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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 30, 2010

Morales carried off after walkoff

 •  Perfection for Phillies' Halladay

Associated Press

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The Angels' Kendry Morales, upper right, broke his left leg leaping on home plate after his walk-off grand slam.

MARK TERRILL | Associated Press

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ANAHEIM, Calif. Kendry Morales took a leap toward home plate and all of a sudden, a jubilant trip around the bases turned into a deflating trip to the disabled list.

Morales broke his left leg after hitting a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning of the Los Angeles Angels' 5-1 victory against Seattle yesterday.

Morales landed awkwardly when he jumped on home plate and twisted his left ankle. He had to be carted off the field and taken to the hospital. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"It'll change the way we celebrate," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before the extent of Morales' injury was known. "It sure was exciting, but you always wonder if it's an accident waiting to happen. This is definitely unfortunate. We've just got to wait and see what we're dealing with. We'll know more information as the night moves on."

"It's definitely not the mood we would expect in the clubhouse after a win, but when something like that happens, it's definitely disturbing," he said. "These guys all feel bad about what happened, but you've got to pick up the pieces and get ready to play tomorrow. It's a lesson for all of us."

A smiling Morales threw down his helmet a few steps from the plate, took a hop and then jumped toward the plate as teammates began to pat him on the head. Morales quickly went down and grimaced as he rolled onto his back. He lay on the ground for at least 10 minutes and waved his arms to the cheering fans as he was driven away.

"Anytime you have a walk-off hit, everybody celebrates at home plate," said starting pitcher Jered Weaver, who was icing his arm while watching the situation unfold on television. "It was just a fluke thing. You never want to see anything like that happen to a guy like that who's having a great start to the season or anybody for that matter. Hopefully it's not as serious as we think, but we're going to have to deal with it."


NEW YORK Pitcher David Huff was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rodriguez and was recovering in a hospital when Cleveland rallied from a 10-4 deficit with seven-run seventh to beat New York.

Huff was hit in the third inning and taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where a CT scan was negative.


BOSTON Clay Buchholz (7-3) allowed four hits three singles over seven innings to outduel Zack Greinke (1-6), who spaced five hits over six innings and allowed Mike Lowell's RBI ground out in the second as Boston beat Kansas City.

The Red Sox had lost the first two of a four-game series after sweeping Tampa Bay earlier in the week.


Delmon Young hit a two-run double and J.J. Hardy followed with a two-run single in a six-run seventh inning to help Minnesota defeat Texas.

Orlando Hudson had a homer, a double and three RBIs. Carl Pavano (5-5) allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings for Minnesota. C.J. Wilson (3-3) allowed only one hit in the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.


DETROIT Brett Anderson (2-1), who last pitched April 25 because of elbow and forearm injuries, allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter in 5 2/3 innings, and Mark Ellis drove in four runs to lead Oakland past Detroit.

After the game, the Tiger designated lefthander Dontrelle Willis for assignment to make room for pitcher Max Scherzer, who is returning from Triple-A Toledo to start today's game against Oakland.


BALTIMORE Lyle Overbay hit two of Toronto's four home runs, Vernon Wells connected for a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning and Brett Cecil pitched the Blue Jays past Baltimore.

Wells broke a 2-all tie with a one-out drive off Jason Berken (0-1). Cecil (5-2) won his third straight start by working eight innings, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Struggling slugger Carlos Pena hit a three-run double during a four-run fourth inning off John Danks (4-4) for a 6-2 lead, Wade Davis allowed three runs while pitching into the seventh inning to lift Tampa Bay over Chicago.

Davis (5-4) scattered six hits. The right-hander was coming off a loss to Boston last Monday in which he allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.



CHICAGO Carlos Silva improved to 7-0, allowing two hits while striking out a career-high 11 during seven dominant innings to lead host Chicago over St. Louis.

Silva became the first Cubs starter to begin a season 7-0 since Ken Holtzman went 9-0 in 1967. Three relievers finished off the combined four-hitter.


ATLANTA Jason Heyward homered, Martin Prado drove in three runs, including a sacrifice fly in the sixth to break a 3-all tie, helping Atlanta beat Pittsburgh to win for the ninth time in 11 games.

The Braves, who overcame a two-run triple by Pirates pitcher Brian Burres, are 18-8 in May. The Pirates have lost four straight and eight of 10.


MILWAUKEE Corey Hart hit a grand slam and a two-run homer in his first two times up to carry Milwaukee over New York.

Hart's homers in the first and third gave him 12 for the season, tying his total from last year. George Kottaras also went deep for the Brewers, who have won four of their last five at home after a 4-14 start at Miller Park.


SAN DIEGO Nick Hundley hit a three-run home run in the first inning and Mat Latos (5-3) gave up two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts over six innings as San Diego beat Washington.

Hundley accounted for all four Padres runs. He tripled leading off the fourth and scored on Chris Denorfia's groundout.


DENVER Aaron Cook (2-3) allowed three runs one earned on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, Carlos Gonzalez homered and added a run-saving defensive gem in center field as Colorado pounded Los Angeles.

Seth Smith and Miguel Olivo each had three hits with two RBI apiece to help the Rockies reverse a losing trend against Los Angeles, which had won six of its previous seven games in Colorado,


SAN FRANCISCO Buster Posey, called up Friday from Triple-A Fresno, had three hits and three RBIs, and Juan Uribe homered and drove in two runs, and Eli Whiteside also hit a home run and drove in two to power San Francisco past Arizona, which has lost six in a row.

Jonathan Sanchez (3-4) ended a five-game winless streak, allowing a run on two hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out seven.


CINCINNATI Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez each hit two home runs to propel streaking Cincinnati to a rout of Houston.

Miguel Cairo and Drew Stubbs also homered as the Reds powered their way to their fourth consecutive win and fifth in six games, taking a two-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central. The Reds have hit at least one home run in 18 consecutive games.

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