Lyle Overbay
American baseball player
Lyle Overbay
Lyle Stefan Overbay is an American Major League Baseball first baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball.
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Fox News - over 3 years
Chris Tillman threw seven-plus dominant innings to pick up his 16th win of the season, and the Baltimore Orioles took the opener of an important four-game series with the New York Yankees by posting a 4-2 victory at Camden Yards. Tillman (16-5) served up solo homers to Alex Rodriguez and Lyle Overbay, but gave up only two other hits while matching a career high with nine strikeouts and not walking a batter. Nick Markakis paced Baltimore at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance that included an RBI single to help the Orioles to a fourth win in five outings and close within 1 1/2 games of Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card berth. The Yankees, on the other hand, have dropped four of five and trail the Rays by three games in the chase. CC Sabathia (13-12) tossed 7 1/3 solid innings for New York in a losing cause, allowing four runs -- three earned -- and striking out six.
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Red Sox Rally vs. Mariano Rivera, Then Beat Yankees In 10th (PHOTOS)
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NEW YORK -- Down to their very last strike, the Boston Red Sox struck back. And denting Mariano Rivera, well, that compounded the New York Yankees' misery. Stephen Drew hit a tying single off the all-time saves leader with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Red Sox past the Yankees 9-8 in a Thursday night thriller. "Just a character win, a team win," Boston manager John Farrell said. The Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications. It felt like a playoff matchup, too, especially after New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There were plenty of pitching changes and pinch-hitters and a key pinch-runner who will certainly remind some Red Sox fans of Dave Roberts' daring dash from the past. Plus, there was an outburst – Joba Chamberlain (2-1) was ejected by first base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the deciding hit. "It's fr ...
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Yanks' 'Evil Empire' Designation Dwindles With Each Passing Win
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On August 7, the Yankees were leaving Chicago in tatters. They had just been dealt a debilitating sweep at the hands of the AL Central's bottom-feeding White Sox, including a heartbreaking 12th-inning defeat in which Yankee relievers blew not one but two leads in the process. At 57-56 and 7 games back of the second wild card slot, the Bombers weren't just at the periphery of the AL playoff race -- they were beyond it. And, two-weeks-worth of games later, they hadn't even managed to make up much ground. Despite marginally improving their W-L ration to 64-59, they nevertheless remained a daunting 6.5 games back of that final playoff spot on August 20. Now they've erased that deficit to only 2.5 games. What's changed? Well certainly the pitching, for one. Ivan Nova has been nothing short of transcendent in recent weeks, winning the AL Pitcher of the Month after a 4-0, 2.08, 31 K performance through August. Andy Pettitte has emerged in rejuvenated form after battling a prolonged m ...
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Rays torch Kuroda, use long ball to beat Yanks, 7-2
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Jose Lobaton launched a three-run homer and finished with four RBI, and Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees, helping the Tampa Bay Rays take a 7-2 victory over New York in the opener of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce each added solo shots to provide more than enough run support for Archer (7-5), who held the Yankees to two runs on four hits and two walks over seven strong innings. Archer has won all three of his starts against New York this season, giving up just three runs in 22 innings of work. He's the first rookie hurler to notch three wins over the Yankees in a season since Kevin Brown accomplished the feat with Texas in 1989. "He's going to have to keep doing this and if he's going to do it for many years we have to keep him healthy," said Rays manager Joe Maddon. "But he's going to keep growing in stature." The Rays have won seven of thei ...
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Jacoby Ellsbury and David Ortiz led a 14-hit Boston outburst as the Red Sox got back on track with a 6-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Ellsbury went 3-for-5 with two RBI and Ortiz belted a solo homer while collecting a pair of hits and scoring twice. John Lackey contributed 6 2/3 effective innings on the mound to help the Red Sox halt a three-game skid that included a 10-3 defeat to their AL East rivals in Friday's series opener. Lackey (8-10) held New York's recently potent offense to a run on six hits to pick up his first win since July 12. The right-hander had gone 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA over his last five starts. He received plenty of help from a lineup that rocked New York ace Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) for five runs -- three earned -- and a season-high 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Alfonso Soriano continued his hot hitting for the Yankees, who had won five of six coming in, with a pair of singles in four at-bats. Lyle ...
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Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter each had three hits and a homer, Anibal Sanchez fired seven strong innings and the Detroit Tigers romped the New York Yankees, 9-3, to rebound from their first loss in over two weeks. New York ended the Tigers' 12-game winning streak in Friday's series opener, but received another poor start out of Phil Hughes while managing little production offensively to drop its sixth contest in eight games. The Tigers, meanwhile, boasted a 17-hit performance at the plate. Austin Jackson had a solo homer with three runs scored and Hunter broke the game open in the sixth with three-run homer, ending with four RBI on the afternoon. Sanchez (10-7) fanned eight while stifling the Yankee bats, with the only blemish on his four-hit performance occurring on a two-run homer from Lyle Overbay, who knocked in all three of New York's runs. Winless over his last six outings, Hughes (4-11) was yanked afte ...
