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Athletics keep hitting, beat Red Sox 8-6: Adam Kennedy homered on the first pitch of the game Wednesday night and the Oakland Athletics again outslugged Boston, winning 8-6 a day after beating the Red Sox with a 21-hit attack.
Ninth-inning rally sends A's to 11-inning win: The A's rallied for a three-run ninth, and Rajai Davis came up big with the game-tying RBI single, as well as the go-ahead RBI single in the 11th in a 9-8 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday. Adam Kennedy, who had five hits, added a run that proved to be the difference when Boston scored another in the bottom of the inning.
Defense didn't rest: Oakland's defense, which made four errors the day before, was terrific behind Brett Anderson on Sunday. Adam Kennedy, recently converted from second to third, made two slick plays to start the fifth, stabbing a sharp grounder by Mike Napoli and then backing...
BAY BRIDGE SERIES / A pitch for all to hit / The real reason National League is right about not having DH: SHORT STINT: Keith Lieppman jokingly said he'd resigned as first-base coach after the A's had only three baserunners the first eight innings Tuesday. "I saw Adam Kennedy twice and waved at Rajai Davis (who hit a double)," the farm director said. He filled in...
Davis wins it for A's in the ninth: SHORT STINT: Keith Lieppman jokingly said he'd resigned as first-base coach after the A's had only three baserunners the first eight innings Tuesday. "I saw Adam Kennedy twice and waved at Rajai Davis (who hit a double)," the farm director said. He filled in...
Kennedy's homer in ninth lifts A's over Rangers: Adam Kennedy homered twice, including a one-out tiebreaker in the ninth for the first run allowed by Texas reliever Frank Francisco this season, and the Oakland Athletics ended a four-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the AL West-leading Rangers on Sunday.
Kennedy's timely home run leads Athletics over Rangers: Adam Kennedy knew his long-ball opportunities would be limited against Texas Rangers' closer Frank Francisco. With a fastball in the mid-to-high 90s and an effective off-speed pitch, Francisco hadn't allowed a run all season.
Kennedy best fill-in ever: Adam Kennedy came to Oakland as a stopgap, to fill the time and the space in the A's lineup until Mark Ellis' calf healed. Kennedy has given the A's much more than they bargained for when they traded for him May 8. On Monday, for example, he provided most of...
Ellis' return could create logjam at 2nd base: It might be tough to pry Adam Kennedy away from second if he's still over .300 when Mark Ellis comes off the disabled list in late June. Ellis can play third - he spent two years there in college. But six-time Gold Glove winner Eric Chavez (back) could be...
Kennedy provides boost: The A's will spend the next four days at Tampa Bay and while there, they might want to thank the Rays for Adam Kennedy. Ten days ago, Oakland picked up Kennedy, who'd been playing for Tampa Bay's Triple-A Durham team, in exchange for infielder Joe Dillon, a...
Kennedy goes behind enemy lines: Adam Kennedy's presence in green-and-gold garb might seem awkward at first. He was an instrumental part of the enemy for many years, after all, an Angels fixture at second base as Oakland and Anaheim annually grappled for American League West supremacy. Then...
Petit and Copeland make room on roster: With Adam Kennedy and reliever Jeff Gray joining the team Saturday, infielder Gregorio Petit was sent down and Rule 5 outfielder Ben Copeland designated for assignment. Petit was batting .250 in four starts and Copeland did not get into a game after being...
Spring Synopsis: Vasquez to start today vs. Yankees: Wednesday's game: In Port Charlotte, Fla., Jeff Karstens allowed a two-run homer to Adam Kennedy among his five-hit, five-strikeout five innings, and Rule 5 draftee Donnie Veal struggled with two
Kennedy trying to find niche on Rays: The Rays already seem set with their infield, with Evan Longoria starting at third base, Jason Bartlett at shortstop and Akinori Iwamura at second base. But keeping non-roster invitee Adam Kennedy's hopes up are days like Monday, when he's in the starting lineup, leading off and playing second base against the Cardinals.
Former St. Louis Cardinals player Kennedy joins Tampa Bay Rays: The Tampa Bay Rays bolstered their infield depth Tuesday, signing former Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy to a minor-league contract.
Tampa Bay Rays sign Adam Kennedy to minor league deal: The Rays bolstered their infield depth Tuesday, signing second baseman Adam Kennedy to a minor league contract.
