1st In the first one-game playoff to decide the NL wild card, the Rockies edge the Padres, 9-8, in 13 innings in a game that sends them into the NLCS playoffs. San Diego takes a 2-run lead in the top half of the inning on Scott Hairston’s HR, but Colorado bounces back with 3 runs on just 19 pitches—double, double, triple, walk, sac fly– against Trevor Hoffman to get the win. Ramon Ortiz gets the victory for the Rockies. Adrian Gonzalez hits a grand slam for SD, while Todd Helton and Yorvit Torrealba connect for Colorado. It is the second time in three days that Hoffman has allowed a playoff-clinching win to get away from him: he joins Ralph Branca as the only pitcher to suffer a walkoff-loss in a tie breaking game.
Carlos Pena of Tampa Bay and Washington’s Dmitri Young are the Comeback Players of the Year in the American and National Leagues, respectively.
ESPN.com reports that Mets reliever Scott Schoeneweis received six shipments of steroids in 2003 and 2004 from the Florida pharmacy under investigation for illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
3rdThe Rockies take Game 1 of their Division Series with the Phillies, 4-2. Jeff Francis gets the win for Colorado while Matt Holliday hits a HR. Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell homer for the Phils.
The Red Sox take the opening game of their Division Series with the Angels, 4-0, as Josh Beckett hurls a 4-hit, complete game shutout. It is Beckett’s 3rdpostseason shutout, tying him with Whitey Ford and Mordecai Brown, Christy Mathewson had 4 for the Giants. David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis homer for Boston.
The Diamondbacks turn back the Cubs, 3-1, in the opener of their Division Series. Brandon Webb gets the win for Arizona, as Stephen Drew and Mark Reynolds hit HRs.
4thThe Rockies defeat the Phillies, 10-5, to take a 2-game-to-0 lead in their Division Series. Kaz Matsui hits a grand slam, 2B and 3B for Colorado as Josh Fogg gets the win. Troy Tulowitzki and Matt Holliday also homer for the Rockies, while Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard connect for Philadelphia.
The Indians clout 4 HRs on their way to a 12-3 opening game win over the Yankees in their Division Series. Asdrubal Cabrera, Travis Hafner, Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko connect for the Tribe, as CC Sabathia gets the win. Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano homer for NY.
The Diamondbacks take Game 2 of their Division Series with the Cubs, winning by a score of 8-4. Doug Davis gets credit for the victory, while Chris Young paces the Arizona attack with a 3-run HR. Rookie C Geovany Soto connects for Chicago.
5thThe Pirates fire manager Jim Tracy.
The Indians edge the Yankees, 2-1, in 11 innings, after tying the game in the 8thagainst a bugged Joba Chamberlain. A swarm of insects attacks the players on the pitcher’s mound and at the plate and Chamberlain is bothered to the point of walking the leadoff man, and wild pitches him to 2B. A sac bunt and another wild pitch scores the Tribe’s run. Rafael Perez gets the win in relief. Melky Cabrera homers for NY’s only run. Cleveland leads the Division Series, 2 games to none.
The Red Sox defeat the Angels, 6-3, in the 2ndgame of their Division Series on Manny Ramirez’s 3-run walkoff HR. Jon Papelbon gets the win in relief for Boston, which takes a 2 games to 0 lead in the series.
6thThe Diamondbacks beat the Cubs, 5-1, to sweep their Division Series. Livan Hernandez gets the win, while Chris Young, Stephen Drew, and Eric Byrnes homer for Arizona.
The Rockies edge the Phillies, 2-1, to sweep their Division Series. Brian Fuentes gets the win in relief in a game marked by a blackout due to a power outage in the 2ndinning. PH Jeff Baker’s 2-outs single in the bottom of the 8thinning is the decisive blow. The win is Colorado’s 17thin its last 18 games. Shane Victorino accounts for Philadelphia’s only run with a 7th-inning HR.
7thThe Red Sox clobber the Angels, 9-1, to sweep their Division Series. Chuck Schilling gets the victory for Boston, while David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez homer.
The Yankees stay alive in their Division Series with the Indians by winning 8-4. Rookie Phillip Hughes gets the win in relief for NY. Johnny Damon homers for the Yankees and Trot Nixon connects for Cleveland.
8thThe Indians defeat the Yankees, 6-4, to win their Division Series, 3 games to 1. Paul Byrd gets the win for Cleveland. Grady Sizemore opens the game with a HR for the Tribe, while Bobby Abreu, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano connect in a losing cause for NY.
11thThe Rockies take Game 1 of the NLCS with a 5-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. Jeff Francis goes 7 innings for the win. Brad Hawpe gets 2 hits and drives in a pair of runs for Colorado.
12thThe Red Sox roll over the Indians, 10-3, in the opening game of the ALCS. Josh Beckett gets the win, while Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell each drive in 3 runs for Boston. Travis Hafner hits a HR for Cleveland.
The Rockies edge the Diamondbacks, 3-2 in 11 innings, to take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the NLCS. The winning run scores when Willy Taveras is walked with the bases loaded. Manny Corpas gets the win in relief for Colorado.
13thThe Indians even the ALCS at a game apiece by scoring 7 runs in the 11thinning for a 13-6 win. Former Sox OF Trot Nixon’s PH single brings home the tie-breaking run while Franklin Gutierrez’s 3-run HR puts the icing on the cake. Manny Ramirez sets a record with his 23rdpostseason homer for Boston, while Mike Lowell also connects. Grady Sizemore and Jhonny Peralta also homer for Cleveland. Tom Mastny gets the win in relief for the Tribe. David Ortiz ties a postseason record for the Sox by reaching base safely in 10 straight plate appearances.
