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Sat Feb 2419:58Ohtani has mixed results in first pitching start with Angels
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani didn't quite dazzle in his spring pitching debut with the Los Angeles Angels.Maybe things will change when he swings the bat for the first time in a Cactus League game.The star two-way player from Japan had mixed results in his first big league mound appearance Saturday, when he allowed a home run and didn't make it through his scheduled two innings in a 6-5 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers.The 23-year-old right-hander threw some nice pitches, including a fastball clocked at 97 mph, and a curveball that came across at 69 mph.But he also struggled with his fastball command in allowing two runs, one earned, and two hits in 1 1-3 innings. Keon Broxton tagged him for a home run leading off the second inning."Besides the results, I mean, I had a lot of fun out there, so I think it went all well," Ohtani said through a translator.He struck out two and walked one. He threw 31 pitches, 17 for strikes.Ohtani didn't hit — he wasn't in manager Mike Scios... [More]
Fri Feb 2314:39Perez in the mix at 2B for Brewers
PHOENIX (AP) — Hernan Perez is going to play somewhere at some point.With Milwaukee adding outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich over the winter, It looks as if Perez might see a drop-off in playing time. But manager Craig Counsell isn't worried."Every year he's on the team, you say 'I don't really know how this will work,'" Counsell said. "But when you play seven positions, it works. It works because he can play seven positions. You don't have to have it figured out with him."The 26-year-old Perez started at seven different positions while appearing in a career-best 136 games last season. He even pitched an inning. He also hit .259 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs.Perez came up through Detroit's minor league system as an infielder and had never made an appearance in the outfield until 2016, when the Brewers began transitioning him into a utility role.He played 88 games in the outfield last year, including 34 starts in left primarily while Ryan Braun was injured.While the 14 homers... [More]
Fri Feb 913:13NL Central teams at the start of spring training
A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:___Chicago CubsManager: Joe Maddon (fourth season).2017: 92-70, first place, lost to Dodgers in NLCS.Training Town: Mesa, Arizona.Park: Sloan Park.First Workout: Feb. 14/19.He's Here: RHP Brandon Morrow, RHP Tyler Chatwood, RHP Steve Cishek, LHP Drew Smyly.He's Outta Here: RHP Wade Davis, C Alex Avila, C Rene Rivera.Going campin': Chicago is coming off three consecutive NLCS appearances, and it looked a little tired when its title defense came to an end with a lopsided playoff loss to Los Angeles last year. The bullpen was hit hard by the Dodgers in the NLCS, and the Cubs batted just .168 in 10 postseason games. The roster returns mostly intact, but the bullpen and coaching staff each has a new look. Morrow replaces Davis at closer after agreeing to a $21 million, two-year contract. J... [More]
Thu Feb 817:11Busy Brewers shift spring focus from rebuild to winning
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The rebuilding plan for the Milwaukee Brewers is a smashing success, so much so that they're not really rebuilding anymore.Bold moves to trade for Christian Yelich and sign free agent Lorenzo Cain sent a message."We decided winning in 2018 was as important as to win in 2020," owner Mark Attanasio said.A surprising 2017 season that left Milwaukee a win short of the playoffs raised hopes in what was supposed to be just the second full season of a rebuild. Rising expectations accompanied the acquisitions of Yelich and Cain.Those NL Central meetings with the two-time division champion Chicago Cubs should be fun this year."Last year, I got asked where we were and if we were ahead of schedule," Attanasio said at the team's winter fan event in downtown Milwaukee. "I think we can say now we're ahead of schedule."Some things to watch ahead of the start of spring training:NEW LOOK: The slick-fielding Cain and Yelich improve the outfield defense, which should help the pitching ... [More]
Thu Feb 817:01Busy Brewers shift spring focus from rebuild to winning
