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Play by play - USA Today
Out: Felipe Lopez grounded out short to first. None on with one out and Miguel Montero due up. Out: Miguel Montero grounded out second to first. None on with two outs and Justin Upton due up. Out: Justin Upton struck out swinging to end the inning....
Run-support problems resurface for Haren - AZDiamondbacks.com
Arizona broke through in the eighth on Felipe Lopez's RBI double but was held scoreless during the seven innings in which Haren allowed six hits and three runs, striking out five without a walk. That is how you get to place a 3-4 record next to an ERA...
Lopez falls short of cycle - AZDiamondbacks.com
Arizona's pitching staff was knocked around in a 13-5 loss to the Reds, as Felipe Lopez fell a triple short of the cycle, and Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds homered as well. "They took it to us a little bit, took advantage of the opportunities,...
Owings gets third win - Rotoworld.com
Owings had a shutout going when he left the game in the eighth, but was charged with a run when Felipe Lopez doubled off reliever Arthur Rhodes. Owings has now won consecutive starts for the first time since last April....
San Diego 4, Arizona 3 - USA Today
Out: Felipe Lopez grounded out first to pitcher. None on with one out and Augie Ojeda due up. Out: Augie Ojeda grounded out short to first. None on with two outs and Justin Upton due up. Out: Justin Upton struck out swinging to end the inning....
Votto leaves early with dizziness - Cincinnati Reds
In the bottom of the fourth inning after Arizona leadoff hitter Felipe Lopez drew a walk, Votto appeared to be struggling on the field while Miguel Montero was batting. He was walked off the field by manager Dusty Baker and head trainer Mark Mann....
Lopez apologizes to Hinch - AZ Central.com
10, 2009 07:45 PM AJ Hinch considered benching Felipe Lopez on Sunday after the second baseman failed to hustle to first Saturday night on a play Washington's Adam Dunn nearly bungled. Hinch decided not to set an example by further reprimanding Lopez....
Lopez is 'glad' to be with Arizona - Washington Times
By Mark Zuckerman (Contact) | Saturday, May 9, 2009 PHOENIX | Felipe Lopez isn't afraid to say it, no matter how it sounds or who he upsets. The veteran second baseman, dumped by the Nationals last July for his miserable performance on the field and...
Mailbag: Trade Furcal for Jays' Hill? - SportingNews.com
I also own Ryan Theriot and Felipe Lopez. It's a 14-team mixed league that counts the following stats for hitters: runs, home runs, RBIs, steals, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Should I make the deal? A: First off, Jay,...
Nationals Take Two of Three From D-Backs - DC Sports Box
Arizona jumped on Martis and Washington early as Justin Upton grounded in Felipe Lopez – who led off in the first inning and reached third on a Chris Young flyout – to take a 1-0 advantage. Washington would score twice in the second inning as Petit...

Felipe López (baseball)

López with the Nationals in 2008

Felipe López (born May 12, 1980 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican Major League Baseball infielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 1998, López graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida where he set school records by hitting .521 with 15 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 28 runs batted in and 34 stolen bases in his senior year. He was also voted Florida's Player of the Year, was a USA Today All-USA selection, and was rated by Baseball America as the best defensive high school shortstop in the country.

Lopez was a 1st round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays (8th pick overall) in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. López made his major league debut on August 3, 2001, and played second base and shortstop part-time.

On December 1, 2002, the Blue Jays traded the switch-hitting Lopez to the Reds as part of a four team trade with the Oakland A's and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Toronto Blue Jays sent him to the Cincinnati Reds, who sent pitcher Elmer Dessens to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sent first baseman Erubiel Durazo to the Oakland Athletics, who, in turn, sent minor league pitcher Jason Arnold to the Blue Jays. The trade was a disaster for the Jays as Arnold never became a major leaguer and the Jays have been stuck with a hole at shortstop since the trade utilizing Russ Adams, John McDonald, Chris Woodward, Royce Clayton, David Eckstein, and Marco Scutaro.

After backing up Barry Larkin during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, López earned the starting job in 2005. López's first season as the Reds' regular shortstop was his breakthrough. He clubbed 23 home runs and stole 15 bases while compiling a .291 batting average with a .352 on-base percentage. This earned him the honor of being selected to the 2005 National League All-Star team.

