What happens when a pitcher loses his best pitch

What happens when a pitcher loses his best pitch

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No matter the age, experience or past success, for lefties and righties alike, losing the feel of the baseball -- especially on one's best pitch -- is maddening. It can happen at any time, in the bullpen before a game, in the first inning or even midway through a start. Fortunately, many times, pitchers find "it" again and can continue. It's why you often see a hurler have one bad inning but look like Sandy Koufax before or afterward. "There are times you wake up, feel great, go to the park, throw a pitch and it's like you've never done this before," Cubs starter Jon Lester said recently. "Other days, you feel like you couldn't break a window pane and you go eight shutout. It's the nature of baseball." Lester…
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Alonso tops Strawberry’s Mets rookie HR mark

Alonso tops Strawberry’s Mets rookie HR mark

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 27th home run of the season Sunday to set the franchise rookie record. Alonso's homer in the top of the fourth inning off the Chicago Cubs' Cole Hamels traveled 454 feet to center at Wrigley Field. The home run is tied for his second-longest this season. Darryl Strawberry had held the Mets' record for home runs by a rookie since he hit 26 in 1983. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year that season and hit his 26 home runs in 122 games. Alonso hit his 27th home run in just his 77th game. "Congrats to Pete for breaking my record which has stood for a long time. What he's done in a short period of time is…
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Mets land reliever Pounders, sign top pick Baty

Mets land reliever Pounders, sign top pick Baty

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Desperate for help in a failing bullpen, the New York Mets acquired reliever Brooks Pounders from the Cleveland Indians for cash on Saturday. Pounders, who had been pitching at Triple-A Columbus, was immediately added to the major league roster. The Mets (33-36) also recalled right-hander Chris Flexen from Triple-A Syracuse and put him in the bullpen against St. Louis as well. Right-hander Tim Peterson was optioned to Syracuse, and veteran lefty Hector Santiago was designated for assignment. In other news, the Mets signed first-round draft pick Brett Baty, a 19-year-old third baseman out of Lake Travis High School in Texas. He received a $3.9 million bonus, below the slot value of $4,366,400 for being the 12th overall selection. New York began the night 16 for 32 in save chances, the…
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Reds’ Gennett (groin) starts rehab assignment

Reds’ Gennett (groin) starts rehab assignment

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Scooter Gennett began a rehab assignment Monday, the final step in returning from a severe groin injury in spring training that has sidelined the Cincinnati Reds second baseman all season. Gennett will play five days with Single-A Daytona and move up to Triple-A Louisville to continue the rehab, which will last until he feels ready to come off the injured list. Manager David Bell said Gennett will be back in the starting lineup as soon as he's able.china nike nfl jerseys cheap "We all know he's going to play," Bell said. "He's been a big part of our offense the last few years. There's no reason that would change. "There may be some limitations at the beginning, to make sure he's healthy and all that." In the last two years,…
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Ortiz back in Boston, taken to local hospital

Ortiz back in Boston, taken to local hospital

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A plane carrying David Ortiz landed in Boston on Monday night, a day after the Red Sox icon was shot at a club in his native Dominican Republic and underwent emergency surgery. Ortiz was then taken by ambulance, with a police escort, to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he will continue to receive medical attention. Ortiz was shot Sunday at a club in eastern Santo Domingo, a bustling nightlife district packed with dance clubs and bars. A team of surgeons, led by Dr. Abel Gonzalez, operated on Ortiz for six hours and repaired damage done by the bullet to both intestines and his liver. They also had to remove Ortiz's gallbladder to work on the liver, though the gallbladder itself was not damaged.nike nfl jerseys for cheap Gonzalez said during a…
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‘Your eyes get big’: Why Kyle Hendricks is pitching up in the zone

‘Your eyes get big’: Why Kyle Hendricks is pitching up in the zone

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It's a trend that is becoming more and more popular with pitchers, even the soft-tossing ones such as Chicago Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks. When he takes the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, don't be surprised if you see his catcher coming out of his crouch on almost half the pitches he throws. Living upstairs in the strike zone -- or even higher -- is no longer just for the flamethrowers. The launch-angle era has changed strategies for many, including hurlers who average 87 mph on their fastball. "I've been doing it more lately," Hendricks said last week. "The way the game is going, the way guys are swinging, I feel like more of the holes are being presented up in the zone now." "More" might be…
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Cubs call up Gonzalez, bat outfielder fifth

Cubs call up Gonzalez, bat outfielder fifth

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The Chicago Cubs called up outfielder Carlos Gonzalez on Monday and plugged him into the lineup, hoping the veteran could jolt the offense.cheap nfl jerseys nike china Gonzalez, 33, was signed to a minor league deal on Thursday after the Indians designated him for assignment. Gonzalez batted fifth and played right field Monday against the Angels at Wrigley Field. The regular right fielder, Jason Heyward, moved over to center field. Gonzalez was once one of the more feared hitters in baseball. The three-time All-Star won a batting title with a .336 average while with Colorado in 2010. He drove in 100 runs as recently as 2016. He also gives the Cubs another left-handed option at the top of the lineup. In 110 games batting first, Gonzalez has a .310 batting…
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Phillies’ Herrera has leave extended by MLB

Phillies’ Herrera has leave extended by MLB

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Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera's administrative leave has been extended to June 17, Major League Baseball announced Monday.cheap youth nfl jerseys Herrera was arrested last Monday at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and charged with simple assault and knowingly causing bodily injury after an incident involving his girlfriend. He is due in court on June 17. According to a police report obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Herrera left "hand print markings" on his girlfriend's neck and "small scratches" on her arms.cheap official nike nfl jerseys Herrera, 27, is hitting .222 with a home run and 16 RBIs this season.
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Sources: Blue Jays calling up 2B Biggio Friday

Sources: Blue Jays calling up 2B Biggio Friday

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Toronto Blue Jays prospect Cavan Biggio will be called up to the major leagues for the first time Friday, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports Thursday night. Biggio, a second baseman and the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, is hitting .306/.440/.507 with Triple-A Buffalo this season.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale Toronto selected the younger Biggio in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. The infielder turned 24 in April. Biggio will join another heralded prospect in Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is also the son of a Hall of Famer, on Toronto's roster. A third baseman, Guerrero is hitting .241 with five homers and 11 RBIs since being called up last month. The Blue Jays will be the first team in MLB history to have multiple sons of Hall…
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Balky knee forces Yanks to place Sabathia on IL

Balky knee forces Yanks to place Sabathia on IL

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CC Sabathia's balky and bothersome right knee has landed him on the New York Yankees' still-full injured list. "We have so many injuries, and to kind of pile this on there kind of sucks right now, but this is just something that I need to take care of," Sabathia said after the Yankees' 7-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles. "Probably take some time [off] just to get the medicine in there and let it kind of work its magic." Sabathia, 38, who earned his 249th career win Wednesday by striking out seven in a five-inning outing, said he won't be traveling with the Yankees to Kansas City on Thursday night. The Yankees have a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals that follows Thursday's midday series finale in Baltimore. Instead…
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