David Brown

  • Royals ready (or not) for Tigers series, Kansas City's biggest in nearly 30 years

    David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago

    The people of Kansas City typically seem to be optimists, but not necessarily because of their sports teams. Talk to my father-in-law about pro football, and surely he'll quip, "Chiefs coming back? They've been saying that since the '70s."

    The Kansas City Royals historically haven't inspired noticeably different feelings among baseball fans. Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough noted this when previewing the team's biggest series of the season — their biggest in nearly 30 seasons — a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium that begins Friday night. 

    The Royals trail the Tigers, heavy favorites before the season started, by just a half-game in the American League Central. They're in better shape for the wild card. The team put playoff tickets on sale Thursday. They're the constant talk of area barbers. People want to believe, but it has been since 1985 that the Royals made the playoffs and won the World Series, so...

    From the Star:

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  • Marcus Stroman suspended six games for throwing near Caleb Joseph's head

    David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago

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    It turns out Major League Baseball just needed a little more time to punish rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays. The league announced Wednesday afternoon it was suspending Stroman for six games, along with issuing an undisclosed fine, for throwing a ball near the head of Caleb Joseph of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

    Jon Heyman of CBS tweeted that Joseph will appeal.

     

    marcus stroman gets 6 game ban for throwing at caleb joseph. he will appeal. #bluejays

     

    A report by Newsday's Steven Marcus a day ago saying the league would not be taking action turned out to be premature and wrong.

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  • Yankees' Girardi and Rays' Maddon at odds after Jeter hit by pitch

    David Brown at Big League Stew3 days ago

     

     

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Tampa Bay Rays should stop pitching inside if they're going to keep hitting his players.

    Rays manager Joe Maddon says thanks for the advice, but no thanks. Oh, and we're not really sorry, either.

    Girardi got his Italian Irish up Tuesday night after Yankees captain Derek Jeter was hit on the left hand by Steve Geltz on an 0-2 pitch in the eighth inning. Umpire Rob Drake warned both teams, which brought out Maddon and Girardi — who didn't like being warned when his team hadn't done anything.

    Girardi even yelled the Rays' way — getting animated at Geltz or Maddon or both — because Geltz's pitch went up and in. Not long after, Girardi was ejected for continuing to argue from the dugout. Girardi noted later to the media that Rays pitchers hit the Yankees five times over the past four games, including Jeter twice and Chase Headley in the mouth.

    Via NJ.com, Maddon said:

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