14thThe Rockies open up a 3-games to none lead in the NLCS with a 4-1 win. Josh Fogg gets the win for Colorado. Yorvit Torrealba’s 3-run HR is the deciding blow. Colorado becomes the first team since the 1935 Cubs to win at least 20 of 21 games after September 1. Matt Holiday also homers for the Rockies, while Mark Reynolds connects for Arizona.
15thThe Reds hire Dusty Baker as their new manager. Baker replaces interim manager Pete Mackanin.
The Indians edge the Red Sox, 4-2, to move ahead of Boston in the ALCS. Jake Westbrook gets the win with the aid of a HR by Kenny Lofton. Jason Varitek’s 2-run HR accounts for all of Boston’s scoring.
The Rockies down the Diamondbacks, 6-4, to sweep the NLCS and head into their 1st World Series with 21 wins in their last 22 games. Series MVP Matt Holiday hits a 3-run homer for Colorado to cap a 6-run 4thinning. Matt Herges gets the win in relief. Arizona’s Chris Snyder also connects for a 3-run HR. The Rockies are only the 2ndteam to start a postseason with 7 straight wins, joining the 1976 Cincinnati Reds.
16thThe Indians beat the Red Sox, 7-3, to take a commanding 3-games-to-1 lead in the ALCS. Cleveland scores all its runs in the 5thinning, with Casey Blake starting the damage with a HR. Paul Byrd gets the win for the Tribe. Boston score all its run in the 6thas Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back-to-back HRs. It is the 1sttime the feat has ever happened in postseason play. Jhonny Peralta also homers for Cleveland, while Kenny Lofton steals his 34thpostseason base to set a new record.
18thThe Red Sox down the Indians, 7-1, behind Josh Beckett. Kevin Youkilis homers and drives in 3 runs for Boston, which now trails Cleveland 3-games-to-2 in the ALCS.
19thThe Royals hire Trey Hillman as their new manager.
20thThe Red Sox trounce the Indians, 12-2, to even the ALCS at 3 games apiece. Chuck Schilling gets the win for Boston. JD Drew hits a grand slam in the 1stinning and drives in 5 runs for the Sox. Victor Martinez homers for Cleveland.
21stThe San Francisco Chroniclereports that Indians P Paul Byrd bought nearly $25,000 worth of human growth hormone and syringes from 2002 to 2005 from a Palm Beach, Florida, anti-aging clinic under investigation by authorities for possible illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
The Red Sox advance to the World Series with an 11-2 win over the Indians in Game 7 of the ALCS. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the win for Boston. Dustin Pedroia leads the Sox attack with a HR and 5 RBIs. Kevin Youkilis also homers for Boston. Josh Beckett is named MVP of the Series. Beckett has won five straight post-season games allowing no more than two runs in each game: in the last 40 years the other to do so are Bob Gibson, Orel Hershiser and Curt Schilling.
24thFormer Negro Leagues star Buck O’Neil is honored by the Hall of Fame with a Lifetime Achievement Award created in his memory.
The Red Sox take Game 1 of the World Series with a convincing 13-1 win over the Rockies. Josh Beckett hurls 7 strong innings for the victory. Dustin Pedroia opens the game with a HR for the Sox, and Boston breaks the game open with a 7-run 5thinning. David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Julio Lugo each get 3 hits for the Sox.
25thThe Red Sox take Game 2 of the Series, with a 2-1 victory over the Rockies. Chuck Schilling gets the win with relief help from Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon. Mike Lowell’s tie-breaking double in the 5thinning is the deciding blow. Matt Holliday gets 4 hits for Colorado, but is picked off 1stbase as the potential tying run in the 8thinning.
27thThe Red Sox take a 3-game lead in the World Series with a 10-5 win over the Rockies in Game 3. Boston OF Jacoby Ellsbury becomes the first rookie in 61 years with 4 hits in a Series game. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the win for Boston. Matt Holliday homers for Colorado.
28thThe Red Sox edge the Rockies, 4-3, to sweep the World Series and win their 2ndchampionship in 4 years. Jon Lester gets the victory for Boston, who gets HRs from Series MVP Mike Lowell and Bobby Kielty. Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe homer in a losing cause for Colorado. Terry Francona joins Bill Carrigan as the only Red Sox skippers to win multiple World Series titles; Carrigan won back-to-back championships in 1915 and 1916 and Francona won in 2004. The Sox will vote 47 full shares, each worth $308,235.75. The Rockies, with 44 shares, will each get $233,505.18.
29thThe Braves send All-Star SS Edgar Renteria and cash to the Tigers for P Jair Jurrjens and OF Gorkys Hernandez.
The Mets grant free agency to veteran outfielder Shawn Green, who hit .291 with an OBA of .352 in 130 games in 2007. But his slugging percentage was a career-low .430 and no team will sign him.
30thThe Yankees hire Joe Girardi as their new manager, replacing Joe Torre who turned down New York’s offer to return as skipper. The Yanks one-year offer to Torre included a salary cut.
Grady Little resigns as Dodgers manager.
31stIn MLB’s fiscal year ending today, commissioner Bud Selig makes more money than any player in the majors who is not a Yankee. Selig’s compensation, as reported in the February 2009 issue of SportsBusiness Journal, is $17,470,491, topped only by Jeter ($22 million including a $2 million signing bonus) Jason Giambi ($21.5 million) and Alex Rodriguez ($23 plus $4 million deferred). Not included is the Yankees’ Roger Clemens. Selig received a $3 million increase over 2006 and his expense account and other allowances increased from $140,603 to $461,450.
Mariners OF Mike Cameron is suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive a second time for a banned stimulant.