Rays sign 2B Kennedy to minor league contract: PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays bolstered their infield depth Tuesday, signing second baseman Adam Kennedy to a minor league contract.
St. Louis Cardinals release second baseman Adam Kennedy: Two months after anointing Adam Kennedy their presumptive starting second baseman, the Cardinals put him on the street Monday.
the Kennedy years: Despite a career .275 batting average and .327 on-base percentage, Adam Kennedy never really found his groove in St. Louis; in his final two years here, he barely registered half a season's worth of at-bats due to sporadic play. A look at Kennedy'...
What's going on at second?: What's going on at second? With the departure of Adam Kennedy, here are the candidates to step in at second base for the Cardinals: Brian Barden............Hit .285 at Memphis, played 3 infield positions Jarrett Hoffpauir...Played 121 games a...
Cards cut Kennedy, eye Schumaker at second: The St. Louis Cardinals released Adam Kennedy yesterday, leaving the second-base job up for grabs with just a week to go before spring training.
Cardinals give Kennedy his release: Five days before the start of Spring Training, the Cardinals made perhaps their most eye-catching move of the offseason, granting second baseman Adam Kennedy his unconditional release on Monday.
Surprise at second: Cardinals waive Kennedy: The St. Louis Cardinals have released Adam Kennedy, leaving the second base job up for grabs with just a week to go before spring training.
Cardinals release 2B Kennedy (AP): The St. Louis Cardinals released Adam Kennedy on Monday, leaving the second base job up for grabs with just a week to go before spring training. The team requested waivers on Kennedy that will expire Wednesday, when he'll become an unrestricted free agent. Kennedy is due to make $4 million next season, the last year of a three-year contract.
Kennedy up for competition at second: Though Aaron Miles and Felipe Lopez are no longer with the Cardinals, Adam Kennedy isn't a lock to hold down the starting second-base gig in St. Louis this season.
Kennedy seeks trade for '09: Second baseman Adam Kennedy is convinced Tony La Russa no longer considers him an everyday player.
Kennedy sticks up for Lopez: Most of the Cardinals had evacuated the clubhouse Saturday quickly after a loss scarred by a bungled play in the ninth inning, but Adam Kennedy stuck around and stuck up for a fellow infielder.
LaRue's 4 RBIs lift Cards by Royals 9-6 (AP):
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The sun, the wind, and Jason LaRue's stocky body proved too much for Kansas City to overcome. The backup catcher started his day by holding onto the ball in the first inning when David DeJesus came crashing into him trying to score. DeJesus, leading the majors with a .463 average with runners in scoring position, had to leave the game.
Cardinals 3, Phillies 2: Kyle Lohse pitched a season-high eight innings of four-hit ball and Adam Kennedy hit a two-run home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rebound from their worst loss at 3-year-old Busch Stadium.
After ugly loss, Cards beat Phillies 3-2 (AP):
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Kyle Lohse brought his best for the team that failed to re-sign him over the winter. Lohse pitched a season-high eight innings of four-hit ball and Adam Kennedy hit a two-run home run, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rebound from their worst loss at 3-year-old Busch Stadium with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Kennedy sees part-time duty: Knowing he hasn't produced enough to be an everyday player, Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy is braced to find his swing in a part-time role.
Rotation at second paying off for Cards: Adam Kennedy has been splitting time at second base with Aaron Miles and Brendan Ryan this season, and the trio is contributing at the plate.
Cubs can't solve Kennedy: Second baseman gets on base all four trips to the plate to spark Cardinals to series-clinching victory. Adam Kennedy, without a home run since last Aug. 7, became a painful pebble in the Chicago Cubs' cleats during Sunday night's come-from-behind 5-3 victory
Pineiro steady as Cards thump Reds: Skip Schumaker and Adam Kennedy set the table, and Rick Ankiel and Troy Glaus cleared it, as the Cardinals cruised to a 7-2 win over Johnny Cueto and the Reds at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.
Cardinals beat Brewers 6-1: Skip Schumaker had two hits and two RBIs and Adam Kennedy was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the surprising Cardinals, who lead the NL Central with a 10-4 record.
Around the NL: Cardinals shut down Brewers 6-1: ST. LOUIS— Braden Looper pitched around Prince Fielder and limited the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup to three hits in five innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 victory Tuesday night. Skip Schumaker had two hits and two RBIs and Adam Kennedy was 3-for-4 with an RBI for the surprising Cardinals, who lead the NL Central with a 10-4 record.
