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Votto helps Reds rally past Astros 4-3 (AP):
Cincinnati Reds left fielderJerry Hairston Jr. (15) is helped by center fielder Willy Taveras (3) after hitting the wall while attempting to catch a double hit by Houston Astros' Jason Michaels during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 20, 2009 in Houston." align="left" border="0">
The Cincinnati Reds are starting to believe in themselves. Joey Votto's two-run double in the seventh inning lifted the Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night. Trailing 3-2, Paul Janish and Willy Taveras singled before Votto's hit. It was the third time in the last four games that the Reds rallied late to win.
Astros notes: Hensley roughed up by Pirates: Astros manager Cecil Cooper was optimistic injuries suffered Saturday by infielder Edwin Maysonet (sprained ankle) and outfielder Jason Michaels (strained hamstring) weren't as serious as they could have been.
Ex-Phillie Michaels joins Astros: Outfielder Jason Michaels agreed yesterday to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Houston Astros.The 32-year-old former Phillie hit .224, with eight home runs and 53 RBIs, in 123 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last season.
Astros sign Michaels for one year: The Astros' pursuit for a fifth outfielder may have come to a conclusion on Monday, when they signed Jason Michaels to a one-year contract worth $750,000.
Astros sign backup outfielder Michaels to one-year deal: The Astros signed Jason Michaels to a one-year, $750,000 contract plus incentives Monday, essentially filling the club’s other backup outfielder’s role for the 2009 season.
Baseball Notes: Ex-Phillie Michaels joins Astros: Outfielder Jason Michaels agreed yesterday to a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Houston Astros.The 32-year-old former Phillie hit .224, with eight home runs and 53 RBIs, in 123 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last season.
Astros sign pinch-hitting Michaels to 1-year deal: The Houston Astros have signed outfielder Jason Michaels to a one-year contract worth $750,000, plus incentives.
Astros, OF Michaels agree to 1-year deal (AP): Outfielder Jason Michaels and the Houston Astros agreed Monday to a $750,000, one-year contract. Michaels hit .224 with eight home runs and 53 RBIs in 123 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last season. He was 9-for-45 (.200) as pinch-hitter with 13 RBIs, third-most in the major leagues. The 32-year-old played all three outfield positions last season.
Michaels, Rivas join free-agent pool: Outfielder Jason Michaels and infielder Luis Rivas became the latest two Pirates to file for free agency on Friday.
Pirates Notebook: Team to approach Mientkiewicz, Michaels about staying: SAN DIEGO -- The Pirates have yet to approach key bench players Doug Mientkiewicz or Jason Michaels, each of whom can become a free agent this offseason, but general manager Neal Huntington said yesterday they plan to do so.
Dodgers win in 12, closer to West title (AP):
Pittsburgh Pirates' Nyjer Morgan, left, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin while attempting to score on an infield chopper by Jason Michaels in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008. The Dodgers won 4-3 in 12 innings. " align="left" border="0">
Hitters hear it from the day they graduate from T-Ball: a walk is as good as a hit. For the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, their 11 walks were barely good enough for a much-needed win on a day their bats didn't do much. James Loney's line-drive single scored the go-ahead run in the 12th inning after Pittsburgh reliever Craig Hansen walked the bases full, and the Dodgers inched closer to...
Oswalt sets Astros record in victory (AP):
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jason Michaels (18)runs off the field after hitting into a game-ending double play in a baseball game in Houston on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008. Houston won 6-0.( AP Photo/Bob Levey)" align="left" border="0">
Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros will have to wait a few days to see if they can continue their terrific stretch run. Oswalt threw his second straight complete-game shutout and set a Houston record for consecutive scoreless innings, helping the streaking Astros beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 Thursday night for their 14th win in 15 games.
Pirates 5, Reds 2: PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Paul Maholm pitched eight innings and Jason Michaels and Brandon Moss homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Karstens, new-look Pirates cool off Cubs (AP):
Pittsburgh Pirates' Jason Michaels watches his solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 1, 2008. Michaels drove in two runs in the Pirates 3-0 win over the Cubs. " align="left" border="0">
Two of their best players got traded. Their opponent was on a roll. This looked like a bad time for the new-look Pirates to visit Wrigley Field. Instead, Pittsburgh made a strong showing in a 3-0 victory that ended the Chicago Cubs' five-game winning streak Friday behind a strong performance from Jeff Karstens.
