ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The sound of ball meeting bat seemed louder than any daily thunder that hits Florida during the summer. It was followed by a loud gasp from the meager crowd of 10,865 at Tropicana Field.
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BALTIMORE — It’s been well established that a pitcher’s win-loss record rarely gauges the quality of his outings or his overall performance. Looking for a viable measure of a pitcher’s success, his win-loss record is far from the best determinant.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Denny Hamlin’s pit crew was worth at least $1 million on Saturday night.
SEATTLE — His head shook in disgust and his gaze was straight at the turf of Safeco Field as he sauntered to the Seattle Mariners dugout.
BALTIMORE — The Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes may be more glamorous, but it’s the Preakness alone that can transform three distinct races into a Triple Crown.
SEATTLE — Here it was, a moment that seemed almost implausible given how the game had unfolded up until to that point.
Concord , N.C. — Vancouver’s Greg Biffle won the first 20-lap segment of Friday’s Sprint Showdown, while Clint Bowyer took the checkered flag for the second 20-lap segment to advance into the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
RENTON — In Frank Clark, the Seahawks see possibilities.
SEATTLE — All those home runs became nothing but a happy fading memory by the time the fifth runner was stranded in scoring position. A day after scoring 11 runs while belting six homers in their array of 15 hits, the Seattle Mariners showed that offensive outburst, particularly from their bats, can be fleeting.
SEATTLE — This time the Seattle Mariners did the walking off.
New York City — Ted Wells has completed his investigation into deflated footballs used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and concluded that team personnel deliberately tried to “circumvent the rules.”
Anaheim, Calif. — Johnny Giavotella ripped an RBI double into right field in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Los Angeles Angels to their second straight walk-off win over the Seattle Mariners, 4-3, on Wednesday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — So if this is going to be a thing for Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison, maybe they should have some runners on base when it happens to maximize the effect.
Bruce Irvin is under contract to be a Seahawk in 2015.
HOUSTON — It seemed like just another run to make the defeat seem that much more decisive.