The voting for Major League Baseball's 2014 All-Star Game has been heating up for weeks. The action on the field in the days leading up to the July 15 Midsummer Classic at Target Field in Minneapolis is only getting hotter as June winds down. A look at Wednesday's games shows that many of the leading vote getters in the latest updates are living up to their top billing, while quite a few of their closest pursuers are doing well, too.
When John Norwood stepped into the batter's box with one out in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, in a deadlocked game that would decide the College World Series championship, Vanderbilt hadn't hit a home run since May 16. The junior center fielder tomahawked a 97-mph fastball it to left field, giving the Commodores a 3-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish en route to the title.
With a runner at second and one out in the ninth, the Royals' Lorenzo Cain sent a pitch toward the right-field corner, a tie game for sure, until the outstretched glove of first baseman Scott Van Slyke just barely hung onto the ball to help end a 5-4 win for the Dodgers.
Shut down for seven innings, the Orioles came to life in the eighth inning Wednesday night on Nelson Cruz's game-tying grand slam and then squeaked out a 5-4 victory over the White Sox in the 12th on a wild pitch.
This is 40, Derek Jeter. How does it feel? "It's like turning any other number," you said Wednesday, on the eve of the big Four-Oh. "I don't really pay much attention to numbers, so it's no different to me." Just the sort of vanilla response we've come to expect from Derek Jeter.
It would be an exaggeration to suggest that baseball life begins at 40, but it doesn't end there. History is rife with superb seasons by players in their 40s.
A collection of facts, figures and trivia surrounding Tim Lincecum's second career no-hitter.
Proving that he's a performer for the ages, Tim Lincecum reached across the centuries Wednesday to match a feat that only one other Giant accomplished. Lincecum became the second Giant to pitch two no-hitters, barely missing a perfect game while silencing the San Diego Padres in San Francisco's 4-0 triumph at AT&T Park.