Tag: July 2

2009 – A 7-2 Astros victory in San Diego is delayed 52 minutes in the top of the ninth when a swarm of bees moves into left field and begins nesting in the jacket of the ballgirl. A local bee expert is brought in to kill and capture the queen and her nest, dispersing the others. “Killer B’s” Geoff Blum, Lance Berkman and Michael Bourn delivered six hits, six runs and six RBIs between them. 

2009 – A 7-2 Astros victory in San Diego is delayed 52 minutes in the top of the ninth when a swarm of bees moves into left field and begins nesting in the jacket of the ballgirl. A local bee expert is brought in to kill and capture the queen and her nest, dispersing the others. “Killer B’s” Geoff Blum, Lance Berkman and Michael Bourn delivered six hits, six runs and six RBIs between them. 

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2004 – Morgan Ensberg, who had smacked 25 homers the year before, belts his first homer – 213 at-bats into the season . The blast is a dramatic two-run bomb over the railroad tracks in left field in the eighth to give Houston a 7-5 comeback victory over the Texas Rangers. Ensberg swats a grand slam the next night in a 10-8 win that overcomes a five-run deficit. 

2004 – Morgan Ensberg, who had smacked 25 homers the year before, belts his first homer – 213 at-bats into the season . The blast is a dramatic two-run bomb over the railroad tracks in left field in the eighth to give Houston a 7-5 comeback victory over the Texas Rangers. Ensberg swats a grand slam the next night in a 10-8 win that overcomes a five-run deficit. 

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1987 – Glenn Davis belts a three-run homer with two out in the ninth to stun the Phillies, 7-6. It comes off Steve Bedrosian who had just set a record by converting 13 consecutive save appearances. Davey Lopes also homers. Dave Smith saves it for Larry Andersen. 

1987 – Glenn Davis belts a three-run homer with two out in the ninth to stun the Phillies, 7-6. It comes off Steve Bedrosian who had just set a record by converting 13 consecutive save appearances. Davey Lopes also homers. Dave Smith saves it for Larry Andersen. 

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1976 – Cesar Cedeno drives in both game-winners in a doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati. Cesar goes 7-for-11 in the twinbill, including a single that is his 1,000th career hit  . His two-run bomb in the 14th off Rich Hinton wins the opener, 10-8. The 25 hits collected in the game ties a team record set just months earlier. Cedeno delivers an eighth-inning double off Fred Norman to plate the winning run in the 3-2 nightcap.

1976 – Cesar Cedeno drives in both game-winners in a doubleheader sweep of Cincinnati. Cesar goes 7-for-11 in the twinbill, including a single that is his 1,000th career hit  . His two-run bomb in the 14th off Rich Hinton wins the opener, 10-8. The 25 hits collected in the game ties a team record set just months earlier. Cedeno delivers an eighth-inning double off Fred Norman to plate the winning run in the 3-2 nightcap.

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In an interleague meeting between top postseason contenders and former Cy Young Award winners, Rick Porcello of the Red Sox gets the better of former teammate Max Scherzer of the Nationals when he surprizes him with a bases-clearing double in the 2nd, the first extra-base hit of his career. Those 3 runs are the only ones Scherzer allows in 6 innings, but they are enough to saddle with a 4 – 3 loss.

On July 2, 2018 In an interleague meeting between top postseason contenders and former Cy Young Award winners, Rick Porcello of the Red Sox gets the better of former teammate Max Scherzer of the Nationals when he surprizes him...

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Mookie Betts homers twice and drives in 8 runs to lead the Red Sox to a 15 – 1 win over the Blue Jays, completing a three-game sweep at the Rogers Centre. It’s only the fourth time in history that a lead-off hitter drives in that many runs.

On July 2, 2017 Mookie Betts homers twice and drives in 8 runs to lead the Red Sox to a 15 – 1 win over the Blue Jays, completing a three-game sweep at the Rogers Centre. It’s only the fourth time in history that...

