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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 on whether baseball’s career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will convene an 11-judge panel Thursday in San Francisco to decide whether Bonds’ rambling response to a question about injectable substances was “corruptly” an attempt to “obstruct,... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58428743@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:59:01 MDT MLB: Angels blank Mariners, clinch AL West title http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58428557-77/angels-paxton-wilson-field.html.csp Anaheim, Calif. • The Los Angeles Angels spent an hour after their shutout victory over Seattle waiting in the clubhouse, their eyes glued to televisions while the Oakland Athletics blew a ninth-inning lead. When the A’s were finally finished, the Angels roared up the tunnel and onto their home field, goggles in place and champagne bottles in hand. After a five-year wait and a few more minutes on ice, the Angels are AL West champions again. Los Angeles clinched the division title Wednesday night... Anaheim, Calif. • The Los Angeles Angels spent an hour after their shutout victory over Seattle waiting in the clubhouse, their eyes glued to televisions while the Oakland Athletics blew a ninth-inning lead. When the A’s were finally finished, the Angels roared up the tunnel and onto their home field, goggles in place and champagne bottles in hand. After a five-year wait and a few more minutes on ice, the Angels are AL West champions again. Los Angeles clinched the division title Wednesday night... 58428557@www.sltrib.com Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:48:42 MDT MLB notes: Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58426058-77/bonds-dodgers-barry-court.html.csp 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. The 9th U.S. 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,... 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. The 9th U.S. 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,... 58426058@www.sltrib.com Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:50:02 MDT Braves’ new stadium has a name — SunTrust Park http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58420299-77/braves-stadium-atlanta-park.html.csp Atlanta • The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name — SunTrust Park. The team announced the naming-rights deal at a ceremony Tuesday to officially break ground on the 41,500-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Construction work has already started at the site, while the team finalizes designs of the project. Terms of the 25-year deal were not released. Braves chairman Terry McGuirk says the sponsorship was factored into the $697 million budget. Even though Turner F... Atlanta • The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name — SunTrust Park. The team announced the naming-rights deal at a ceremony Tuesday to officially break ground on the 41,500-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Construction work has already started at the site, while the team finalizes designs of the project. Terms of the 25-year deal were not released. Braves chairman Terry McGuirk says the sponsorship was factored into the $697 million budget. Even though Turner F... 58420299@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:55:01 MDT MLB: World Series star Frank Torre, Joe’s brother, dies at 82 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58411066-77/torre-joe-frank-yankees.html.csp New York • Frank Torre, the World Series star who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82. The Major League Baseball commissioner’s office said Torre died Saturday at a hospice in Palm Beach, Florida. He had previously received heart and kidney transplants, and had been ill in recent years with cancer. Torre played seven seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Though he hit only 13 home runs in 1,482 career at-b... New York • Frank Torre, the World Series star who helped put little brother Joe on a path that led to the Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82. The Major League Baseball commissioner’s office said Torre died Saturday at a hospice in Palm Beach, Florida. He had previously received heart and kidney transplants, and had been ill in recent years with cancer. Torre played seven seasons in the majors with the Milwaukee Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Though he hit only 13 home runs in 1,482 career at-b... 58411066@www.sltrib.com Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:52:07 MDT Baseball: Batters always at risk despite protection http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58407870-77/hit-pitch-stanton-face.html.csp Milwaukee • Life can change in a second in the batter’s box. That’s roughly the amount of time, sometimes less, that a major league hitter has to decide whether to swing at a pitch — or perhaps duck out of the way. The faster the pitch, the less time to react. Most at-bats don’t end in harm, of course. But for all the helmets, elbow guards and padded flaps available to protect various body parts, no batter is ever really 100 percent safe at the plate. Never was that more apparent than Thursday n... Milwaukee • Life can change in a second in the batter’s box. That’s roughly the amount of time, sometimes less, that a major league hitter has to decide whether to swing at a pitch — or perhaps duck out of the way. The faster the pitch, the less time to react. Most at-bats don’t end in harm, of course. But for all the helmets, elbow guards and padded flaps available to protect various body parts, no batter is ever really 100 percent safe at the plate. Never was that more apparent than Thursday n... 58407870@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:46:18 MDT Orioles slugger Chris Davis suspended 25 games http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58406398-77/davis-games-orioles-suspended.html.csp Baltimore • Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games for using amphetamines, a punishment that will extend into the postseason. Baltimore started play Friday leading the AL East by 10 games with 17 left in the regular season, so the team will be without the 2013 home run champion deep into the playoffs. The Commissioner’s office made the announcement on Friday morning, saying Davis would be suspended without pay “after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major Leag... Baltimore • Orioles slugger Chris Davis has been suspended 25 games for using amphetamines, a punishment that will extend into the postseason. Baltimore started play Friday leading the AL East by 10 games with 17 left in the regular season, so the team will be without the 2013 home run champion deep into the playoffs. The Commissioner’s office made the announcement on Friday morning, saying Davis would be suspended without pay “after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major Leag... 58406398@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:46:01 MDT This Date In Baseball http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58397629-77/record-season-inning-league.html.csp Sept. 11 1912 — Eddie Collins set a major league record with six stolen bases for the Philadelphia Athletics in a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. Collins stole six more in a game on Sept. 22. 