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Yankees 3, Dodgers 0: Overbay Steps In for Yankees and Breaks Up Pitchers’ Duel
NYTimes - over 3 years
Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth after Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw pitched a combined 15 scoreless innings.     
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Overbay Steps In for Yankees and Breaks Up Pitchers’ Duel
NYTimes - over 3 years
Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth after Hiroki Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw pitched a combined 15 scoreless innings.
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Chris Archer tossed a two-hit shutout and Kelly Johnson's sixth-inning RBI single was the difference, as Tampa Bay clipped the Yankees, 1-0, in the middle test of a three-game set. Archer (6-3) needed just 97 pitches to craft his second career complete-game whitewash, striking out six without a walk. His lone blemishes were a single to Lyle Overbay and double from Brett Gardner. James Loney collected two hits and Ben Zobrist scored for the Rays, who have won three in a row and increased their lead in the AL East. Tampa Bay has taken 21 of its last 24 games and moved a season- high 20 games above .500. Ivan Nova (4-4) was the hard-luck loser, scattering six hits and one run, while fanning eight with three walks for the Yankees, who have dropped seven of their last 10.
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Yanks Shutout Twins in Rain Drenched Yankee Stadium
Bronx News - over 3 years
By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 13- Friday night’s game between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium was dominated by rain. The contest began with the temperature at 73 degrees contrasted with the torrid temperatures during the earlier games of the current homestand. The rain intensified in the early innings until play was halted at 8:42 Neither team put a run on the board prior to the rain delay. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up five hits and one walk in his first four innings on the mound. Base runners of the Twins were in scoring position in every inning except the second, but Twins batters failed to drive any runners across the plate as they batted 0 for 6 with runners on second and/or third base. Scott Diamond, a major league sophomore, held the Yanks to one hit, a single by Lyle Overbay in the second, but he issued three walks. Play resumed in the bottom of the fourth after a one hour and 13minute rain delay. Rain did continue throughout the ...
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Jeter's Back, But Was It Too Soon?
Bronx News - over 3 years
Yankees win as Jeter returns to the lineup and aggravates his quad By Rich Mancuso BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 12- Derek Jeter was not expected back at Yankee Stadium until Friday night. But minor injuries to Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner caused his four-game rehab assignment at Scranton cut short. General manager Brian Cashman called him late Wednesday night and he was ready. “I was nervous going into the game,” said the 39-year-old Jeter who returned to the Yankees lineup Thursday afternoon. It was, as he said, “Opening Day” returning to the lineup for the first time since sustaining a break to his left ankle when turning a double play last October 12 in the Bronx during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. He went 1-for-4, scored a run on an RBI groundout in his first at bat, inserted second in the lineup as the designated hitter. There was some concern though, as Jeter was pulled for a pinch hitter in the eighth inning because of a tight right qu ...
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Yanks End Three-Game Losing streak
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By Howard Goldin BRONX, NEW YORK, JULY 11- A combination of power hitting and an outstanding pitching performance by starter Ivan Nova gave the Yankees an 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday evening. The win ended New York’s three-game losing streak . Ivan Nova pitched his second consecutive sterling start in July. Nova pitched his first complete game five days earlier, a game won by the Yankees, 3-2. He fell short by one inning of becoming the first Yankees hurler by pitch back-to-back complete games since Jack McDowell in 1995. The 26 year-old kept the Royals scoreless during the first seven frames. He gave up two singles in the first and two singles in the fifth. The only run scored off Nova came in the eighth. After Nova retired the first two batters, Alcides Escobar drew a walk. The only Royals run was driven in by a double by Eric Hosmer. Nova was lifted at the end of eight, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi commented on that decision, “We probably could have le ...
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    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 37
    Overbay finished the 2014 season batting .233 in 121 games, with 4 home runs and 35 RBI.
    More Details Hide Details On October 1, he told MLB Radio Network that he was "99.9 percent sure" he would retire. Overbay is married to Sarah Overbay and has five children. Overbay is a Christian.
    On May 19, 2014, Overbay made his first career pitching appearance against his old team, the Atlanta Braves.
    More Details Hide Details With two outs in the bottom of the 8th inning of a 9-3 game, he was called upon to get the final out. He faced only one batter (Ryan Doumit), getting the needed out on a popup to the shortstop Jean Segura.
    On January 20, 2014, Overbay agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers that contained an invite to spring training.
    More Details Hide Details Overbay made the Brewers regular season roster, announced March 23, and will play first base for the Brewers alongside Mark Reynolds, the team's other first baseman. Coincidentally, these same two players played for the Yankees at the same time in the previous season. Manager Ron Roenicke cited Overbay's good defense skills at first base and his veteran status in making his decision.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    On May 10, 2013, Overbay went 4-for-5 with 2 doubles, a 2-run home run, 5 runs batted in, and 2 runs scored in an 11–6 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details On June 3, he made his first career start in right field. On June 26, the Yankees announced that Mark Teixeira was going to undergo season-ending wrist surgery, allowing Overbay to be the everyday first baseman for the remainder of the season. After the team signed Mark Reynolds on August 15, who had been released by the Cleveland Indians several days prior, Overbay and Reynolds platooned at first base for the remainder of the season, with the left-handed hitting Overbay usually starting against right-handed pitchers.