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The rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game, which will take place at Marlins Park in Miami, FL, are announced. Not surprisingly, the teams who are leading in the standings dominate these rosters, with the Nationals and Astrosproviding three starters each for their respective teams. Bryce Harper of the Nats is the top vote-getter.

On July 2, 2017 The rosters for the 2017 All-Star Game, which will take place at Marlins Park in Miami, FL, are announced. Not surprisingly, the teams who are leading in the standings dominate these rosters, with...

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The Angels crush the Red Sox, 21 – 2, behind the combined hitting of C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez. Cron goes 6 for 6 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs while Perez has 5 hits in 6 at-bats, with 6 RBIs, making them the first pair of teammates to amass 5 hits and RBIs in a game since Gene Moore and Buck Jordan did so for the 1936 Boston Bees. Most of the damage comes during an 11-run 7th inning.

On July 2, 2016 The Angels crush the Red Sox, 21 – 2, behind the combined hitting of C.J. Cron and Carlos Perez. Cron goes 6 for 6 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs while Perez has 5 hits in 6 at-bats, with 6 RBIs, making them the...

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16-year-old Italian shortstop Marten Gasparini signs with the Kansas City Royals, with a $1.3 million bonus. It marks a new record for a signing bonus for a European amateur, topping the $800,000 German outfielder Max Kepler got from the Minnesota Twins.

On July 2, 2013 16-year-old Italian shortstop Marten Gasparini signs with the Kansas City Royals, with a $1.3 million bonus. It marks a new record for a signing bonus for a European amateur, topping the $800,000 German...

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Homer Bailey of the Reds throws the first no-hitter of the season, defeating the Giants, 3 – 0; Bailey also pitched the last no-hitter of 2012. He strikes out 9 while only a 7th-inning walk to Gregor Blanco keeps him from a perfect game. 1B Joey Votto makes a heads-up play to save the bid, however: one batter after Blanco’s walk, he fields a soft liner off the bat of Buster Posey, but realizes he has no play at first base, as Bailey is late in coming to cover; instead he throws to third base, where Todd Frazier tags out Blanco, turning Posey’s potential hit into a fielder’s choice.

On July 2, 2013 Homer Bailey of the Reds throws the first no-hitter of the season, defeating the Giants, 3 – 0; Bailey also pitched the last no-hitter of 2012. He strikes out 9 while only a 7th-inning walk to Gregor...

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SS Billy Hamilton of the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League steals his 100th base of the season in his team’s 78th game, setting his sights on Vince Coleman’s all-time minor league record of 135 stolen bases set in 1983. The speedster in batting .327 with an OBP of .412 while scoring just a little under a run per game.

On July 2, 2012 SS Billy Hamilton of the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League steals his 100th base of the season in his team’s 78th game, setting his sights on Vince Coleman’s all-time minor league record of...

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The Mets’ Jose Reyes, leading the major leagues with a .354 batting average, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today’s game with the Yankees and is headed for the disabled list at a time when trade rumors are swirling around the soon-to-be free agent. The Mets also lose the game, 5 – 2, as Bartolo Colon wins in his first start since returning from a hamstring injury of his own. Curtis Granderson homers for the Yanks.

On July 2, 2011 The Mets’ Jose Reyes, leading the major leagues with a .354 batting average, injures his hamstring in the 2nd inning of today’s game with the Yankees and is headed for the disabled list at a time when...

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Entering the 9th inning with a 7 – 4 lead, Twins closer Matt Capps collapses completely, giving up 4 runs to the Brewers to lose, 8 – 7. Capps starts off the inning by giving up a run on three straight singles, then after two outs Nyjer Morgan belts a two-run double off the right-field wall to tie the game at 7. Pinch-hitter George Kottaras follows with an RBI single. The Twins build an early 7 – 0 lead in the first four innings against Chris Narvesonbefore the Brewers get their bats going. John Axford shows Capps how it’s done in the bottom of the 9th, setting down the Twins in order to earn his 21st save.

On July 2, 2011 Entering the 9th inning with a 7 – 4 lead, Twins closer Matt Capps collapses completely, giving up 4 runs to the Brewers to lose, 8 – 7. Capps starts off the inning by giving up a run on three...