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The rebuilding plan for the Milwaukee Brewers is a smashing success, so much so that they're not really rebuilding anymore.Bold moves to trade for Christian Yelich and sign free agent Lorenzo Cain sent a message."We decided winning in 2018 was as important as to win in 2020," owner Mark Attanasio said.A surprising 2017 season that left Milwaukee a win short of the playoffs raised hopes in what was supposed to be just the second full season of a rebuild. Rising expectations accompanied the acquisitions of Yelich and Cain.Those NL Central meetings with the two-time division champion Chicago Cubs should be fun this year."Last year, I got asked where we were and if we were ahead of schedule," Attanasio said at the team's winter fan event in downtown Milwaukee. "I think we can say now we're ahead of schedule."Some things to watch ahead of the start of spring training:NEW LOOK: The slick-fielding Cain and Yelich improve the outfield defense, which should help the pitching ... [More]
Fri Jan 1223:12Brewers avoid arbitration with all their eligible players
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have avoided arbitration with all of their eligible players after reaching one-year agreements with pitchers Jimmy Nelson and Corey Knebel, as well as infielders Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez.Nelson reached a $3.7 million deal for 2018 after a breakthrough season in which he went 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA and a team-leading 199 strikeouts. Knebel, who made the All-Star team in his first year as closer, gets $3.65 million.Villar's deal is for $2.55 million. The switch-hitter hit .241, 44 points lower than in 2016.Perez agreed to a $1,975,000 deal. He had career highs with 14 home runs, 19 doubles, 136 games and 432 at-bats last year.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Wed Sep 13 201705:102B Jonathan Villar remained out of Milwaukee's starting lineup f...
2B Jonathan Villar remained out of Milwaukee's starting lineup for a sixth straight game. Villar, whose season-long slump cost him his starting job at second base, has been limited to one pinch-hit appearance since a rough defensive showing in center field in a 9-3 loss at Cincinnati last week. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the lack of playing time was because of Neil Walker's presence at second base and a desire to focus more on defense at the center field position where he'd used Villar sparingly in order to keep his switch-hitting bat in the lineup.
Thu Sep 7 201705:18OF Jonathan Villar had been given shot in center but committed k...
OF Jonathan Villar had been given a shot in center but committed a key error when he dropped a fly ball on Tuesday. Villar batted .333 in the three-game series at Cincinnati, and manager Craig Counsell is trying to find a spot defensively in order to keep his bat in the lineup. "It's a risk," Counsell said of playing Villar in center. "We've had to take risks to get to the spot we are, and we will continue to take risks. It's how we're here, in my opinion." Keon Broxton started in center on Wednesday.
Fri Sep 1 201717:23MLB roundup: Diamondbacks sweep Dodgers
PHOENIX -- Chris Iannetta and A.J. Pollock homered, and Zack Greinke recorded his National League-leading 16th victory as the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep with an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.Paul Goldschmidt doubled in two runs off Kenta Maeda in the first inning, Iannetta hit a two-run homer in a three-run second inning, and Pollock hit a two-run homer in the third as Arizona won its seventh straight game, tying a season high.The Diamondbacks had seven homers and scored 21 runs in the series, the first time Los Angeles has been swept this season. The Dodgers have lost a season-high five straight.Greinke (16-6) gave up four hits and one run in six innings while improving to 13-1 at home. He struck out six and walked two.Blue Jays 11, Orioles 8BALTIMORE -- Kendrys Morales hit three home runs and set a career high with seven RBIs as Toronto snapped Baltimore's seven-game winning streak.Morales' third homer in the eighth tied his career high a... [More]
Wed Aug 16 201707:092B Jonathan Villar made first career start in center field Tuesd...
2B Jonathan Villar made his first career start in center field Tuesday against Pittsburgh as manager Craig Counsell tried to stack his lineup with left-handed bats against the Pirates' Ivan Nova. Villar was almost exclusively a shortstop prior to this season, when he was moved to second base to accommodate top prospect Orlando Arcia.
Sat Aug 12 201703:432B Jonathan Villar had three hits Friday, including 10th home ru...