    He was released by the Red Sox on March 26, 2013, and signed by the New York Yankees to a 3-day minor league deal later that day.
    More Details Hide Details On March 31, the Yankees added Overbay to their 25-man active roster.
    On January 13, 2013, the Boston Red Sox announced that Overbay had been signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    He was called up when the rosters expanded on September 1, 2012.
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    On August 20, 2012, the Atlanta Braves signed Overbay to a minor league contract.
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  • 2011
    Age 34
    On December 8, 2011, Overbay signed a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks.
    More Details Hide Details On July 30, Arizona designated Overbay for assignment, and then released him on August 3.
    After batting .227 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 103 games, he was designated for assignment on August 1, 2011, and released on August 5.
    More Details Hide Details On August 13, he re-signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, replacing the injured Xavier Nady.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    On December 14, 2010, Overbay signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    He was also named the 2009 American Legion Graduate of the Year.
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    On June 8, 2009, Overbay was again named American League Player of the Week after leading the Major League in both batting average and slugging.
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  • 2008
    Age 31
    Overbay is also one of only 15 players to hit into an unassisted triple play, serving up Asdrúbal Cabrera of the Cleveland Indians on May 12, 2008.
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    He finished 2008 tied for seventh overall in this category, with 24.
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    Overbay set a new team record on May 25, 2008 by reaching base in his 12th consecutive plate appearance after walking on a full count in the second inning.
    More Details Hide Details The previous record holder was Tony Fernández who reached base 11 straight times. That season, he was criticized by fans for his penchant to ground into double plays.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 30
    He was on the disabled list until July 13, 2007, rejoining the Blue Jays after the All-Star break.
    More Details Hide Details After his return, he struggled at the plate, especially with hitting for power.
    On June 4, 2007, Overbay was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox.
    More Details Hide Details The pitch was a high and inside fastball that ran in and hit Lyle in the hand, breaking three bones in his hand.
    On January 15, 2007, the Toronto Blue Jays signed Overbay to a four-year contract, buying out his final two arbitration-eligible years, and his first two years of free agency, with a $24 million contract.
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  • 2006
    Age 29
    In 2006, he had a career season, batting .312 with 22 home runs, 92 RBI and 181 hits, which were all career-highs.
    More Details Hide Details He also had 46 doubles, which was tenth among the major leagues.
    On July 5, 2006, Overbay was named American League Player of the Week after hitting .423 and hitting four home runs during the week of June 26 to July 2, 2006.
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    Although the trade was acknowledged as a needed acquisition for the Blue Jays, Overbay did not have the statistical impact hoped for, at least beyond 2006.
    More Details Hide Details From 2007 to 2008, Overbay statistically trailed Bush in the sabermetric categories wins above replacement player and value over replacement player.
  • 2005
    Age 28
    On December 7, 2005, Overbay was traded from the Brewers along with pitching prospect Ty Taubenheim to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Gabe Gross and pitchers Dave Bush and Zach Jackson.
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    In 2005, Overbay hit 19 home runs, surpassing his 2004 total of 16.
    More Details Hide Details On July 23, he had a career high 6 RBI against the Cincinnati Reds, hitting two home runs, including a grand slam. This feat was also the most in a season by a Brewer. He played very well against the Reds, batting .431 with 6 home runs and 18 RBI. He was traded to the Blue Jays in the off-season. He was a fan favorite in Milwaukee. When Overbay stepped up to plate, fans would do the "O chant." Fans would raise their hands over their heads in an "O" symbol – some brought cardboard cut outs of the letter "O" – and would chant a prolonged "O" sound to honor Overbay. Overbay said of the chant, "The "O" chant doesn't break my concentration. Sometimes it gets me too pumped up because I want to come through and give the fans something to cheer about, instead of just chanting. But overall, I think it's cool that I get that treatment from Brewers fans."
  • 2004
    Age 27
    During the 2004 season, Overbay batted .301 with 16 home runs, 87 RBI, and a major league-leading 53 doubles.
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  • 2003
    Age 26
    Overbay was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers on December 1, 2003, in a trade that sent Richie Sexson and Shane Nance to Arizona for Overbay, Craig Counsell, Junior Spivey, Chris Capuano, Chad Moeller, and Jorge de la Rosa.
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    Overbay first played with the Diamondbacks as the full-time first baseman in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details He played in 86 games, batting .276 with 28 RBI and 4 home runs. He was sent down to Triple-A Tucson in June, but was called up in September to be part of the 40-man roster expansion. He was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers during the off-season.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    During the 2002 season, Overbay played mostly in the minors and only played in 10 games in the majors.
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  • 2001
    Age 24
    Overbay appeared in 2 games getting one hit out of 2 plate appearances during his brief stint in the majors in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He was also part of the Diamondbacks' postseason roster to serve as a backup first baseman and eventually won the World Series over the Yankees.
    Overbay made his Major League debut on September 19, 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 22
    Overbay was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round of the 1999 MLB draft.
    More Details Hide Details While playing in the farm system, he was named Diamondbacks minor league player of the year.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 0
    Born on January 28, 1977.
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