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FC Barcelona wins its fourth Spanish baseball title, but the first in 55 years. They rout the Sevilla Red Sox, 15 – 0, with four home runs while their pitchers fan 12. FC Barcelona improves to 28-3 to clinch the pennant. It is a bittersweet event, as in June FC Barcelona announced it was dropping baseball and many other sports as a cost-cutting move.

On July 2, 2011 FC Barcelona wins its fourth Spanish baseball title, but the first in 55 years. They rout the Sevilla Red Sox, 15 – 0, with four home runs while their pitchers fan 12. FC Barcelona improves to 28-3 to...

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Bidding for his American League-leading 12th win of the season, David Price of the Rays pitches no-hit ball into the 5th inning against the Twins, before being done in by rookie Danny Valencia, who gets the game’s first hit in the 5th, then drives the go-ahead run in the 7th. The Twins prevail, 2 – 1, behind Scott Baker, to stay atop the AL Central.

On July 2, 2010 Bidding for his American League-leading 12th win of the season, David Price of the Rays pitches no-hit ball into the 5th inning against the Twins, before being done in by rookie Danny Valencia, who gets the...

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Chris Young drives in five runs to give newly-appointed manager Kirk Gibson his first victory with the Diamondbacks, 12 – 5 over Los Angeles. Edwin Jackson is the winner in his first start since pitching a no-hitter, while Hiroki Kuroda takes the loss.

On July 2, 2010 Chris Young drives in five runs to give newly-appointed manager Kirk Gibson his first victory with the Diamondbacks, 12 – 5 over Los Angeles. Edwin Jackson is the winner in his first start since pitching...

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More injury woes for the Red Sox: after Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek landed on the disabled list earlier this week, joining four other regulars already in the infirmary, reliever Manny Delcarmen is now out of action with a strained right forearm. The Sox call up Robert Manuel from AAA Pawtucket to take his place, but they would probably be better advised to call a witch doctor to end the curse that’s been stinging them.

On July 2, 2010 More injury woes for the Red Sox: after Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek landed on the disabled list earlier this week, joining four other regulars already in the infirmary, reliever Manny...

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In the competition for most unusual reason for a delay, today’s game between Houston and San Diego stakes a bold claim for first place. In the top of the 9th, a swarm of bees invades part of the left field area of Petco Park, forcing an emergency call to a beekeeper and evacuation of part of the stands. After a 52-minute delay, the game resumes and the Astros prevail, 7 – 2.

On July 2, 2009 In the competition for most unusual reason for a delay, today’s game between Houston and San Diego stakes a bold claim for first place. In the top of the 9th, a swarm of bees invades part of the left...

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A source reveals that Major League Baseball has loaned around $15 million to Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks to help him meet payroll. The multi-millionaire’s financial position has been shaken by the recent economic meltdown and he is reportedly seeking to sell the franchise.

On July 2, 2009 A source reveals that Major League Baseball has loaned around $15 million to Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks to help him meet payroll. The multi-millionaire’s financial position has been shaken by the recent...

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The Oakland Athletics sign Dominican amateur Michael Ynoa for a $4.25 million bonus, nearly $2 million than Wily Mo Pena’s 9-year-old record for an international amateur free agent. Ynoa will only win one game over the next four minor league seasons due to injuries and wildness.

On July 2, 2008 The Oakland Athletics sign Dominican amateur Michael Ynoa for a $4.25 million bonus, nearly $2 million than Wily Mo Pena’s 9-year-old record for an international amateur free agent. Ynoa will only win one...

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With skipper Joe Torre watching from the Yankee dugout, Roger Clemens, throwing eight innings of a two-hit ball of a 5-1 win over the Twins, becomes the eighth pitcher to record 350 career victories. The New York manager was the catcher for Warren Spahn’s 350th win, making him a participant of the only two occasions that a pitcher has reached the milestone since 1928.