Defense, pitching keep Cardinals hot in win over Nats: Adam Kennedy's spectacular defensive play helped the St. Louis Cardinals' injury-depleted rotation complete a dominating opening week.
Kennedy is finding his swing: An infield single and a double pulled into right field against future Hall of Fame lefthander Tom Glavine punctuated Adam Kennedy's Sunday against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium.
Cards' La Russa throws changeup: Always thinking outside the box, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had his starting pitcher, Todd Wellemeyer, hitting eighth ahead of veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy . He has done it before, with the rationale being it gives his No. 3 hitter, the extraordinary Albert Pujols , an opportunity to drive in more runs.
Middle infield insistent on improving: The Cardinals' middle infielders struggled mightily in 2007, and a change was made at shortstop in the offseason. St. Louis hopes newly acquired Cesar Izturis, as well as holdover Adam Kennedy, can rebound to shore up key spots in the Redbirds' lineup.
Kennedy goes back to basics: As much as he tried, Adam Kennedy couldn't forget his 2007 campaign during the offseason. So he got to work doing what he could to ensure that the performance wouldn't be repeated.
Kennedy on a mission to prove last season was a fluke: Adam Kennedy has heard everything manager Tony La Russa has said about the slim margin for error the second baseman has this spring, but he didn't need the manager to remind him.
La Russa upset Kennedy skipped Cards fan event: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is annoyed that second baseman Adam Kennedy skipped the team's annual Winter Warmup fan fest.
Miles' new deal brings him back for third season: With Aaron Miles (pictured), who turned 31 last month, the Cardinals now have nine infielders on their 40-man roster, including corner-infield stalwarts Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen. The club signed free agent Cesar Izturis this winter and has second baseman Adam Kennedy returning.
Kennedy hopes to be ready by spring training: Second baseman Adam Kennedy took ground balls Wednesday in his first workout with the club since undergoing surgery in August to repair a torn muscle in his left knee.
Notes: Kennedy headed for surgery: The Cardinals placed infieder Adam Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. The team will go with combination of Aaron Miles and Brendan Ryan, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Kennedy's spot.
The Bull Pen / Cardinals lineup a nod at McGwire years: St. Louis manager Tony La Russa is batting his pitcher eighth and a position player ninth to give No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols more RBI chances. La Russa did that in '98 when Mark McGwire batted third. Currently, Adam Kennedy is hitting ninth, having had...
Izturis' slam takes life out of Twins in blowout: ANAHEIM, CALIF. The Twins watched a second baseman crush their spirits with a home run into the right field seats at Angel Stadium on Friday night. They'd seen it all before, of course. Remember when Adam Kennedy hit those three home runs in Game 5 of the 2002 American League Championship Series? That ended the Twins' season. This time, second baseman Maicer Izturis hit his first career grand slam, just when the Twins were starting to feel good about themselves again, and the Angels rolled to a 10-1 victory. Izturis' grand slam off Scott Baker (6-5) stretched the Angels' lead to 6-1 in th
Live updates: Twins vs. Los Angeles Angels: ANAHEIM, CALIF. - The Twins watched a second baseman crush their spirits with a home run into the right field seats at Angel Stadium on Friday night. They'd seen it all before, of course. Remember when Adam Kennedy hit those three home runs in Game 5 of the 2002 American League Championship Series? That ended the Twins' season. This time, second baseman Maicer Izturis hit his first career grand slam, just when the Twins were starting to feel good about themselves again, and the Angels rolled to a 10-1 victory. Izturis' grand slam off Scott Baker (6-5) stretched the Angels' lead to 6-1 in t
Kennedy bats 9th: 'A little shot to your ego': Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy, who has played most of his career in the American League, has hit ninth far more often than in any other position in the batting order. But he admitted it still was a jolt the other day when he heard he was going to do it with some regularity in manager Tony La Russa's new lineup configuration.
Nationals pound Cards 12-1: Joel Pineiro, obtained from Boston on Monday, was making his first major league start in 11 months. He gave up five runs — four earned — on seven hits in five innings.
Tony La Russa, attempting to shake up an anemic offense, decided that Adam Kennedy would bat ninth and his pitcher eighth.
Kennedy sits out for lefties: Second baseman Adam Kennedy was not in Friday's lineup against Braves lefthander Chuck James.
