David Ortiz Passes Eddie Murray On Home Run List - RealGM Wiretap
David Ortiz homered on Wednesday night Lawrence Thomas Black Jersey , his second in as many games.
According to Elias, Ortiz joined another Boston Red Sox legend, Ted Williams, as the only two players age 40 and over in history to hit home runs in the first two games of a season.
"I don't want to hear about that," Ortiz said. "That's not going to make me feel any younger."
Wednesday's home runs was the 505th of Ortiz's career, moving him past Eddie Murray for 26th on the all-time list.
Upton Can Block Trade To Four Teams - RealGM Wiretap Justin Upton can prevent the Diamondbacks from trading him to four teams, according to a source. Those teams are the Yankees Steve McLendon Black Jersey , Red Sox, Cubs and Indians. It's not known whether Upton would use the no-trade clause to block deals to those clubs. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers has said publicly that he's willing to listen to offers. Red Sox Trying To Dump Beckett - RealGM Wiretap With the trade deadline looming, a Major League executive claims that the Red Sox are trying to trade Josh Beckett. "They're trying to dump him," the executive said, "but I don't think anyone would touch him without a big discount." Boston general manager Ben Cherington said in a radio interview on Friday that trading Beckett isn't necessarily the solution to the team's issues. "Taking Josh Beckett off this team is not necessarily improving things," Cherington said. "We need to add, we need to improve the rotation Darron Lee Black Jersey , if anything -- improve internally or add to the rotation. I think we're sort of stuck in neutral if we start taking guys out of the rotation that are good major league pitchers." As a 105 player -- 10 years in the big leagues, at least five with the same team -- Beckett has the right to veto any deal. Tigers Dont Know Much About Nova - RealGM Wiretap Tigers manager Jim Leyland has admitted that he is a little concerned about having hardly faced Yankees starter Ivan Nova prior to Saturday night. Nova pitched two innings of scoreless relief against Detroit in his Major League debut last season. "We're a little concerned about that," Leyland said. "We don't know a whole lot, other than what we see on tape, what the scout says. We have all that information, but really, the hitters will have to get a little feel for that when they get in the box. You give guys reports Bryce Petty Jersey , you never know how it's going to play out. We know he's very good." Nova, a legit contender for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, posted 16 wins and a 3.70 ERA in 165 13 innings. Pirates Clinch Third Straight Playoff Berth - RealGM Wiretap
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies 13-7 on Wednesday, allowing them to clinch a playoff berth for the third-straight year.
"We're happy with where we are," Andrew McCutchen said. "But we still have some work to do.
"We're not done. Got to keep going."
The Pirates secured at least a wild card as they chase first-place St. Louis in the NL Central. They trail by four games with a home series coming up against the Cardinals.
St. Louis and Pittsburgh are the only major league teams to lock up playoff trips so far.