With skipper Joe Torre watching from the Yankee dugout, Roger Clemens, throwing eight innings of a two-hit ball of a 5-1 win over the Twins, becomes the eighth pitcher to record 350 career victories. The New York manager was the catcher for Warren Spahn’s 350th win, making him a participant of the only two occasions that a pitcher has reached the milestone since 1928.

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In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which sent a cameraman to the hospital and launched a police investigation. The veteran southpaw, who will appeal the decision, is selected by his peers to be a member of the American League All-Star squad scheduled to play next week in Detroit.

On July 2, 2005 In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which sent a cameraman to the...

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In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which send a camera operator to the hospital and launch a police investigation. The veteran southpaw, who will appeal the MLB decision, is selected by his peers to be a member of the American League All-Star squad scheduled to play next week in Detroit.

In one of the most severe penalties ever imposed by the commissioner’s office for on-field behavior, Kenny Rogers is suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 for actions which send a camera operator to the hospital and launch a police investigation. The veteran southpaw, who will appeal the MLB decision, is selected by his peers to be a member of the American League All-Star squad scheduled to play next week in Detroit.

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Suffering through their worst season since their inception in 1998, the Diamondbacks replace manager Bob Brenly with third-base coach Al Pedrique. The former skipper of Arizona’s Triple-A Tucson Sidewindersbecomes the second Venezuelan to manage in the big leagues.

On July 2, 2004 Suffering through their worst season since their inception in 1998, the Diamondbacks replace manager Bob Brenly with third-base coach Al Pedrique. The former skipper of Arizona’s Triple-A Tucson...

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Suffering through their worst season since their inception in 1998, the Diamondbacks replace manager Bob Brenly with third-base coach Al Pedrique. The former skipper of Arizona’s Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders becomes the second Venezuelan to manage in the big leagues.

Suffering through their worst season since their inception in 1998, the Diamondbacks replace manager Bob Brenly with third-base coach Al Pedrique. The former skipper of Arizona’s Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders becomes the second Venezuelan to manage in the big leagues.

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Fifty-three major league players hit a record 62 home runs, breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. The barrage includes a record-tying dozen hit at Chicago’s Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in 1995.

Fifty-three major league players hit a record 62 home runs, breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. The barrage includes a record-tying dozen hit at Chicago’s Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in 1995.

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53 major league players hit a record 62 home runs, breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. A record 9 players have multiple home run games, breaking the previous mark of 8. The barrage includes a record-tying dozen hit at Chicago’s New Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in May 1995.

On July 2, 2002 53 major league players hit a record 62 home runs, breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. A record 9 players have multiple home run games, breaking the previous mark of 8. The barrage includes a...

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At Cincinnati, the Astros and Reds play the 1st inning with non-regulation baseballs, the result of a mix-up by an attendant in the umpires’ locker room. The attendant did not notice the word “practice” stenciled on the 144 balls he rubbed up for the game; the practice balls generally have defects such as irregular stitching or weight deviations. Astros pitcher Wade Miller notices the practice ball when warming up and informs ump Mark Hirschbeck, who rules that the practice balls must be used in the bottom of the 1st before switching. The Astros win in the 10th, 6 – 5. Austin Kearns has four hits, and Adam Dunn a homer for the Reds. Lance Berkmandrives in five for Houston.

On July 2, 2002 At Cincinnati, the Astros and Reds play the 1st inning with non-regulation baseballs, the result of a mix-up by an attendant in the umpires’ locker room. The attendant did not notice the word...

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The Giants score eight runs in the 1st inning on their way to an 18 – 5 rout of the Rockies. OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo gets five hits for San Francisco, including a double and two home runs. Damon Minor, Shinjo, and Reggie Sanders each homer twice to tie a major league record. The Giants become the 16th team to have three players with multiple home runs in the same game.

On July 2, 2002 The Giants score eight runs in the 1st inning on their way to an 18 – 5 rout of the Rockies. OF Tsuyoshi Shinjo gets five hits for San Francisco, including a double and two home runs. Damon Minor, Shinjo,...