López was traded by the Reds on July 13, 2006, to the Washington Nationals along with Austin Kearns and Ryan Wagner for Gary Majewski, Bill Bray, Royce Clayton, Brendan Harris, and Daryl Thompson, a minor league prospect. In 2006, he tied for the major league lead in errors at shortstop, with 28, and had the lowest fielding percentage (.954).

When first traded to the Nationals, López's original jersey number was 7, however when Damian Jackson was traded, he turned in his number 7 for Jackson's previous jersey number 2.

In 2007, he had the lowest fielding percentage of all NL shortstops, .957, and often found himself switching between the position of shortstop and second base. This switch was due to the recovery of the Nationals original shortstop, Christian Guzman, who had injured himself in 2005, though he later gave the position back to Lopez after sustaining yet another injury during the 2007 season.

On April 24, 2008, López hit a grand slam to give Washington a 7-3 lead in route to a 10-5 victory over the Mets. On July 31, 2008, López was released by the Nationals.

López was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals on August 5, 2008. He debuted August 6 when the Cardinals played the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played left field and recorded a single in his first at bat, finishing the game 1 for 3. Lopez closed out the season batting .385 with the Cardinals and brought his season average up to .283. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

On December 12, 2008, López signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lopez hit two home runs in his first two at bats in his first game with the Diamondbacks, which is the first time that has happened since Richie Sexson in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners. Lopez and teamate Tony Clark were also the first players to hit a home run from both sides of home plate on Opening Day in a 9-8 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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Felipe López (basketball)

Luis Felipe López (born December 19, 1974 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican professional basketball player.

He starred in United States high school and university basketball. López then played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), but with far less success. He has since played for teams in a half dozen countries, as well as in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in the U.S. He currently plays for the Gaiteros del Zulia in Venezuela.

Felipe's father, who played amateur baseball in the Dominican Republic, and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12. López played high school basketball at famed Rice High School in New York City, where he would follow New York high school players Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) and Kenny Anderson in becoming one of the most highly touted recruits in U.S. high school history. The 6'5" guard made many All-American lists in 1994, earning Player of the Year honors from Gatorade, USA Today, Parade, and many others. He was also named a McDonald's All-American and took MVP honors at the 1994 McDonald's All-American Game, scoring 24 points amongst a group that included future collegiate standouts and NBA pros Antoine Walker, Raef LaFrentz, Trajan Langdon, and others. Coincidentally, the game was played at legendary Alumni Hall, on the campus of St. John's University, where López would commit to play his college ball (over Seton Hall University and Georgia Tech) for then-coach Brian Mahoney.

Unrealistic expectations hounded López from the start, beginning with an appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated before he even played one college game. He also appeared along with Jim Brown and Jackie Joyner-Kersee at a conference along with then-President Bill Clinton.

Though he never quite lived up to the massive hype and through-the-roof expectations heaped upon him by the fans and media, López still finished his freshman season for the newly named St. John's Red Storm by averaging 17.8 points per game, earning a spot on the All-Big East Rookie Team and All-Big East Third Team in the process. And, though his numbers dipped slightly the next two years, bottoming out at 15.9 ppg as a junior, he finished strong as a senior, averaging 17.6 ppg and garnering All-Big East First Team honors. He finished his career with 1,927 points, placing him third all-time in St. John's history behind former Johnnies' greats Chris Mullin and Malik Sealy and sixth in Big East history with 1,222 conference points, while also ranking seventh all time in steals, 14th in assists, and 20th in rebounds. He also holds the St. John's record for most three-pointers made in a single season (60) and in a career (148).

Lopez was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 24th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was immediately traded along with Carl Herrera, to the Vancouver Grizzlies for point guard Antonio Daniels. He played 112 games for the Grizzlies before being traded to the Washington Wizards along with Dennis Scott, Cherokee Parks, and Obinna Ekezie in exchange for free agent Isaac Austin on August 22, 2000. Lopez went on to sign as a free agent with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks, although he never played a regular season game for the Mavs. He trained with the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers in the first months of the 2005-06 NBA season before signing a contract with Lleida.

He holds career NBA averages of 5.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and one assist per game.

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Felipe López (archer)

Felipe López Garrido (born March 10, 1977 in Seville) is an athlete from Spain, who competes in archery. López competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's individual archery. He was defeated in the first round of elimination, placing 46th overall.

