bonds’ rambling response to a question about injectable substances was ”corruptly” an attempt to ”obstruct, influence or impede the grand jury proceeding … by knowingly giving material testimony that was intentionally evasive, false or misleading.” ”If I was Bonds’ lawyers, at this moment I would be really feeling pretty good that they’ve got a real shot of reversing the conviction,” said William B. Gould IV, a professor emeritus at Stanford Law School. Bonds was indicted in 2007, and four years later a jury deadlocked on three counts charging him with making false statements when he denied receiving steroids and human growth hormone from trainer Greg Anderson and denied receiving injections from Anderson or his associates.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 6:18 pm
The owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement to buy a stake in the Oklahoma City RedHawks, and the team will change its Triple-A affiliation to Oklahoma City next year. The deal marks the end of the Dodgers’ minor league presence in Albuquerque after 44 years. The Dodgers will continue to play in the Pacific Coast League while moving to its American Northern Division and playing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The agreement announced Wednesday is part of a partnership in which Peter Guber will be executive chairman and managing director of the RedHawks, and partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman will manage the company’s operations.
Posted on 17 September 2014 @ 5:50 pm