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Andrew McCutchen Torches Phillies for Inside-the-Park Home Run 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 11, 2014, 10:40 AM

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It's the top of the 5th last night and the Pirates are down 3-2 to the Phillies. Star centerfielder and reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen steps up to the plate. On the first pitch he sees blasts a shot to deep center, and with a lucky bounce (and some bad positioning from the Philadelphia outfield), Cutch turned on the jets and extended a sure-fire triple into his first career inside-the-park homerun. And it's probably the best inside-the-park homer you'll ever see.
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SI Kids Sits Down with Yankees Legend Mariano Rivera 0

  • Posted by: Amiri Tulloch
  • September 10, 2014, 3:46 PM

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When pitcher Mariano Rivera retired after the 2013 season, he played 19 years in the majors and left the game with 652 saves — the most all time. Mo is a modern legend, and a lock for the Hall of Fame. But there’s more to his story than baseball. Rivera, the son of a fisherman, grew up in Panama, and when he tried out for the Yankees he did with mismatched clothes and a hole in his shoe. If baseball didn’t work out, he wanted to be a mechanic. Rivera documents the life he had as a youth — as well as his experiences as a pitcher — in his book The Closer. And now there’s a Young Readers Edition just for kids.

Rivera stopped by the SI Kids offices last week to talk with Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch about the YA version of The Closer, his life in and out of baseball, and what he misses about the game. Watch the full interview below:
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Yankees, Fans, and Friends Celebrate Derek Jeter 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 8, 2014, 10:18 AM

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Heading into yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees were 8.5 games behind the red hot Baltimore Orioles in the AL East and 4.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. With only 22 games left on the schedule, the Yankees’ hopes for the playoffs were dim. And that means Derek Jeter’s final season is getting closer to its end.

So the Yankees took time before Sunday’s matchup to honor the Captain. Special flags bearing Jeter’s number 2 flew over Yankee Stadium. Players wore special patches on their jerseys and hats. The bases were branded with the same logo. And a bunch of faces from baseball’s recent past — Hall of Famers like Cal Ripken Jr. and Joe Morgan and former teammates Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada and Paul O’Neil  — joined Jeter on the field. Oh, and Michael Jordan was there, too.
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Mo’ne Davis Throws Out First Pitch at Dodger Stadium 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 3, 2014, 4:17 PM

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The Mo’ne Davis Show continued last night in Los Angeles. She tossed out the first pitch before the Dodgers hosted the Washington Nationals (a 4-1 Dodgers win, by the way), and she did a pretty great job:
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Four Phillies Pitch In on No-Hitter 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • September 2, 2014, 10:27 AM

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The 2014 baseball season has seen a few no-hitters, and they’ve all been big-time individual accomplishments. But against the Atlanta Braves yesterday, not one, not two, but four (!!) Philadelphia Phillies pitchers combined for one of the weirdest no-nos of this or any season.

Starter Cole Hamels got the game going, pitching six strong innings before getting pulled when his pitch count reached 108. “He was pretty well spent there,” manager Ryne Sandberg said. Jake Diekman took over, followed by Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon, who closed out the game. It was the 11th combined no-hitter in MLB history and the first in Phillies history.
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Giants Pitcher Yusmeiro Petit Sets MLB Record By Retiring 46 Straight Batters 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 28, 2014, 6:35 PM

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Here’s a piece of trivia you can use to impress your friends: Giants pitcher Yusmeiro Petit has gotten more batters out in a row than anyone in Major League Baseball history. The new record: 46.
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Jackie Robinson West Honored with Parade 0

  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • August 28, 2014, 11:52 AM

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Jackie Robinson West Little League came within one game of winning the 2014 Little League World Series. But the kids made it to the championship game because they were the United States World Series champs. That’s a huge accomplishment on its own, and yesterday their hometown of Chicago celebrated the team with an epic parade.
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