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Former New York Yankees pitcher Edward ‘Whitey’ Ford dies at 91

Former New York Yankees pitcher Edward ‘Whitey’ Ford dies at 91

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Edward "Whitey" Ford, a pitcher who spent all 16 years of his career with the New York Yankees and led the franchise to six World Series championships, has died, the club announced Friday. He was 91. Ford died Thursday at his home in Lake Success, N.Y., on Long Island, The New York Times reported. The Chairman of the Board -- so called because of his calm demeanor -- was the second-oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame at the time of his death. Advertisement The cause of Ford's death wasn't announced. "Today all of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Whitey Ford, a New York City native who became a legend for his hometown team," Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Whitey earned his status as the ace of some of the most memorable teams in...
MLB playoffs: Ace pitcher matchups, big bats launch postseason schedule

MLB playoffs: Ace pitcher matchups, big bats launch postseason schedule

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Sept. 29 (UPI) -- American and National League teams will send their best pitchers to the mound Tuesday and Wednesday to begin the wild card round of the 2020 MLB playoffs. Sixteen teams -- eight from each league -- emerged from the MLB's coronavirus pandemic shortened 60-game regular season to form the expanded playoff field. Advertisement They will compete in best-of-three wild card series through Oct. 10, starting a month-long journey toward the World Series, which will be played Oct. 20 to 28 in Arlington, Texas. The third-seeded Minnesota Twins will battle the sixth-seeded Houston Astros in the first game of the postseason at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday in Minneapolis. The Oakland Athletics will host the Chicago White Sox in the second game of the day. The top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays will host...
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer out until 2021 after having surgery

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer out until 2021 after having surgery

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June 3 (UPI) -- Two-time All-Star Chris Archer will not pitch until the 2021 season after he had surgery to relieve discomfort in his upper body. The Pirates said the veteran pitcher showed symptoms neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, a group of disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves compress between your collarbone and your first rib. Advertisement Dr. Robert Thompson performed the surgery Tuesday at Washington University Hospital in St. Louis. "After consulting with several leading vascular and orthopedic surgeons in recent weeks, the decision was made to undergo the procedure," the Pirates said. Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms include pain or weakness in the shoulder and arm and tingling or discomfort in the fingers. It also results in arm fatigue. Archer, 31,...
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has elbow surgery

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has elbow surgery

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April 23 (UPI) -- Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will miss about six weeks after having surgery on his elbow Tuesday. The team announced that Eovaldi had surgery to remove a loose body in his right elbow. The 29-year-old was placed on the injured list Saturday. He pitched against the New York Yankees on Wednesday for six innings and allowed one run. This season, Eovaldi made four starts without a decision and a 6.00 ERA. He has allowed 14 runs in 21 innings, striking out 16 and walking 11. The 29-year-old said Thursday he felt discomfort in his right elbow, and it was determined after an examination with Dr. Christopher Ahmad in New York that he should have the surgery. It is the same procedure Eovaldi had in March 2018, when he was on the Tampa Bay Rays. Eovaldi signed a...
Bald eagle spikes talons into Mariners pitcher during anthem

Bald eagle spikes talons into Mariners pitcher during anthem

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April 5 (UPI) -- A bald eagle sank its talons into Seattle Mariners pitcher James Paxton Thursday during the national anthem at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn.The unwanted interaction occurred before the Mariners took on the Twins for their home opener. Paxton, 29, was standing out in left field for his warmup when the eagle circled the stadium. It eventually came to a stop on Paxton's right shoulder. The eagle put out its claws and grasped onto Paxton's jersey as the pitcher bent over to protect himself from the razor-sharp barrage.Paxton stoically shook off the exchange and returned to a standing position. The eagle landed on the ground before it was taken away by its handler.The Mariners' starting left-hander and Canada native started Thursday's game after allowing six runs and six h...