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Friend: I Begged Them Not to Go on Fernandez's Boat

Friend of one victim says pitcher was upset after fight with girlfriend

(Newser) - Although Jose Fernandez was often seen heading out with friends to enjoy a day on the water, the night of his death doesn't sound particularly carefree, per USA Today . Shortly before he headed out on a boat early Sunday with friends Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, who also died... More »

Former Star MLB Pitcher Dead at 29

Ex-Braves player Tommy Hanson suffered 'catastrophic organ failure': report

(Newser) - Tommy Hanson, the friendly pitcher known as "Big Red" whose MLB career was stalled by injuries and personal loss, died Monday night at the age of 29, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hanson, who pitched four seasons for the Atlanta Braves and ended his major league stint with the Los... More »

Baseball's 'Most Interesting Pitcher' Lives in a VW Bus

Meet Blue Jays' Daniel Norris

(Newser) - What is it about Daniel Norris that would prompt ESPN the Magazine to anoint him the "most interesting pitcher in baseball"? It probably has something to do with the 21-year-old rising star living in a beat-up VW camper he calls Shaggy in a Walmart parking lot during spring... More »

Girl's 70mph Arm Leads Team to Little League World Series

13-year-old pitches shutout

(Newser) - Thanks to Mo’Ne Davis, "you throw like a girl" is now a compliment. The 13-year-old pitched a shutout against a Delaware team yesterday, leading her Philadelphia squad—the Taney Dragons—to the Little League World Series, reports the AP . Mo’Ne struck out six with help from her... More »

Yankee Pitcher Ejected for Pine Tar... on His Neck

Michael Pineda: 'I didn't want to hit anybody'

(Newser) - Earlier this month, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda threw against the Red Sox with pine tar on his hand. The stuff is illegal, but when it's subtly used, players don't usually make a fuss about it, Deadspin notes. Last night, however, things weren't so subtle: Pineda had pine... More »

Blue Jays Pitcher Beaned by Line Drive, Hospitalized

Happ in stable condition after heavy hit

(Newser) - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ is in stable condition in the hospital after being hit in the head by a searing line drive from the bat of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings. Play at Tropicana Stadium was halted for 11 minutes while Happ, who was bleeding but conscious,... More »

Best Ever? Mariano Rivera Retiring After This Year

Yankees great set the standard for relief pitchers

(Newser) - Mariano Rivera announced today what baseball fans, and especially Yankees fans, could see coming: The 43-year-old is retiring after this season. "There goes the greatest relief pitcher that ever lived," writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today . The numbers make it hard to disagree: Rivera is the game's... More »

A's Pitcher Still in Danger After Line Drive Hits Him

Brandon McCarthy had brain surgery this week

(Newser) - The Oakland A's are in the thick of a playoff race, but players have a way more pressing situation to keep an eye on: A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy is in the hospital recovering from brain surgery after getting hit on the head by a line drive Wednesday. McCarthy... More »

Seattle's Felix Hernandez Throws Perfect Game

It's the first in team history, third in majors this year

(Newser) - Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez just made a little history: He tossed a perfect game in his team's 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, the first one in franchise history, reports the Seattle Times . It's only the 23rd in league history, but it happens to be No.... More »

Pitcher's Ejection Ignites Spat Over Baseball's 'Code'

Manager Davey Johnson snitches on former player, now foe

(Newser) - A pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays got ejected from a game last night for smearing pine tar in his glove, and the incident has set off a debate about the sport's "unwritten rules," writes Gabe Lacques at USA Today . The debate isn't about the not-so-shocking... More »

Matt Cain Pitches Giants' 1st Perfect Game

125-pitch masterpiece gives Giants 10-0 win over Astros

(Newser) - Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants pitched the Houston Astros into oblivion at AT&T Park last night, throwing the first perfect game in the team's history, and the 22nd in major league history, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . He had a career-high 14 strikeouts and threw a... More »

Jamie Moyer, 49, Aims for MLB Record

Rockies pitcher poised to be oldest to win game

(Newser) - If the Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer pulls off a win this Saturday, he'll become the oldest pitcher in baseball history to do so. At 49, Moyer is the oldest Major Leaguer since 2007, and the oldest to take the mound since 1972. Indeed, he's more than twice the... More »

Freak Ankle Injury May End Yankee's Career

Joba Chamberlain lost so much blood he could have died: Daily News

(Newser) - Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain is likely out for the season and possibly done with baseball after suffering a bizarre and gruesome ankle injury, reports the Daily News . He damaged his right ankle while playing with his young son and lost so much blood that his life was in danger,... More »

Reds' Leake Busted Shoplifting

Six Macy's T-shirts were worth $60, cops say

(Newser) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake will make $425,000 this year, but he was apparently short the $59.95 for six American Rag T-shirts that cops say he lifted at a Macy's today. Leake's arrest report says the 23-year-old removed price tags from the shirts and tried to... More »

Pitcher Retires Rather Than Collect Easy $12M

Kansas City's Gil Meche didn't think he'd earn the money

(Newser) - Here's a contender for sportsman of the year—even though it's still January and this guy isn't in sports anymore. Kansas City Royals pitcher Gil Meche is walking away from a guaranteed $12 million paycheck, opting to retire because he doesn't think he'd earn the money, reports the New York ... More »

Baseball Legend Bob Feller Dead at 92

Cleveland Hall of Famer 'first and foremost a great American'

(Newser) - Bob Feller, the Iowa farm boy who became one of the greatest pitchers baseball has ever seen, has died aged 92, reports the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The Hall of Famer—whose fastball earned him the nicknames "Bullet Bob" and the "Heater from Van Meter"—signed for the Cleveland... More »

Clemens Faces Nearly 2 Years in Jail

If convicted on perjury charges

(Newser) - Now that he's been indicted on charges that he lied to Congress about doping, Roger Clemens faces the very real possibility of prison time. If convicted, sentencing guidelines suggest somewhere between 15 and 21 months, reports the New York Times . He faces 6 counts related to his 2008 testimony—one... More »

Cops: Mets Star K-Rod Assaulted Girlfriend's Dad

He's charged with assault for clubhouse incident

(Newser) - New York Mets star closer Francisco Rodriguez has been charged with assault after allegedly punching out his girlfriend's dad in, of all places, the "family room" of the team's clubhouse. Sources tell the New York Post that K-Rod (named for his strikeout prowess) roughed up 53-year-old Carlos Pena—after... More »

Ump Blows Perfect Game

Bad call snatches record from Tigers' Galarraga

(Newser) - If umpire Jim Joyce hadn't screwed up, Armando Galarraga would have entered the record books as the first Detroit Tiger in history to pitch a perfect game. But the ump—with 8 and two-thirds innings gone—incorrectly ruled that the Cleveland Indians' Jason Donald was safe, sparking a chorus of... More »

Roger Clemens' Rocket Lacked Oomph: Ex-Mistress

Pitching great suffered from erectile dysfunction: Mindy McCready

(Newser) - It's probably a good thing Roger Clemens is retired from baseball, because the locker-room ribbing after this would be epic: The Rocket's former mistress says he had "a lot of problems" with erectile dysfunction. Onetime country singer Mindy McCready, who stars in a forthcoming sex tape imaginatively titled Baseball ... More »

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