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Prince Fielder won the 2012 All-Star Home Run Derby by blasting 12 bombs in the final round. He almost did not make it past the first round, hitting only five. But he erupted for 11 in Round 2 and another 12 in the last round, defeating Jose Bautista.
Mark Trumbo and Carlos Beltran rounded out the foursome in the second round, with Fielder and Bautista moving on to the finals.
Fielder landed eight shots into the fountains of Kauffman Stadium and also launched two 476-foot homers, the longest of the night. His final round 12 home runs tied a record set last year by Robinson Cano.
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New York Yankees left-fielder Andruw Jones’s leaping catch at the base of the Green Monster in Fenway Park was just the start of a double play. Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz ran hard from first base on contact, convinced that Adrian Gonzalez’s fly ball to left field was going to fall in for a hit.
But Jones leaped, caught the ball and fired to second baseman Robinson Cano, who then relayed the ball to first baseman Mark Texeira ahead of the hard-sliding Ortiz.
Such was a stellar day for the part-time player who complemented his defensive gem with two solo home runs to help the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 6-1. Both homers were part of back-to-back shots.
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Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout stole a homer from Baltimore Orioles’s J.J. Hardy with an outstretched leap right at the wall.
Given the lead in the top of the first inning by Trout’s homerun, Jered Weaver’s 1-1 pitch was hit solidly to straightaway center field. Trout ran straight back, tracking the ball all the way. He timed his leap perfectly and grabbed the ball in the webbing of his glove, hanging on as he crashed into the fence.
The Orioles would score a run in the bottom of the first inning anyways, but that would be the last, as they were clobbered 13-1. Trout went 4-for-6 in the leadoff spot including 3 runs scored.
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Aroldis Chapman, closer for the Cincinnati Reds, was head over heels after striking out Martin Maldonado of the Milwaukee Brewers for the final out of the ninth inning to preserve a 4-3 victory. After his one-ball two-strike 99-mph pitch zipped past Maldonado’s swinging bat, Chapman walked off the mound and proceeded to do two forward rolls.
He then greeted his catcher, Ryan Hanigan, as if nothing was out of the ordinary, leaving the announcers amused and speculating on his motive. One possibility is that the Reds had lost six consecutive one-run games prior to this victory.
Manager Dusty Baker did not know how to account for the odd behavior when asked by reporters.
The Oakland Athletics were down to their last out and their last pitch. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth with men on first and second, the fate of the game rested on rookie catcher Derek Norris, who worked the count to 3-2.
San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla threw the payoff pitch and Norris knocked it over the left field wall for a walk-off three-run homer that gave his team a 4-2 victory. It also prevented a sweep by the Giants.
It was inexperience versus incompetence. With only 11 Major League at-bats, Norris was a sure out. Except, Casilla had been atrocious the past two games.
In the first game of the interleague series, he gave up a solo home run, but still earned the save. In the second game, he allowed a walk, two hits and an earned run without registering an out. His fellow relievers bailed him out to preserve the win.
This time, his ineffectiveness cost him.
On the other side, Norris was being interviewed when he was plastered with a shaving-cream pie and double-doused with water and Gatorade. Though the shaving cream stung his eyes, he said without hesitation, “It burned a little bit, but I’ve never had this feeling before so I will take it right now.”
The effects of the Miami Heat’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA finals was felt in Cleveland, OH, the former home of Lebron James. James left the team in 2010 in rather overblown fashion, prompting an angry response by the Cleveland Cavalier’s owner, Dan Gilbert.
In that communication, he labeled James a coward and a terrible role model for children, predicting that Miami would be cursed by the defection.
Here, WEWS-TV meteorologist Mark Johnson’s mind has gone cloudy with the results of the NBA finals clearer in his head rather than the weather forecast. Johnson represented the sentiments of many Clevelanders in their dislike for Lebron James.
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#5 – The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh blocks Kendrick Perkins from dunking the ball. As Perkins goes up, Bosh comes from behind to knock the ball away and then recover the ball himself.
#4 – The Miami Heat’s Lebron James grabs two offensive rebounds after teammate Dwyane Wade’s shot bounces off the rim. James grabs the rebound, takes the shot, which bounces right back to him and he takes it again, this time sinking the basket.
#3 – Mike Miller hit an astounding 7 of 8 triple-pointers for the Heat. Adding a basket, he tied teammate Chris Bosh for the team’s second-highest scorer at 23 points, with Dwyane Wade scoring 20.
#2 – The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant makes a monster slam dunk that was clearly unstoppable. It was a thing of beauty.
#1 – The Heat’s Mario Chalmer’s alley-oop to Dwyane Wade. Tough Miami defense forced a turnover in which Chalmers takes the ball down the court while Wade runs down the other side. Chalmers lobs the ball to an airborne Wade, who both catches and banks the ball off the backboard into the basket with his right hand as he sailed past. A thing of extraordinary beauty.
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Six months ago, December 21, 2011 to be exact, the NBA had yet to play a single game of the 2011-12 season. Crippled by a lockout since July 1, 2011, the two sides finally reached an agreement on November 26, 2011, with a start date of December 25. Each team played 66 games instead of the usual 82.
The season has now ended with the Miami Heat defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106, four games to one, in front of the home crowd. The victory ended a year full of sniping at Lebron James, whose toughness in the 2011 NBA finals was questioned when the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks. It also ended James’s career-long quest for the championship, having been disappointed several times before.
Lebron James had a triple-double of 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. His teammates rose alongside of him as Chris Bosh scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 20 points and Mike Miller scored 23 points with all but two coming from three-pointers.
Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32 points and 11 assists, Russell Westbrook and James Harden scored 19 apiece. Derek Fisher added 11 points.
The Heat dominated the scoring in the first three quarters as the Thunder’s strategy of guarding James backfired when he kept passing to wide-open 3-point shooters. This was the only blowout game of the series, and with the Heat leading quarter after quarter, it became obvious that there would be no more playoff games in Oklahoma City this season.
Suffering no ill effects from his Game 4 cramps, James stayed focused, shrugging off two consecutive fouls against him as if they were gnats not worthy of attention. He joined teammates Wade and Bosh on the bench for the last 3:01 of the game, exulting at their impending celebration. But yet, James and Kevin Durant shared a long post-game hug as the confetti rained down upon them.
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RA Dickey’s 113th pitch of the game flew past Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles for a called third strike, giving him his second consecutive one-hitter, as the New York Mets defeated the Orioles 5-0. This feat was not done in the National League since Jim Tobin did it in 1944. Dave Stieb was the last pitcher to do so for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dickey’s knuckleballs confounded the Orioles all day, as he struck out 13, a career-high. He even helped out his team’s offense by singling to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Five batters later, Ike Davis hit a grand slam to score the only runs Dickey would need.
The one-hitter helped the Mets forget the sting of being swept by the Cincinnati Reds the previous three games at home.