John Axford returns to Rockies after son's rattlesnake bite

  For John Axford, this comes as a mighty big relief: His young son is finally back at home and in his own bed after spending four weeks in the hospital to treat rattlesnake bites. ''I'm definitely ecstatic,'' the Colorado Rockies right-hander said. ''My mind is at ease.'' Axford was reinstated after missing 10 days as he tended to 2-year-old Jameson, who was bitten twice on the...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies' Rosario optioned to Triple-A

To make room for John Axford -- who is coming off the restricted list -- the Rockies sent their former catcher and current backup first baseman, Wilin Rosario, to Triple-A Albuquerque. Rosario wasn’t happy. Nick Groke of the Denver Post quotes him:"I don't feel good," Rosario said. "I'd be lying to you if I said that. I need to be here. I'm playing at a big-league level.”It...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies reinstate Axford after son bitten by rattlesnake

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have reinstated right-handed reliever John Axford from the family medical emergency list after he spent a few days tending to his young son following rattlesnake bites. His son was bitten twice last month in the yard of the house his family rented in Scottsdale, Arizona, for spring training. The team also put righty LaTroy Hawkins on the 15-day disabled...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Triple Play: Adrian Gonzalez, Brett Cecil, John Axford

If you’re like me, the wait for the first meaningful baseball games since Game 7 of the World Series was almost interminable. Happily, the 2015 season is finally here, and the Triple Play is back again for your reading entertainment. In this season’s first installment, we look at a power-hitting first baseman, a deposed closer who probably shouldn’t have been closing to begin...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies' Axford taking leave to be with son, 2, during continued treatment for snake bite

DENVER -- John Axford is taking some time off to tend to his young son, who was bitten by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. The Colorado Rockies placed the right-handed reliever on the family medical emergency list before the game Sunday. Axford said his son had surgery last Monday -- opening day for the Rockies -- on his right foot to remove necrotic tissue. Axford said the toes...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockies place Axford on family medical emergency list

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed reliever John Axford on the family medical emergency list so he can tend to his young son, who was bitten by a rattlesnake last month in Arizona. Axford said Sunday that his son recently had surgery on his right foot to remove necrotic tissue and will be flown to Denver for more treatment. He says the toes of 2-year-old Jameson ''look...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rosario’s bomb caps off season-opening sweep

With an extra-innings win on Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies completed a stunning three-game, road sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to get their 2015 season started off on the right foot. The Rockies hadn’t previously won a road series since June of 2014. Wilin Rosario – who was displaced by the offseason acquisition of catcher Nick Hundley – provided the heroics with...
Via Mile High Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford’s 2-Year-Old Son Bitten By Rattlesnake, Might Lose Toe

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Colorado Rockies reliever John Axford’s 2-year-old son is improving following a rattlesnake bite. Jameson Axford remained hospitalized for an eighth straight day, but Axford said Wednesday his son was able to sleep through the night as he deals with pain. Doctors have saved his right foot, but there is fear one of his toes may need...
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Son of Rockies' Axford in stable condition after snake bites

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake. Axford has not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found. Doctors have...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Reliever John Axford added to Rockies' big league roster

  The Colorado Rockies have selected John Axford's contract, adding a veteran reliever with late-inning experience to their bullpen. Axford, who agreed to a minor league deal last month, gets a $2.6 million, one-year contract with a chance to earn more in performance bonuses. The 31-year-old right-hander was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford’s Streak Comes to an End

You just knew the streak had to end. After going 18-for-18 predicting the Academy Award winners a year ago, John Axford had a steep hill to climb Sunday night if he wanted to duplicate his performance. Plus, the Colorado Rockies reliever did himself no favors by upping the ante and including all 24 categories up for an Oscar. So…how’d he do? I am not angry at all that Birdman...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitcher John Axford Snaps Perfect Oscar Predictions Streak, Loses Bet

John Axford pitched a perfect game at the Oscars last year, but the hits came early and often this time around. The Colorado Rockies relief pitcher and film buff drew headlines in 2014 when he amazingly went a perfect 18-for-18 in his predictions for Oscar winners. Naturally, Axford decided to try his hand again in 2015 but upped the ante this time, offering...
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Time for John Axford’s Annual Oscar Picks

