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Dontrelle Willis signs contract with Cubs

Dontrelle Willis signs contract with Cubs

CHICAGO, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Veteran left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis has signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced.

MLB: Milwaukee 8, Cincinnati 1

CINCINNATI, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Carlos Gomez and Prince Fielder ignited Milwaukee with two-run homers in the first inning Sunday and the Brewers went on to pound Cincinnati 8-1.

MLB: San Diego 7, Cincinnati 3

CINCINNATI, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- James Darnell knocked in a pair of runs and Orlando Hudson cracked an RBI triple Sunday, boosting the San Diego Padres to a 7-3 spanking of Cincinnati.

MLB: Colorado 3, Cincinnati 2

CINCINNATI, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Troy Tulowitzki bashed a two-run homer and Dexter Fowler added two hits Tuesday in the Colorado Rockies' 3-2 decision over Cincinnati.

MLB: Arizona 4, Colorado 3

PHOENIX, June 6 (UPI) -- Dontrelle Willis tossed six shutout innings in his Arizona debut Saturday, helping the Diamondbacks to a 4-3 decision over Colorado.

Tigers trade P Willis to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, June 1 (UPI) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired veteran left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis and cash from the Detroit Tigers, the teams said Tuesday.

MLB: Detroit 10, Oakland 4

DETROIT, May 30 (UPI) -- Max Scherzer threw 5 2/3 shutout innings and Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with four RBI Sunday in the Detroit Tigers' 10-4 win over Oakland.

MLB: LA Dodgers 4, Detroit 1

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- Chad Billingsley allowed four hits over seven innings Friday and the Los Angeles Dodgers stayed hot with a 4-1 victory over Detroit.

MLB: Detroit 3, Minnesota 0

DETROIT, April 29 (UPI) -- Dontrelle Willis and two relievers combined for a 4-hit shutout Thursday in the Detroit Tigers' 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 2, Detroit 0

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- Joel Pineiro shut out Detroit over 7 1/3 innings Monday and the Los Angeles Angels won their fourth straight with a 2-0 victory over the Tigers.

MLB: Detroit 7, Kansas City 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 8 (UPI) -- Miguel Cabrera's three-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday sent the Detroit Tigers to a 7-3 victory over Kansas City.
Florida's Coghlan voted top NL rookie

Florida's Coghlan voted top NL rookie

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Florida outfielder Chris Coghlan, who hit .321 last season, was voted the National League Rookie of the Year.

MLB: Boston 6, Detroit 3

DETROIT, June 4 (UPI) -- Jason Bay hit a two-run double in a six-run third inning Thursday, leading Boston to a 6-3 win over Detroit.

MLB: Detroit 4, Texas 0

DETROIT, May 19 (UPI) -- Dontrelle Willis pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings Tuesday and Detroit ended Texas' seven-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory.

Tigers put Zumaya, Willis on disabled list

DETROIT, March 29 (UPI) -- Detroit Tigers said Sunday pitchers Dontrelle Willis and Joel Zumaya will start the 2009 season on the team's disabled list.
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Dontrelle Wayne Willis (born January 12, 1982), nicknamed "The D-Train", is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. Willis is notable for his success during his first few years in the league and for his unconventional pitching style, which includes a high leg kick and exaggerated twisting away from the batter. Willis was named the 2003 N.L Rookie of the Year.

Willis is also known as one of the best hitting pitchers in Major League Baseball. In his career, he has hit 9 home runs and driven in 37 RBIs.

Growing up in Oakland, Willis rooted for the Oakland A's as a kid. His mother Joyce, was a soft ball catcher for her high school team. Willis' favorite player was former Oakland A's pitcher, Dave Stewart. Willis attended Encinal High School in Alameda, California, where he played baseball for four years. He is the son of Clinton Ostah, a former minor league player in the 1970s. In Willis' senior year, he went 12-1 with a 0.83 ERA in 70 innings. Scouts never doubt his talents but rather his crazy motion. One scout even called him a "Poor man's C.C Sabathia." He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 8th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2001, Willis was bumped up to the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League. He finished with 8 wins and a 2.98 earned run average. Opposing hitters only batted .217 against Willis. In a Baseball America poll, several NWL managers called Willis the Boise's best player.

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