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John Smoltz

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John Andrew Smoltz (born May 15, 1967 in Warren, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He is best known for his prolific career of more than two decades with the Atlanta Braves, in which he garnered eight All-Star selections and received the Cy Young Award in 1996. Though predominantly known as a starting pitcher, Smoltz was converted to a reliever in 2001, following his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and spent four years as the team's closer before returning to a starting role. In 2002 he became only the second pitcher in history to have had both a 20-win season and a 50-save season (the other being Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley). He is the only pitcher in major league history to top both 200 wins and 150 saves. He became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club on April 22, 2008 when he fanned Felipe Lopez of the Washington Nationals in the third inning in Atlanta.

Smoltz throws a four-seam fastball that has been clocked as high as 98 miles per hour, a strong, effective slider, and an 88–91 mph split-finger fastball that he uses as a strikeout pitch. He also mixes in a curveball and change-up on occasion, and in 1999, he began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a three-quarters delivery, though he rarely uses either in game situations today.

John Smoltz was an All-State baseball and basketball player at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan before the Detroit Tigers drafted him in the 22nd round of the 1985 amateur draft. He was the 574th selection of the draft.

Smoltz played first for the Lakeland Flying Tigers minor league team and then moved on to the Glens Falls Tigers in 1987. On August 12, 1987, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves. The 1987 Tigers were in a three-team race, chasing the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East division lead. In need of pitching help, Detroit sent their 20-year-old prospect to the Braves for the 36-year-old veteran Doyle Alexander.

Smoltz made his Major League debut on July 23, 1988. He posted poor statistics in a dozen starts, but in 1989, Smoltz blossomed. In 29 starts, he recorded a 12–11 record and 2.94 ERA while pitching 208 innings and making the All-Star team. Teammate Tom Glavine also had his first good year in 1989, raising optimism about the future of Atlanta's pitching staff.

Smoltz began the 1991 season with a 2–11 record. He began seeing a sports psychologist, after which he closed out the season on a 12–2 pace, helping the Braves win a tight NL West race. His winning ways continued into the 1991 National League Championship Series. Smoltz won both his starts against the Pittsburgh Pirates, capped by a complete game shutout in the seventh game, propelling the Braves to their first World Series since moving to Atlanta in 1966. Smoltz had two no-decisions against the Minnesota Twins, with a 1.26 ERA. In the seventh and deciding game, he faced his former Detroit Tiger hero, Jack Morris. Both starters pitched shutout ball for seven innings, before Smoltz was removed from the 0–0 game in the eighth. Morris had eventually pitched a 10-inning complete game victory.

The next year, Smoltz won fifteen regular season games and was the MVP of the 1992 National League Championship Series, winning two games. He left the seventh game trailing, but ended up with a no-decision as the Braves mounted a dramatic ninth-inning comeback win. In the World Series that year, Smoltz started two of the six games in the series, with a no-decision in Game Two and a win with the Braves facing elimination in Game 5.

Before the 1993 season, the Braves signed renowned control pitcher Greg Maddux, completing what many consider to be the most accomplished starting trio ever assembled on a single Major League team. Smoltz again won fifteen games, but suffered his first postseason loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS despite a 0.00 ERA.

Smoltz had a 6-10 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season, and during the break, had bone chips removed from his elbow. Returning as the Braves' #3 starter, he posted a 12–7 record in 1995. Smoltz had shaky postseason numbers, avoiding a decision despite a 6.60 ERA. But Smoltz and the Braves won their only World Series, thanks in great part to Maddux and Glavine, who had begun to overshadow Smoltz.

The following season, 1996, was Smoltz's best year as a professional. He went 24–8 with a 2.94 ERA and 276 strikeouts, including winning a franchise record fourteen straight decisions. He won the National League Cy Young with 26 of the 28 first-place votes. Smoltz's effectiveness in 1997 was only slightly less than his Cy Young season, but frugal run support limited him to a 15–12 record. Smoltz was also awarded a Silver Slugger Award for his batting.

Smoltz continued to post excellent statistics in 1998 and 1999, but he was spending significant time on the disabled list and missed about a fourth of his starts. In 1999, Smoltz began experimenting with both a knuckleball and a three-quarters delivery, though he rarely uses either in game situations today.

He underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2000 season, missing the entire year. When he was unable to perform effectively as a starter in 2001, Smoltz made a transition to the bullpen, filling a void as Atlanta's closer down the stretch.

In 2002, his first full season as a closer, Smoltz broke the National League saves record with 55 saves (the previous record was 53; Éric Gagné would equal Smoltz's new record a year later). Smoltz finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. Injuries limited Smoltz slightly in 2003, but he still recorded 45 saves with a 1.12 ERA in 64.3 innings pitched. In 2004, Smoltz finished with 44 saves, but was frustrated with his inability to make an impact as a closer during another Braves' postseason loss.

By this point, Smoltz was all that remained of the once-dominant Atlanta Braves' rotation of the 1990s. Tom Glavine had moved on to play for the New York Mets, a divisional rival, while Greg Maddux returned to his old team, the Chicago Cubs.

After three years as one of baseball's most dominating closers, the team's management agreed to return Smoltz to the starting rotation prior to the 2005 season.

Smoltz's renewed career as a starter began inauspiciously. He allowed six earned runs in only 1 2/3 innings — matching the shortest starts of his career--as the Braves were blown out on Opening Day by the Florida Marlins. Poor run support contributed to an 0–3 start despite stronger pitching performances by Smoltz. After these initial difficulties, though, things fell into place. At the All-Star break, Smoltz was 9–5 with an ERA of 2.68 and was chosen for the 2005 NL All-Star team. Smoltz gave up a solo home run to Miguel Tejada in the second inning of the American League's 7–5 victory and received the loss. For his career, he is 1–2 in All-Star games, putting him in a tie for the most losses.

Smoltz finished 2005 at 14–7, with a 3.06 ERA with 169 strikeouts while allowing less than one hit per inning. Smoltz had answered the critics who doubted would be able to reach the 200 inning plateau after three years in the bullpen. Nonetheless, Smoltz's increased workload caused him to wear down towards the end of the season.

Despite a sore shoulder, Smoltz pitched seven innings in the Braves' 7–1 win over the Houston Astros in Game Two of the 2005 NLDS. It was the only game the Braves would manage to win in the series against the eventual National League champions. The victory over Houston gave Smoltz a 13–4 record as a starter (15–4 overall) with a 2.65 ERA in the postseason. He currently has more career postseason wins than any other player in history. He is followed by Andy Pettitte (14), Tom Glavine (14), and Greg Maddux (11).

In 2006, Smoltz finished the season with a record of 16–9, an earned run average of 3.49, and 211 strikeouts. He was tied for the National League lead in wins, and was third in strikeouts. The fact that the Braves bullpen blew six of Smoltz's leads in 2006 robbed him of a strong chance at a 20-win season.

On September 21, 2006, the Braves announced they had picked up Smoltz's $8 million contract option for the 2007 season. On April 26, 2007 Smoltz agreed to a contract extension with the Braves. The extension includes a $14 million salary for the 2008 season, a $12 million vesting option for 2009 dependent on Smoltz's ability to pitch 200 innings in 2008, and a $12 or $13 million team option for 2010 dependent on Smoltz's ability to pitch 200 innings in 2009.

2007 was a year of reunions and milestones for Smoltz. On May 9, he faced Greg Maddux for the first time since July 10, 1992. Smoltz earned a win in a 3–2 victory over the San Diego Padres; Maddux received a no-decision. On May 24, exactly eleven years to the day after recording his 100th win, Smoltz recorded his 200th win against Tom Glavine. He faced Glavine 3 other times faring 3–1 overall against him. On June 27, Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux all recorded wins on the same day. On August 19, 2007, Smoltz set the new Atlanta Braves strikeout record by striking out Arizona Diamondbacks' Mark Reynolds. It was his 2,913th strikeout and he passed Phil Niekro on the Braves all-time list; striking out a season-high 12 in the game. He finished the year 14–8 with a 3.11 ERA and 197 strikeouts. The stalwart pitcher was the only holdover on the Braves' roster from their 1991 worst-to-first season until Glavine returned to the Braves after an absence of several years following the 2007 season.

On April 22, 2008, Smoltz became the 16th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. He is one of four pitchers to strike out 3,000 batters for one team, joining Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.

On April 28, 2008, Smoltz was placed on the 15 day disabled list due to an inflamed right shoulder.