1918 — The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 behind the three-hit pitching of Carl Mays to win the World Series in six games. This was Bostons third championship in a four-year stretch — 1915, 1916 and this season. 1956 — Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Reds tied a rookie record for home runs in a ... Sept. 11 1912 — Eddie Collins set a major league record with six stolen bases for the Philadelphia Athletics in a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. Collins stole six more in a game on Sept. 22. 1918 — The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 behind the three-hit pitching of Carl Mays to win the World Series in six games. This was Bostons third championship in a four-year stretch — 1915, 1916 and this season. 1956 — Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Reds tied a rookie record for home runs in a ... 58397629@www.sltrib.com Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:21:51 MDT This Date In Baseball http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58388314-77/hit-hitter-runs-game.html.csp Sept. 9 1914 — George Davis of the Boston Braves pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Davis’ no-hitter was the first thrown at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. 1922 — Baby Doll Jacobson hit three triples to lead the St. Louis Browns to a 16-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. 1936 — The New York Yankees clinched their eighth American League pennant with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians, 11-3 and 12-9. The Yankees finished 19... Sept. 9 1914 — George Davis of the Boston Braves pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Davis’ no-hitter was the first thrown at Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox. 1922 — Baby Doll Jacobson hit three triples to lead the St. Louis Browns to a 16-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. 1936 — The New York Yankees clinched their eighth American League pennant with a doubleheader sweep of the Cleveland Indians, 11-3 and 12-9. The Yankees finished 19... 58388314@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:13:02 MDT MLB: Ron Ron Washington steps down as Rangers manager http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58380084-77/washington-manager-team-season.html.csp Arlington, Texas • Ron Washington gathered his players for what they thought would be a team meeting in a surprisingly dreary season. Instead the Texas manager delivered the biggest shock of all: He was stepping down immediately. Washington resigned Friday, saying he needed to devote his full attention to an “off-the-field personal matter.” The announcement came a day after the injury-ravaged Rangers (53-87) lost their sixth straight game and became the first team in the majors mathematically el... Arlington, Texas • Ron Washington gathered his players for what they thought would be a team meeting in a surprisingly dreary season. Instead the Texas manager delivered the biggest shock of all: He was stepping down immediately. Washington resigned Friday, saying he needed to devote his full attention to an “off-the-field personal matter.” The announcement came a day after the injury-ravaged Rangers (53-87) lost their sixth straight game and became the first team in the majors mathematically el... 58380084@www.sltrib.com Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:52:27 MDT MLB: Diamondbacks fire GM Kevin Towers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58378051-77/towers-diamondbacks-manager-season.html.csp Phoenix • The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers in the midst of a third straight disappointing season. Towers became Arizona’s general manager in 2010 and put together a roster that won 94 games and the NL West in 2011. The Diamondbacks have backpedaled since then, finishing .500 the past two seasons and struggling this year despite having the highest payroll in franchise history. Plagued by injuries, Arizona lost 22 of its first 30 games and was 59-81 through Thursday... Phoenix • The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers in the midst of a third straight disappointing season. Towers became Arizona’s general manager in 2010 and put together a roster that won 94 games and the NL West in 2011. The Diamondbacks have backpedaled since then, finishing .500 the past two seasons and struggling this year despite having the highest payroll in franchise history. Plagued by injuries, Arizona lost 22 of its first 30 games and was 59-81 through Thursday... 58378051@www.sltrib.com Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:19:01 MDT Recent call-ups have purpose for Royals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58375774-77/royals-gore-run-bases.html.csp Kansas City, Mo. • In the span of just a few hours on a hot Tuesday afternoon, Terrance Gore drove from Arkansas to Kansas City, moved into a locker deep within Kauffman Stadium, slid into a starched white Royals jersey and took some bunting practice on the field. By nightfall, he was standing on second base in the middle of a pennant race. These are heady times for the Royals, a franchise that hasn’t been to the postseason in nearly 30 years. They were clinging to a 1-game lead over Detroit in ... Kansas City, Mo. • In the span of just a few hours on a hot Tuesday afternoon, Terrance Gore drove from Arkansas to Kansas City, moved into a locker deep within Kauffman Stadium, slid into a starched white Royals jersey and took some bunting practice on the field. By nightfall, he was standing on second base in the middle of a pennant race. These are heady times for the Royals, a franchise that hasn’t been to the postseason in nearly 30 years. They were clinging to a 1-game lead over Detroit in ... 