2B Jonathan Villar had three hits Friday, including his 10th home run of the season, marking the first time since July 8-9 that Villar had back-to-back multiple-hit games. He was also charged with a pair of errors, giving him 14 for the year, the most by a National League second baseman this season.
Mon Jul 24 201703:53SS Jonathan Villar provided Milwaukee's only offense while game ...
SS Jonathan Villar provided Milwaukee's only offense while the game was still in the balance in Sunday's 6-3 loss in Philadelphia. Villar, who was 1-for-4 with a single and a run, knocked an RBI single to even the score at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning. He also added his 19th steal in the loss.
Fri Jul 21 201703:452B Jonathan Villar, who struggling most of season for Milwaukee,...
2B Jonathan Villar, who has been struggling most of the season for Milwaukee, went 2-for-5 with a double.
Mon Jul 17 201702:052B Jonathan Villar singled in four trials Sunday, extending hitt...
2B Jonathan Villar singled in four trials Sunday, extending his hitting streak to a season-high eight games. Since returning from the disabled list June 27, Villar is batting .267 (16-for-60) with a double, two home runs, four RBIs and four stolen bases. A breakout player a year ago, Villar never got going in 2017 and was batting .212 when he landed on the DL with a back injury June 9.
Fri Jun 30 201715:52MLB roundup: Dodgers' Kershaw gets 12th win
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Clayton Kershaw gave up three hits over seven innings to earn his major-league-best 12th win, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.Kershaw (12-2) allowed only an unearned run, struck out 12, his second-highest total of the season, and walked two while making 93 pitches. The Dodgers smashed three home runs, including what was essentially a game-clinching three-run blast by Joc Pederson in the sixth inning.Yasiel Puig and Chase Utley each hit solo shots, as all three homers came off Angels starter JC Ramirez. The home runs increased the Dodgers' total to 50 in June, the most in a calendar month in franchise history.Ramirez was knocked out of the game when a sixth-inning line drive by Puig struck him on the right hip. Ramirez (7-6) gave up all six Dodgers runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings.White Sox 4, Yankees 3CHICAGO -- James Shields earned his first victory since April 6, throwing a... [More]
Fri Jun 23 201703:332B Jonathan Villar sent on rehab assignment to Class A Wisconsin
2B Jonathan Villar was sent on a rehab assignment to Class A Wisconsin. Villar has been out since May 25 with a lower back strain.
Thu Jun 22 201704:532B Jonathan Villar will begin minor league rehab assignment Thur...
2B Jonathan Villar will begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Wisconsin. Villar has been out since May 25 with a lower back strain. Villar was having a rough year before the injury. After batting .285 with 62 stolen bases a year ago, Villar had a .213 average and 76 strikeouts in 56 games.
Wed Jun 21 201704:002B Jonathan Villar got through two days of on-field workouts and...
2B Jonathan Villar got through two days of on-field workouts and reported no problems with his lower back but weather concerns in Colorado, home of Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate, have temporarily put a minor league rehab assignment on hold.
Tue Jun 20 201703:432B Jonathan Villar resumed on-field workouts Monday for first ti...
2B Jonathan Villar resumed on-field workouts Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a lower back strain on June 10. Manager Craig Counsell said Villar will go through two days of workouts and then head out for a minor league rehab assignment. But Villar might not immediately return to his starting role once healthy. Eric Sogard has remained red hot since being brought up to the majors on May 12 and has six-game hitting streak while reaching base in 24 of his 31 games this season. Villar, meanwhile, has been mired in a slump all season.
Sat Jun 17 201703:552B Jonathan Villar playing catch and taking swings in batting ca...
2B Jonathan Villar has been playing catch and taking swings in the batting cage but is still a ways from returning after straining his lower back last week at Arizona. Villar was scuffling when he was injured, batting .213 with 76 strikeouts, leading manager Craig Counsell to turn to the hot bat of Eric Sogard to lead off and play second base.
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