- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
After missing most of the past two seasons because of catastrophic injuries to the same knee, Scott Sizemore returned to the majors just in time to help the New York Yankees turn a triple play. And at a position where Sizemore has practically no experience.
Playing first base for the first time in his professional career, a span of 659 games and eight-plus years, Sizemore made a terrific scoop of a relay throw by second baseman Brian Roberts to complete a 5-4-3 triple play against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sizemore's pick punctuated a 10-2 victory Thursday night for the Yankees and left-hander CC Sabathia.
The Yankees have turned 24 triple plays in their history, including three since 2010 with Sabathia on the hill.Fri, Apr 184:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at Tampa BayPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers has prompted lots of fun, but also some unwanted behavior through the years by both groups of fans. Perhaps the most extreme example was the Bryan Stow beating at a Dodger Stadium parking lot.
What happened at AT&T Park on Wednesday night wasn't as damaging, yet it's still senseless and reflects badly on the baseball community at large. At least five people were injured after a fan threw a firework from the outfield bleachers onto a walkway near a beer concession stand about 9:30 p.m. local time. The explosion was so loud and produced enough smoke that umpires stopped the game between the Giants and Dodgers for a few moments.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported the incident first:Fri, Apr 187:10 PM PDTSan Francisco at San DiegoPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
A Dude Fan Bro, possibly under the influence of alcohol, ran onto the field at Globe Life Park (where the Texas Rangers play) in the seventh inning Wednesday night. He ran around the outfield, briefly delaying the Rangers' turn at bat against the Seattle Mariners — and making an amusing pose with two thumbs up — before ballpark security corralled him like a steer at the rodeo. The Mariners seemed unhappy that a Dude Fan Bro interrupted the ballgame, as they seemed unwilling to give him advice as to how he should get out of his predicament. They got unhappier later after Leonys Martin won the game for Texas in its final at-bat.
Please enjoy a slideshow that captures the spirit on the moment while possibly taking certain liberties imagining what's going on in the minds of the people involved. Click on the photo above to begin.
UPDATE: Video of the Dude Fan Bro jumping onto the field is on YouTube.Fri, Apr 185:05 PM PDTChi White Sox at TexasPreview Game
Remove a playoff nightmare from the equation and Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto is the unquestioned daddy of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cueto pitched a three-hitter Wednesday afternoon, striking out a career-high 12 and walking none against the Bucs in a 4-0 victory for the Reds. Two of his three career shutouts have come against Pittsburgh. His ERA fell to 2.22 in 22 career starts against the Pirates, not counting the wild card debacle at PNC Park in October, when he literally dropped the ball on the mound not long before the Bucs ended the Reds season.
Remember Pirates fans chanting his name until he got the dropsy?
None of that nonsense this time on his home ground at Great American Ball Park. With Cueto's hair extensions flowing in the breeze and glistening in the sunshine, he dazzled the Pirates with his half-Luis Tiant delivery. Finish him, Johnny! He did, getting Andrew McCutchen to fly out (hard) to right in his 107th pitch.Fri, Apr 184:05 PM PDTMilwaukee at PittsburghPreview Game
She could never be Royal. He couldn't possibly be any more Royal. Finally, pop icons from different generations, connected by a picture of a man wearing a Kansas City Royals jersey almost 40 years ago, have met in person.
International recording artist extraordinaire Lorde met the inspiration for her song "Royals," Hall of Famer George Brett, on Tuesday night before her show at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, TMZ reports. Her people had reached out to his people for a meeting, but a potential connection missed in Kansas City when Lorde performed there recently. Brett instead sent her an autographed jersey as an offering of respect.
(Thank goodness the concert didn't take place at the Bellagio, or there might have been a conflict of a NSFW and "double-tapered" nature.)
Here's another shot, in which Lorde looks happier:
Brett's golf tan, it's overwhelming in person.Fri, Apr 185:10 PM PDTMinnesota at Kansas CityPreview Game
They sometimes call San Francisco's Hector Sanchez "Hacktor" because he likes to swing. That can be a good thing, or bad, if you're Brandon League of the Dodgers. Sanchez came through with two outs in the 12th, lining an RBI single off the glove of diving second baseman Justin Turner for a 3-2 Giants victory. The hit prevented what surely would have become a five-hour game. Instead, a tidy 4:54.
The Giants had tied the score in the bottom of the ninth, with one out this time, against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Brandon Belt lined an RBI double to left that brought Angel Pagan home from first base.
The Dodgers activated former Giants beard Brian Wilson before the game, but manager Don Mattingly did not use him in relief because that would have been too much fun at AT&T Park.Fri, Apr 187:10 PM PDTArizona at LA DodgersPreview Game
Before handing the Boston Red Sox their ninth loss in 14 games thanks to an error, the Chicago White Sox gave them something to be appreciated for a much longer time. They paid respect to the city of Boston and the Boston Marathon bombings survivors by wearing T-shirts showing their solidarity. Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of the domestic terrorist attack near the finish line along Boylston Street.
The gray shirts had the Red Sox logo's — the iconic "B" — and the word "STRONG" encircled, along with a smaller White Sox logo and the word "together" under it.
It was particularly moving when the home Sox lined up in front of their dugout for the national anthem.
Here's White Sox slugger Adam Dunn, who later homered off pal Jake Peavy, wearing the shirt:
The White Sox also showed this video on the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard:
At one point in the dream-like "liquid world" of Bryce Harper's first commercial as a spokesman for Gatorade, he swings and literally tears the cover off the ball like Roy Hobbs in "The Natural." Only Hobbs didn't have Gatorade, so the ball transforms into a screaming line drive — another baseball metaphor — using Harper's face. It continues to ride a wave of the product over the fence for a grand slam. And we learn this: The red Gatorade of the Washington Nationals is better than the teal Gatorade of the Miami Marlins. At least for one swing.
The special effects of the liquid Gatorade world are impressive, and the creators seem to have captured Harper's personality perfectly. And no matter how much "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses is played (and played), it always gets your attention.Fri, Apr 184:05 PM PDTSt. Louis at WashingtonPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago
Social media can be a trite way to communicate, but it can be a convenient method of learning what's on the minds of Major League Baseball players. On Tuesday, a lot of thoughts were dedicated to Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball's modern color barrier on this day in 1947. Here are 42 social media posts related to Jack Roosevelt Robinson from across the ethnic spectrum of MLB.
Leading off, Eric Young Jr. of the Mets:
* * *
* * *
* * *
So blessed and thankful for Jackie Robinson and what he did for baseball players and people everywhere. Very proud to where #42 tonight!
* * *
* * *
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago
If you happen to play for the New York Yankees, do not expect the manager to call you by what your parents did, or even by a widely known nickname that preceded your arrival. Joe Girardi has his own way, his own system, reporter Dan Barbarisi in the Wall Street Journal writes. All of his players — except for pitchers Cesar Cabral and Matt Thornton — have been given Girardi nicknames. And it sounds like Girardi will get to them eventually:
[M]ost hew to a fairly standard blueprint: Drop the last few letters, then add an "-ie" or "y" sound. Hence, Brett Gardner becomes "Gardy;" Alfonso Soriano is "Sori." Sometimes, there are slight variations, where the entire name is preserved. For instance, David Phelps is "Phelpsie; last season, Jayson Nix was "Nixie." But every once in a while, nickname lightning strikes and Girardi finds an unconventional one that is too good to pass up. For those, Girardi will eschew his normal scheme and embrace the new name wholeheartedly.