Last year, John Axford shocked the world when he went a perfect 18-for-18 with his Academy Awards picks, but, because the internet is what it is, people got all up in arms because the newly inked Colorado Rockies reliever didn’t go full-Oscar and predict winners for all 24 categories. Welp, Axford is at it again. And this time, he included everything. But get this, the reliever...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #82: Cody Allen | RP | CLE

Cody Allen entered the 2014 season as a setup man for the shaky incumbent John Axford, whose face is usually adorned with an excellent mustache. Unfortunately for Axford the only strong point to his game was his mustache, and in late May he lost his job to the 25-year-old Allen. Allen now enters 2015 as the closer for an Indians club that expects to make some noise in the AL Central...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Releiver Axford agrees to minor league contract with Rockies

  Reliever John Axford has agreed to a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies and will try to earn a job as a setup man for closer LaTroy Hawkins. Axford was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year, when he struck out 63 and walked 36. In six seasons in the major leagues, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including 10 for Cleveland...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford agrees to minor league contract with Rockies

DENVER (AP) Reliever John Axford has agreed to a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies and will try to earn a job as a setup man for closer LaTroy Hawkins. Axford was 2-4 with a 3.95 ERA in 62 games with Cleveland and Pittsburgh last year, when he struck out 63 and walked 36. In six seasons in the major leagues, Axford is 24-23 with a 3.40 ERA and 116 saves, including...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays Rumoured To Be In On John Axford

Word is out, via Jon Heyman, of, that the Blue Jays have been among the teams kicking the tires on Simcoe, ON’s own John Axford:   things heating up for john axford. four teams in. blue jays are looking at the ontario native, among others. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 9, 2015   Axford played his college ball at Canisius and Notre Dame before signing...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rumors: John Axford market “heating up”, Blue Jays involved

As we start the new year, it appears John Axford may be viewed as a new man. One who can compete for a closer’s job again. Could he be returning home to Canada to play for the Blue Jays? things heating up for john axford. four teams in. blue jays are looking at the ontario native, among others. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 9, 2015 John Axford has struggled to find...
Via Baseball Essential
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Reds Rumors: Reds have interest in John Axford

John Axford has taken a tour around the National League Central.  First he became one of the best closers in the game with the Milwaukee Brewers, but years later he lost his job and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.  After winning a World Series with the Cardinals, he signed with the Cleveland Indians and later pitched with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Now's Mark Sheldon ...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rumors: Reds Interested in John Axford

According to Cincinnati Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon, a source told today that the Reds are interested in free agent relief pitcher, John Axford. Axford had a great year in 2011 in which he posted a 1.95 ERA with the Milwaukee Brewers and recorded 46 saves that year as well. Since then, Axford has struggled to find the same success he found in a Brewers uniform in 2011...
Via Baseball Essential
December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: John Axford DFA'd

John Axford's long ride back to becoming a major league closer took another turn for the worse as Rob Biertempfel reported that he has been designated for assignment as the team acquired Justin Sellers. #455259736 / #pirates have DFA'd pitchers Jeanmar Gomez and John Axford.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) October 25, 2014At one point Axford was the...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Brewer Axford happy to be back in NL Central playoff race

MILWAUKEE -- John Axford had every intention of finishing his season with the Cleveland Indians. After spending his entire major-league career in the National League Central, the former closer of the Milwaukee Brewers wasn't planning on returning to the Miller Park mound in the middle of a pennant race. But everything changed when the Pittsburgh Pirates put in a waiver claim on Axford...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Andrew McCutchen: ‘I’m not 100 percent, and I realize that’

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen left the team’s 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals with left rib discomfort. McCutchen left Tuesday’s game in the sixth inning because his ribs were feeling “just sore” and to “take a little break” that will allow him to return for Wednesday’s finale against the Cardinals. “The plan is to play [Wednesday],”...
Via Sports-Glory
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates put RHP Pimentel on DL, add RHP Axford

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have put right-hander Stolmy Pimentel on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right ankle and activated right-handed reliever John Axford. The Pirates made the moves before Friday night's game at Washington. Pittsburgh claimed Axford off waivers Thursday from the Cleveland Indians. The 31-year-old was 2-3 with 10 saves and a 3.92...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians GM Antonetti explains reasoning behind Axford move

CLEVELAND -- With the odds of the Indians deciding to re-sign John Axford next season extremely slim, it didn't exactly break general manager Chris Antonetti's heart that the Pirates claimed Axford on waivers on Thursday. "We talked through a variety of alternatives with the Pirates but what enabled us to make the move was our belief in some of the other guys that have come up and...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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