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Marlins defeat Dodgers 13-3

The Marlins avoided a three-game road sweep by blasting the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-3.

Rounding Third: Some random MLB thoughts

Is there such a thing as the dog days of May?
Rounding Third: Braves' loss is Santana's gain

Rounding Third: Braves' loss is Santana's gain

The good news for the Atlanta Braves was that a starting pitcher the caliber of Ervin Santana was still on the market this late into spring training.
Braves' Medlen diagnosed with ligament injury in pitching elbow

Braves' Medlen diagnosed with ligament injury in pitching elbow

Atlanta Braves right-hander Kris Medlen has been diagnosed with an injured ligament in his pitching elbow.

Frank Jobe, pioneer of Tommy John surgery, dies at 88

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 7 (UPI) -- Dr. Frank Jobe, former Los Angeles Dodger orthopedist and pioneer of Tommy John surgery, passed away Santa Monica, Calif., at the age of 88, officials said.
Rounding Third: Syndergaard giving the Mets something to believe in

Rounding Third: Syndergaard giving the Mets something to believe in

There is a sign inside the main offices of the Sports Network that reads, "We didn't expect to be this good this fast".
Ex-managers Cox, La Russa, Torre elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Ex-managers Cox, La Russa, Torre elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Former managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame Monday in a unanimous vote by the Expansion Era Committee.

Managers Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox on Hall of Fame ballot

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Baseball managing greats Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will be among the names on the next Hall of Fame ballot, HOF officials revealed Monday.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey undergoes elbow surgery

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- New York Mets all-star pitcher Matt Harvey has undergone successful ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow, the team announced Tuesday.
Mets' Matt Harvey to have surgery to repair damaged ligament

Mets' Matt Harvey to have surgery to repair damaged ligament

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will have Tommy John surgery on his right arm and will likely miss the 2014 season, the team said Friday.
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delays elbow surgery, opts for rehab

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delays elbow surgery, opts for rehab

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- New York Mets pitching ace Matt Harvey will delay elbow ligament replacement surgery and instead plans to keep working to rehab his arm, the team said Tuesday.
Mets' Matt Harvey has ligament tear

Mets' Matt Harvey has ligament tear

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow and may miss the rest of the season.

MLB: Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 2

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Francisco Liriano stayed on a roll with seven shutout innings and Jose Tabata went 3-for-4 with a homer Saturday in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over Colorado.

MLB: Minnesota 6, Kansas City 2

MINNEAPOLIS, June 29 (UPI) -- Rookie Kyle Gibson notched a victory in his first major league game Saturday and Minnesota scored five early runs in its 6-2 win over Kansas City.

MLB: Pittsburgh 4, Cincinnati 0

CINCINNATI, June 18 (UPI) -- Charlie Morton was sharp in his second start since returning from arm surgery, hurling 5 1/3 shutout innings in Pittsburgh's 4-0 win over Cincinnati.
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Tommy John
Former major league pitcher Tommy John delivers an open air church service on Main Street in Cooperstown, NY on July 31, 2005. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Thomas Edward John Jr. (born May 22, 1943) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball whose 288 career victories rank as the seventh highest total among left-handers in major league history. He is also known for the revolutionary surgery, now named after him, which was performed on a damaged ligament in his pitching arm.

An outstanding basketball player at Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute, where he held the city single game scoring record, John was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians, making his major league debut in 1963. John chose baseball when he realized he had the most talent in it and would not go on to play professional basketball. Of his 26-year major league career, he is best remembered for his seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s. He made appearances in the All-Star Game in 1968, 1978, 1979, and 1980. He played in all three Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series of his era (1977, 1978 and 1981), but was on the losing end of all three, having switched over to the Yankees by the time the Dodgers took the Series in 1981. John never played on a major league championship team. John was a soft throwing sinkerball pitcher whose technique resulted in batters hitting numerous ground balls and induced double plays.

In the middle of the 1974 season, John was cruising along with a 13-3 record as the Dodgers were en route to their first National League pennant in eight years, before he permanently damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, leading to a revolutionary surgical operation. This operation, now known as Tommy John surgery, replaced the ligament in the elbow of his pitching arm with a tendon from his right forearm. The surgery was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe on September 25, 1974, and although it seemed unlikely he would ever be able to pitch again, he spent the entire 1975 season in recovery. John would work with team mate and major league pitcher Mike Marshall who was said to know how to help pitchers recover from injuries and taught John a completely different way to pitch where he would not turn his leg and go straight to the plate which eliminated the chance of him hurting his knee and arm, and he returned to the Dodgers in 1976. His 10-10 record that year was considered "miraculous" but John went on to pitch until 1989, winning 164 games after his surgery—one fewer game than all-time great Sandy Koufax won in his entire career. After Phil Niekro's retirement, John spent 1988 and 1989 as the oldest player in the major leagues. In 1989, Tommy John matched Deacon McGuire’s record (since broken) for most seasons played in a Major League Baseball career with 26 seasons played. Today, many pitchers have Tommy John surgery during their careers.

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