Michaels' homer rallies Pirates past Cardinals in 10-inning slugfest: Jason Michaels hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, the Pirates' third big homer in three innings, and Pittsburgh rallied from six runs down in the eighth to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-11 Saturday night.
Michaels'two-run blast caps dramatic comeback for Pirates: Jason Michaels'two-run home run in the 10th inning capped one of the greatest comebacks in recent Pirates history, a 12-11 stunning of the St. Louis Cardinals tonight at PNC Park. ...
Pirates 1, Blue Jays 0: PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Shortstop John McDonald misplayed Jason Michaels' hard-hit grounder with the bases loaded and none out for a game-ending error in the 12th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates ruined Cito Gaston's return as the Toronto Blue Jays' manager with a 1-0 victory Friday night.
Pirates nip Blue Jays, 1-0, after 12 innings: Shortstop John McDonald's error on a ball hit by Jason Michaels gave the Pirates a 1-0 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in 12 innings last night at PNC Park.
Pirates edge Toronto, 1-0: Shortstop John McDonald's error on a ball hit by pinch-hitter Jason Michaels gave the Pirates a 1-0 win against Toronto in 12 innings tonight at PNC Park.
Maholm settles down for series win: Paul Maholm dominated on Thursday, needing just 86 pitches over eight frames, and was helped by a Jason Michaels three-run shot and a Jason Bay RBI triple as the Bucs beat the Astros, 4-3.
Pirates 4, Astros 3: PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Thursday night.
Maholm, Pirates shut down struggling Astros, 4-3: Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 4-3 on Thursday night. Jason Bay added a run-scoring triple to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth, helping Pittsburgh beat Houston for...
Pirates edge Astros, 4-3: Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings, Jason Michaels hit a three-run home run and Matt Capps worked out of a mini-jam in the ninth to earn his 13th save as the Pirates beat Houston, 4-3, tonight at PNC Park in front of 10,728.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 4: Jason Michaels hit a tying pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh and Jason Bay drove in the winning run an inning later as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 Monday night.
Pirates Notebook: Coonelly satisfied player's past incident isolated: One of new outfielder Jason Michaels'traits that the Pirates seem to like quite a bit is his character.
Pirates Notebook: Michaels acquired, Morgan out: The Pirates yesterday added experience to their bench by acquiring Jason Michaels, a 32-year-old outfielder with a career .277 average and quality character, from the Cleveland Indians in a trade ...
Pirates acquire Michaels, demote Morgan: The Pirates today acquired outfielder Jason Michaels and cash from the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named.
Francisco to be put into outfield mix: Jason Michaels will be designated for assignment and Francisco will be called up from Triple-A Buffalo before the Indians' series opener at Yankee Stadium.
Gutierrez's return sends others to bench: The return of one slumping player could put a few others back in their slumps. Franklin Gutierrez, out since Tuesday because of illness, was back in the seventh slot on Saturday night. The move comes, though, just as the left-field platoon of David Dellucci and Jason Michaels appeared to be using the benefit of playing every day to emerge from their slides.
Westbrook sharp against Nats: Jake Westbrook was sharp in his start on Sunday, striking out five over three scoreless innings in a 5-2 victory over the Indians in the home half of their split-squad games vs. the Nationals. Homers by Josh Barfield, Andy Marte and Jason Michaels lead the offense.
Indians 8, Rangers 3: ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Victor Martinez, Josh Barfield and Jason Michaels drove in two runs apiece to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 Sunday night.
Martinez, Barfield, Michaels lift Tribe (AP):
All seems to be well with the Cleveland Indians one night after their All-Star catcher had an argument with a starting pitcher. Victor Martinez, Josh Barfield and Jason Michaels drove in two runs apiece to help the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 Sunday night. Barfield went 3-for-4 and scored two runs and Casey Blake also had three hits for Cleveland, which bounced back one night after Martinez...
