Tigers to honor Anderson this summer

By | January 22, 2011 2:35 pm | Comments Off

The late Sparky Anderson, the first manager to guide American and National League franchises to World Series titles, will have his No. 11 jersey retired this summer by the Detroit Tigers. Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Saturday during the team’s winter fan festival. Anderson was in the dugout when the Cincinnati Reds…


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Teufel latest EL manager to migrate

By | January 21, 2011 1:23 pm | Comments Off

The Eastern League’s manager carousel will make another rotation with Tim Teufel’s departure from the Binghamton Mets on Friday. The parent New York Mets promoted Teufel to run their Triple-A club in Buffalo despite Binghamton’s 66-76 record last season. The 52-year old has managed throughout the franchise’s lower minor leagues for eight seasons after an…


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Jurrjens, Ross return to 2010 teams

By | January 19, 2011 5:47 pm | Comments Off

Jair Jurrjens was one of four Atlanta Braves who agreed to contracts with the perennial National League power. Jurrjens, a former Erie SeaWolves pitcher, joined relievers Peter Moylan and Eric O’Flaherty, and All-Star infielder Martin Prado in returning to the Braves. They’ll be led by former Erie Sailors manager Fredi Gonzalez, who took over for…


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Indians sign Choo to one-year deal

By | January 18, 2011 1:53 pm | Comments Off

The Cleveland Indians avoided arbitration hearings and signed some key components for their 2011 season Tuesday. The Tribe settled on one-year deals with right fielder Shin-Soo Choo and closer Chris Perez and reliever Rafael Perez before Tuesday’s 1 p.m. deadline for exchanging salary numbers with unsigned arbitration-eligible players. Baseball’s arbitration hearings  are scheduled from Feb….


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Richmond reverts to former manager

By | January 18, 2011 10:02 am | Comments Off

It’s a new city, but an old franchise for Dave Machemer. The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced that Machemer, who has nearly four decades of baseball experience, will manage the Eastern League entry for 2011. He returns to Double-A baseball after guiding the Single-A Augusta (Ga.) GreenJackets the last two seasons. Before then, Machemer managed…


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Fantasy beat: Yankees make interesting move for Soriano

By | January 15, 2011 6:45 pm | Comments Off

– The Yankees couldn’t get any of the big-name free agents, so they decided to strengthen their bullpen. New York signed Rafael Soriano to a huge $35 million contract. That’s a lot of cash for a setup guy. If your league counts holds, he’s one to watch. If you have Mariano Rivera and want insurance,…


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Zumaya’s arm woes don’t deter Detroit

By | January 14, 2011 3:27 pm | Comments Off

Joel Zumaya’s recent run of arm agonies weren’t enough to deter the Detroit Tigers from bringing back their flame-throwing reliever. Zumaya, who pitched for the Erie SeaWolves in 2004 and 2005, agreed to a one-year contract with the parent club Friday. Detroit resigned their 2002 first-round draft pick even though the 26-year old has missed…


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Tribe’s top prospects have shot to make club

By | January 13, 2011 12:57 pm | Comments Off

For better or worse, the Cleveland Indians top prospects will get a fair shot at earning roster spots in spring training. The young Tribe has openings in the bullpen, at the back end of the rotation, at second base and at third base and on the bench. The big question is: Who is going to…


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Raburn receives two-year deal from Detroit

By | January 13, 2011 8:49 am | Comments Off

Utility player Ryan Raburn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The former Erie SeaWolves outfielder will make roughly $3.4 million over that span. Raburn, 29, was drafted by the parent club in the fifth round of the 2001 amateur draft. He played most of the 2004  season…


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Surprise ends second for AFL season

By | November 18, 2010 9:18 pm | Comments Off

The Surprise Rafters, whose roster included prospects in the Detroit Tigers minor league system, saw their 2010 Arizona Fall League season end with a 3-all tie against the Phoenix Desert Dogs. All of Thursday’s games were scheduled to end after seven innings regardless of the score. Surprise starter Brooks Brown, who led the Erie SeaWolves…


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