58375774@www.sltrib.com Thu, 04 Sep 2014 23:16:03 MDT 4 Phillies combine for no-hitter http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58362302-77/story.csp Philles 7, Braves 0 Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Revere cf 3 0 2 5 0 0 .310 Rollins ss 5 0 3 1 0 0 .249 Utley 2b 2 0 0 0 2 1 .277 d-Galvis ph-2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .083 Howard 1b 4 0 0 1 1 2 .225 Papelbon p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- Byrd rf 5 0 0 0 0 3 .268 D.Brown lf 3 1 0 0 1 0 .234 Ruiz c 3 1 0 0 0 0 .260 Asche 3b 2 3 1 0 2 0 .249 Hamels p 1 1 1 0 0 0 .173 a-G.Szmre ph 0 1 0 0 1 0 .306 Diekman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- Giles p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- c-Ruf ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .259 Totals 30 7 7 7 7 8 Atlanta AB R H ... Philles 7, Braves 0 Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Revere cf 3 0 2 5 0 0 .310 Rollins ss 5 0 3 1 0 0 .249 Utley 2b 2 0 0 0 2 1 .277 d-Galvis ph-2b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .083 Howard 1b 4 0 0 1 1 2 .225 Papelbon p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- Byrd rf 5 0 0 0 0 3 .268 D.Brown lf 3 1 0 0 1 0 .234 Ruiz c 3 1 0 0 0 0 .260 Asche 3b 2 3 1 0 2 0 .249 Hamels p 1 1 1 0 0 0 .173 a-G.Szmre ph 0 1 0 0 1 0 .306 Diekman p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- Giles p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --- c-Ruf ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .259 Totals 30 7 7 7 7 8 Atlanta AB R H ... 58362302@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:30:02 MDT Ellsbury out with left ankle injury http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58356004-77/ellsbury-ankle-friday-game.html.csp Yankees’ Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the Yankees’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays because of a sore left ankle. Ellsbury was injured when he slid into Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning of New York’s 6-3 win Friday. Home plate umpire Mike Everitt initially ruled Ellsbury safe, but the call was overturned on review. Ellsbury remained in the game in the bottom half. X-rays that were taken afterward were negative. Ellsbury went 2 for 5 with a two-run homer... Yankees’ Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the Yankees’ lineup for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays because of a sore left ankle. Ellsbury was injured when he slid into Toronto catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning of New York’s 6-3 win Friday. Home plate umpire Mike Everitt initially ruled Ellsbury safe, but the call was overturned on review. Ellsbury remained in the game in the bottom half. X-rays that were taken afterward were negative. Ellsbury went 2 for 5 with a two-run homer... 58356004@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:53:45 MDT MLB: Athletics acquire Dunn from White Sox http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58358673-77/dunn-sox-chicago-athletics.html.csp Chicago • The Oakland Athletics acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, hoping to boost their lineup for the final stretch. The White Sox also sent cash to Oakland while acquiring minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. Second in the AL West, the Athletics were looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for starter Jon Lester before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. Dunn has 460 career homers. But he struggled in four seasons with the White Sox... Chicago • The Oakland Athletics acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, hoping to boost their lineup for the final stretch. The White Sox also sent cash to Oakland while acquiring minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. Second in the AL West, the Athletics were looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for starter Jon Lester before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. Dunn has 460 career homers. But he struggled in four seasons with the White Sox... 58358673@www.sltrib.com Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:53:45 MDT MLB denies Tampa Bay’s weekend protest in Toronto http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58341153-77/replay-protest-maddon-manager.html.csp Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend in Toronto. Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling, which stemmed from a play disputed by Rays manager Joe Maddon in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. After Buehrle returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to challenge the call. Myers was c... Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied a protest filed by the Tampa Bay Rays last weekend in Toronto. Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Joe Torre made the ruling, which stemmed from a play disputed by Rays manager Joe Maddon in Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays in 10 innings. Wil Myers was called safe at first base on a pickoff throw by Toronto pitcher Mark Buehrle. After Buehrle returned to the rubber, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to challenge the call. Myers was c... 58341153@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:51:01 MDT MLB: Angels’ Richards out for season with knee injury http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58325330-77/richards-angels-season-boston.html.csp Boston • The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoff run. One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this season. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this year. “You’re going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there,” manager Mike Sciosci... Boston • The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoff run. One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this season. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this year. “You’re going to be thinking of Garrett once every fifth day when he was out there,” manager Mike Sciosci... 58325330@www.sltrib.com Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:28:31 MDT