Kennedy heats up in win vs. Marlins: After struggling in the first half of the season, Adam Kennedy has gone on an offensive tear since the All-Star break. That trend continued Monday, as Kennedy came up triple shy of hitting for the cycle in the Cards' 5-3 win over the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium.
Cardinals 5, Marlins 3: MIAMI(AP) -- Chris Duncan and Adam Kennedy homered and Braden Looper won for the first time in seven starts as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 on Monday night.
Cardinals continue winning ways: Chris Duncan and Adam Kennedy homered and Braden Looper won for the first time in seven starts as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 5-3 on Monday night.
Looper (7-7) pitched 6 1-3 innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs. His last win came on May 24 against Pittsburgh.
Kennedy in a funk: The lineup card isn't going to tell Adam Kennedy anything that his batting average and continuing struggles haven't already made clear. Signed to be the everyday second baseman, Kennedy knows he's played his way out of that role.
Spiezio stays in lineup: Looking for a way to keep Scott Spiezio in the lineup, La Russa started the switch-hitter at second base for the first time this season, keeping Adam Kennedy out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game. Spiezio is hitting .314 over his previous 17 starts, batting .333 righthanded.
Kennedy falls into a platoon: Signed as the second baseman to put an end to the rotating cast that has held the position for the Cardinals, Adam Kennedy sees an obvious explanation for how a de facto platoon has developed with Aaron Miles.
Eckstein scratched due to back tightness (AP): St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter David Eckstein was a late lineup scratch for Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals due to tightness in his back. So Taguchi replaced Eckstein in the batting order, Aaron Miles moved from second base to shortstop and Adam Kennedy was inserted in the lineup at second base and batting eighth.
Kennedy searching for answers: If, indeed, misery loves company, Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy wasn't alone as he straddled the Mendoza line, an unflattering reference to the paltry batting average of one-time shortstop Mario Mendoza.
It's just that Kennedy has been trying to make a good first impression with his new team.
Cards end four-game skid, beat Cubs 2-1 (AP):
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Lou Piniella has been around long enough to see just about everything in baseball, but his first managerial look Friday at Cubs-Cardinals -- one of the game's longest and most intense rivalries -- is one he'll remember for a while. Braden Looper allowed five hits in seven innings for the Cardinals, Preston Wilson hit a long homer and St.
Kennedy affirmed as starter: Facing a second consecutive lefthanded starter Wednesday meant a second consecutive day that the Cardinals didn't start Adam Kennedy at second base. Nothing more, insisted manager Tony La Russa.
Wainwright on his game in win: Starter Adam Wainwright dominated the Marlins on Monday, allowing four hits while striking out six in six shutout innings. Scott Rolen had an RBI double and Adam Kennedy followed with an RBI single in a two-run sixth inning to pace the offense in the 3-1 win.
Cardinals count on middle infielders: Solid defense up the middle can save a pitcher, especially when it comes to turning double plays. With David Eckstein, Adam Kennedy and Aaron Miles on their roster, the Cardinals have three very capable veterans to play shortstop and second base.
Angels take team-building to new level: Angels manager Mike Scioscia likes to keep it light in spring training. How light? Ostrich-in-the-dugout light. Scott Miller says it helps to keep the team cohesive in tougher times. After losing vets Darin Erstad and Adam Kennedy, they'll need it.
CARDINALS 9, BRAVES 5: In today's world of high finance in baseball, Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy rates as nearly a $10 million player.
The Cardinals, indeed, are paying Kennedy $10 million but, almost shockingly, that signing is for three seasons.
Adam Kennedy: First choice at second base: In today's world of high finance in baseball, Cardinals second baseman Adam Kennedy rates as nearly a $10 million player.
The Cardinals, indeed, are paying Kennedy $10 million but, almost shockingly, that signing is for three seasons.
Notes: Kennedy coping with injury: Adam Kennedy is a little dinged up, but not so much that he can't still turn in a slick play in the field. Soreness in his right side might keep the second baseman out of the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener on Wednesday.
Notes: Kendrick back to familiar spot: After playing out of position in 2006, Howie Kendrick is now back playing second base. But the 23-year-old has some shoes to fill, taking over for Adam Kennedy who signed with the Cardinals in the offseason.
Around the Horn: Middle infielders: A dozen clubs will have new players playing at least half of their double-play combos, with talents such as Julio Lugo, Mark DeRosa, Alex Gonzalez, Adam Kennedy and Marcus Giles changing teams.
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