Former Phillie Thome homers twice in return from DL

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Former Phillie Thome homers twice in return from DL

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- For Jack Cust and the Seattle Mariners, it felt good to finally slug their way to a win.

Luis Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and Seattle rallied to win its sixth straight game, beating Jim Thome and the Minnesota Twins 8-7 on Monday night.

Carlos Peguero's single in the ninth scored pinch-runner Michael Saunders with the tying run, helping the Mariners overcome Thome's powerful return to the lineup.

"It felt good to pick up the pitching. They've picked us up a bunch this year," said Cust, who homered in the first inning to snap a career-long, 40-game drought. "If we can get our bats going we should be better."

In his first game off the disabled list, Thome homered twice -- including a 465-foot shot that bounced high in the air after landing on the Target Field pavilion in the fourth inning.
He also hit a line drive that had just enough height to clear the wall in left field in the seventh.

The slugger took a curtain call after his second homer, and the Twins held a 7-4 lead. But again, the bullpen couldn't hold on.

"You go on the DL and you go down, you always want to come back and swing the bat well," Thome said. "Unfortunately, we didn't win the ballgame. That's what you want to do every night. It felt good to swing the bat good, but ultimately, it's all about winning."

Jack Wilson led off the 10th with a single against Anthony Swarzak (0-2) and moved to second on Miguel Olivo's single. Ichiro Suzuki advanced both runners with a sacrifice, and Chone Figgins was intentionally walked. Wilson scored on Rodriguez's fly to center.

"There were so many moments in that game which were turning points," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Ultimately, there were three or four things that if we don't do what we need to do, we're not playing any more."

Brandon League pitched a perfect inning for his 11th save in 14 chances.

Jamey Wright (1-1) worked around two walks in the ninth to earn the win. He got Jason Repko to ground out with a runner on second to send the game to extra innings.
Denard Span also went deep for the Twins.

After Carl Pavano recovered from a rocky start to retire the final eight batters he faced, Joe Nathan allowed two runs in the eighth and only recorded one out before being relieved by Matt Capps.

Capps escaped the eighth, but Peguero lined a two-out single to center in the ninth to score Saunders from second and tie it at 7.

Capps had a chance to catch Saunders too far off second base on a comebacker to the mound with one out, but failed to make the throw.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire removed his hat in disgust in the dugout, something he has done often as his team continues to make uncharacteristic mental mistakes.
Shortstop Trevor Plouffe also had a couple of blunders.

"Mistakes. We talk about it all the time, the fundamentals -- get the outs you're supposed to. We didn't do that and it overshadowed a great night by Jim Thome," Gardenhire said.
Seattle and Minnesota are the two weakest hitting teams in the American League, but combined for 15 runs and 25 hits on Monday.

"Pitching has been the reason why we've run this streak," Wilson said. "It was nice to be able to swing the bat after the relievers kept us in the game."

It was the first time in eight games that the Mariners allowed more than two runs and the first time in nine games that a Seattle starter failed to pitch at least seven innings.
Jason Vargas allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings and was chased after Delmon Young's single gave the Twins a 5-4 lead.

Vargas was 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last four starts before Monday.
"He just didn't have the command that we've seen him have," Wedge said. "I'm just glad that his teammates were able to pick him up."

Notes
The entire Twins team circled around a large No. 3 behind second base to honor Harmon Killebrew during a pregame ceremony. The Twins will hold a public memorial service for Killebrew at 7 p.m. at Target Field on Thursday. ... Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer (right hip tightness) and Young (bruised leg) were removed after the seventh for precautionary reasons. ... Seattle does not have a player hitting above .300 in its starting lineup. ... An MRI exam on Twins RHP Kevin Slowey's oblique did not reveal any damage, but he wasn't available. Slowey might be sent to Triple-A Rochester or traded so he can again become a starter. ... Minnesota C Joe Mauer and 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka are rehabbing in Florida and could see game action later this week.

Savon Goodman transfers to La Salle for 2016-17 season

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Savon Goodman transfers to La Salle for 2016-17 season

Forward Savon Goodman has enrolled in graduate classes at La Salle and will play the 2016-17 season with the Explorers.

“Savon is the perfect addition to our team next year,” La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini said in a statement released by the school. “He shoots a great percentage and rebounds and defends with a tough, athletic style of play. He was a key part of an Arizona State NIT team and has had big games against great competition.”

Goodman, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Arizona State and is not subject to transfer rules. 

He averaged 9.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 28 contests as a junior in 2015-16. He shot 55 percent from the field overall.

In leading Constitution High School to the PIAA State Championship as well as the Philadelphia Public League title during his senior year, Goodman earned Public League MVP honors.

Jackie Robinson's historic Dodgers contract on display in Philadelphia

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Jackie Robinson's historic Dodgers contract on display in Philadelphia

A piece of modern baseball history will be on display in Philadelphia for the next couple of weeks.

The original contract Jackie Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 that allowed him to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball will be featured at the National Constitution Center from May 26 until June 5.

Mikalai Kontilia, CEO of Collectors Cafe, the company loaning the contract to the Constitution Center, brought both the Dodgers' document and the contract Robinson signed with the minor league Montreal Royals in October 1945 to The Comcast Network's Breakfast on Broad show on Tuesday morning.

"What's amazing is, these contracts, finally, after 60-some odd years, have been unearthed, discovered and the American people can finally see the Jackie Robinson contracts," Kontilia said.

The Dodgers' contract plays an important role in American history, and not just in terms of sport. Many people point to then-Dodgers owner Branch Rickey's signing Robinson as a starting point in the American civil rights movement.

Kontilia said a historic documentarian appraised the contracts at a value of $36 million.

For more on the contracts, check out the segment from Breakfast on Broad.

Photo credit of Robinson signing contract: DodgersNation.com.

Jim Schwartz on missing Fletcher Cox: 'He’ll catch up'

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Jim Schwartz on missing Fletcher Cox: 'He’ll catch up'

As the Eagles kicked off their second round of voluntary OTAs on Tuesday morning at the NovaCare Complex, the team’s best player was still MIA.
 
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is staying away from the team as he awaits a long-term contract extension for big money. He hasn’t been at any of the team’s voluntary workouts this spring and the first mandatory date isn’t until June 7.
 
As the Eagles install a new defense, how much is Cox missing?
 
“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said on Tuesday afternoon in a near-30-minute press conference. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme similar to this. He’ll catch up. But I’m sure there will be some carryover for him. I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.”
 
Without Cox on Tuesday, veteran free agent pickup Mike Martin worked with the first-team defense at tackle next to Bennie Logan. Last week, at the first open OTA practice, Taylor Hart filled in for Cox.
 
When asked if he has spoken with Cox since taking the job, Schwartz declined to comment, saying he prefers to keep private conversations with players private.
 
And by the third consecutive Cox question – this one about how Cox will eventually fit into his defense – the veteran NFL coach was ready to move on.
 
“Why don’t we do this: That’s probably enough Fletcher Cox speak,” Schwartz said. “Let’s just talk about the guys that are here. I really can’t comment on the guys that aren’t here. I haven’t had any experience with those guys. So anything I’d say would really be hypothetical, to tell you the truth.
 
“I did look, as the whole defensive staff did, we evaluated last year, what guys did. And he certainly had an impressive year last year. And we think that scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’re going to do is going to fit him very well.”