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At the SkyDome, Manny Ramirez belts a three-run homer in the 1st and the Red Sox roll to a 16 – 4 clipping of the Blue Jays. Manny’s blast travels 491 feet, the longest homer in Dome history; it is his 7th of the year against the Jays, the most an opponent has hit in a season, and his 5th at the Dome, which also ties an opponents record. Chris Stynes has three hits, three runs, and three errors in the hitfest. Hideo Nomo is the winner.

On July 2, 2001 At the SkyDome, Manny Ramirez belts a three-run homer in the 1st and the Red Sox roll to a 16 – 4 clipping of the Blue Jays. Manny’s blast travels 491 feet, the longest homer in Dome history; it is...

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At Shea Stadium, Mets fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball back onto the field which John Rocker had tossed into the stands. A few day later, the 26-year old Brooklyn man will be exonerated as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown concludes he had no criminal intent and was doing nothing more than following a baseball tradition of returning an unsolicited and unwanted souvenir.

On July 2, 2000 At Shea Stadium, Mets fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball back onto the field which John Rocker had tossed into the stands. A few day later, the 26-year...

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After hitting two home runs in a 2 – 1 victory over the Expos, Marlins outfielder Mark Smith becomes a hero for the second time this day when he pulls a man from a smoke-filled car minutes before the car explodes.

On July 2, 2000 After hitting two home runs in a 2 – 1 victory over the Expos, Marlins outfielder Mark Smith becomes a hero for the second time this day when he pulls a man from a smoke-filled car minutes before the car...

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Umpire Tom Hallion is suspended for three games for his actions during an argument with Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and coach Milt May on June 26th. The dispute began when Rockies pitcher Mike DeJean complained to third base umpire Terry Tata about a check-swing call while walking to his dugout, and home plate ump Hallion told him to get in the dugout. Hallion bumped Reed and May during the ensuing dispute. Officials cannot recall another suspension of an umpire for an on-field dispute. In 1990, National League president Bill White was prepared to suspend umpire Joe West for slamming Philadelphia pitcher Dennis Cook to the field, but commissioner Fay Vincent intervened and no discipline was imposed.

On July 2, 1999 Umpire Tom Hallion is suspended for three games for his actions during an argument with Colorado catcher Jeff Reed and coach Milt May on June 26th. The dispute began when Rockies pitcher Mike DeJean complained to...

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The Reds put P Pete Schourek on the 15-day disabled list, but he’ll undergo elbow surgery on July 17th and miss the rest of the season. The Reds’ other ace, Jose Rijo, recovering from surgery last August, has yet to pitch off the mound for Birmingham.

On July 2, 1996 The Reds put P Pete Schourek on the 15-day disabled list, but he’ll undergo elbow surgery on July 17th and miss the rest of the season. The Reds’ other ace, Jose Rijo, recovering from surgery last...

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The Marlins sign Domingo Aramboles, 16-year-old Dominican pitcher, to a contract, giving him a $5,500 signing bonus. Aramboles produces a birth certificate showing he’s 16, but later on it is discovered that he is only 14, and the Commissioner’s office will nullify the contract. His 1.71 minor league ERA will earn him a big bonus when he signs again in 1998. Josephang Bernhardt, another Latin ballplayer who will produce a phony birth certificate, will be taken away from Tampa Bay and sign with Toronto for $750,000.

On July 2, 1996 The Marlins sign Domingo Aramboles, 16-year-old Dominican pitcher, to a contract, giving him a $5,500 signing bonus. Aramboles produces a birth certificate showing he’s 16, but later on it is discovered...

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Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo, who is leading the National League in strikeouts, becomes the first player from Japan to be selected for the major league All-Star game. As the starter for the Senior Circuit, the 26 year-old rookie tosses two scoreless innings in National League’s 3-2 victory over their American League rivals at The Ballpark in Arlington.

Dodger right-hander Hideo Nomo, who is leading the National League in strikeouts, becomes the first player from Japan to be selected for the major league All-Star game. As the starter for the Senior Circuit, the 26 year-old rookie tosses two scoreless innings in National League’s 3-2 victory over their American League rivals at The Ballpark in Arlington.

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