On May 1, 2008, Smoltz indicated that he intended to return to being a relief pitcher. After coming off the disabled list on June 2, 2008, he blew his first save opportunity in three years. Two days later, the Braves placed him back on the disabled list. John Smoltz underwent season-ending shoulder surgery on June 10, 2008. His contract expired at the end of the season, and the contract offer from the Braves was not sufficient to keep him.

In December of 2008, several members of the Boston Red Sox organization including pitching coach John Farrell, Vice President of Player Personnel Ben Cherington, and assistant trainter Mike Reinold, flew to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in a 90-minute workout with Smoltz. Throwing for only the second time since having surgery on a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, Smoltz threw a 50-pitch side session and showcased not only his tremendous progress since the surgery, but an arsenal of well-developed pitches which has made him so successful throughout his career. Smoltz impressed the Red Sox members enough during the workout that less than a month later, a one-year contract was offered by the organization.

On January 13, 2009, Smoltz signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox for a reported base salary of $5.5 million with roster time incentives and miscellaneous award incentives which could net as much as $10 million. He is expected to be pitching in the Boston Red Sox rotation roughly around June 1, 2009, joining a vaunted Red Sox rotation.

Smoltz met his wife Dyan at the Omni Hotel in downtown Atlanta; the couple had four children before divorcing in 2007 after 16 years of marriage. Smoltz lives in Atlanta and also has a home at Sea Island, Georgia, a golf resort.

Smoltz is a born-again Christian and is Chairman of the Board at Alpharetta-based King's Ridge Christian School, and a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. He has also been involved in the development of a new Christian school in the metropolitan Atlanta region.

Smoltz is a good friend of professional golfer Tiger Woods. The two often golf together. Woods has stated that Smoltz is the best golfer outside of the PGA Tour that he has observed.

John made his debut as a baseball commentator on August 16, 2008. He was the color-commentator along side Joe Simpson.

Smoltz produced an automated campaign phone recording on behalf of the candidacy of Ralph E. Reed, Jr. for Lt. Governor of Georgia during the 2006 primary.

Smoltz and his good friend Jeff Foxworthy teamed up for the charity event "An Evening With Smoltz and Friends" on November 9, 2008 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Alpharetta, GA to raise money for the John Smoltz Foundation, which has supported numerous charitable endeavors in the Atlanta area over the past decade.

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Ryan Wagner

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Ryan Scott Wagner (born July 15, 1982 in Yoakum, Texas) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals.

Prior to playing in the major league, Wagner played college baseball with the Houston Cougars. He was selected in the first round (14th overall) by the Reds in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.

He made his debut as a major leaguer in 2003 with the Cincinnati Reds, appearing in 108 games over the next 2+ seasons. In 2006, Wagner was back in the minors when the Reds included him in an 8-player trade that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe López to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Gary Majewski, Royce Clayton, Bill Bray, Brendan Harris, and Daryl Thompson.

Wagner along with Pete Orr and Chad Cordero rejected their assignments to Triple-A becoming free agents on October 30, 2008. Shortly thereafter, Wagner re-signed with Washington.

He is married and has two children.

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Gord Ash

Gordon Ian Ash (born December 20, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario) is vice president and assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Brewers. He was the general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1995 to 2001.

Ash received a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in 1974. After graduating, he started at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce working in a branch. In 1978, he joined the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club in the ticket department. He quickly became Operations Supervisor in 1979, Assistant Director of Stadium Operations in 1980, Administrator of Player Personnel in 1984, and Assistant General Manager in 1989.

From 1995 to 2001, he was the general manager. During his time he made many noteworthy draft picks such as Roy Halladay, Craig Wilson, and Ryan Freel in 1995, Billy Koch in 1996, Vernon Wells, Michael Young, and Orlando Hudson in 1997, Felipe López in 1998, and Alex Ríos in 1999. A number of these prospects, most notably Michael Young, ended up being traded away before they fully developed. During his tenure, Toronto would finish no higher then 3rd in the AL East and the Blue Jays ended up with a record of 541-575 over that span. After being replaced by J.P. Ricciardi, in 2001, he became a Baseball Analyst for TSN before he was appointed assistant general manager for the Milwaukee Brewers.

With Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and pitcher Ben Sheets, Ash is an investor in the Milwaukee Admirals minor league hockey team.

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