Indians extend Athletics'skid:
Jason Michaels hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and extended his hitting streak to 11 games for Cleveland as Oakland fell to 1-6 on its 10-game road trip. Paul Byrd (7-3) allowed three runs in seven innings in winning for the first time since May 30. The right-hander gave up 10 hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Joe Borowski got the final two outs in the ninth after the A's had runners at third and second. Dan Johnson hit his seventh homer of the season, doubled and singled twice for Oakland, which held an early 3-0 lead.INDIANS 4, ATHLETICS 3
Michaels' 3-run HR lifts Indians by A's (AP):
Oakland Athletics' Dan Johnson doubles off Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 28, 2007, in Cleveland. Johnson went 4 for 4 with a solo home run, but the Athletics came up short, losing to Cleveland 4-3. " align="left" border="0">
Jason Michaels can find a lot of ways to win a ballgame. Playing long ball isn't usually one of them. "I'm not a home run hitter," he said. The Oakland Athletics might beg to differ. Michaels hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians held off the A's 4-3 Thursday. The Indians trailed 3-1 when Michaels hit his sixth home run.
Indians outduel Twins in 12 innings: Ryan Garko drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight game, blooping a soft single that sent the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins in 12 innings Monday night.Travis Hafner, who matched his career high with four hits, started the 12th with a walk against Jesse Crain (0-1). Jason Michaels followed Garko's hit with an RBI double, and Shin-Soo Choo added a two-run single off Joe Nathan with the bases loaded to break it open.
Sizemore powers Indians past White Sox: Grady Sizemore hit a two-run, two-out homer in the seventh inning, and Jason Michaels made a game-ending catch with two on while falling down at the warning track as the Indians beat the White Sox 8-7 on Wednesday.
Indians Beat ChiSox in Football Weather: CHICAGO (AP) -- Grady Sizemore gave the Indians the lead with one swing. And then in conditions better suited for football, fellow outfielder Jason Michaels ran hard and made a tumbling catch on the warning track to save the victory....
Sizemore, Michaels key Tribe's win: Biting winds, subfreezing temperatures and snow flurries. The conditions and the White Sox didn't stop the Cleveland Indians.Grady Sizemore hit a two-run, two-out homer in the seventh inning, and Jason Michaels made a game-ending catch with two on while falling down at the warning track as the Indians won 8-7 on a day more fit for football. Sizemore, who led off Monday's opener with a homer as the Indians routed the White Sox 12-5, connected off Matt Thornton (0-1) to overcome a 7-6 deficit.
Tribe edge ChiSox despite wintry weather (AP): Grady Sizemore gave the Indians the lead with one swing. And then in conditions better suited for football, fellow outfielder Jason Michaels ran hard and made a tumbling catch on the warning track to save the victory. Sizemore, whose two-run homer in the seventh put the Indians ahead, raced over to congratulate the fallen Michaels after his catch Wednesday ended a bone-numbing 8-7 win over the...
Tribe players get chance to help USO: Players Jason Michaels, Ryan Garko, Josh Barfield and hitting coach Derek Shelton paid a visit Wednesday to the Northern Ohio chapter of the USO. They donated 1,000 game-worn hats to local troops in Iraq and helped bundle up some care packages.
Briefs: Cleveland, Michaels finalize deal: Monday's briefs: Jason Michaels' first season in Cleveland's outfield didn't go the way he had hoped. He's getting two more to make up for it.
Michaels, Tribe complete two-year deal: Jason Michaels and the Indians finalized their two-year, $4.25 million deal on Monday. The contract includes a club option for 2009.
Indians and Michaels finalize $4.25 million, 2-year deal: Jason Michaels' first season in Cleveland's outfield didn't go the way he had hoped. He's getting two more to make up for it.
Indians, Michaels finalize two-year deal: Jason Michaels' first season in Cleveland's outfield didn't go the way he had hoped. He's getting two more to make up for it.
Indians outfielder Michaels gets two-year, $4.25M deal: Jason Michaels' first season in Cleveland's outfield didn't go the way he had hoped. He's getting two more to make up for it.
Indians, OF Michaels finalize contract (AP): Jason Michaels' first season in Cleveland's outfield didn't go the way he had hoped. He's getting two more to make up for it. Michaels, who struggled as the Indians' regular in left last season, finalized a $4.25 million, two-year contract on Monday, a deal that includes a $100,000 signing bonus and $2.6 million club option for 2009.
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