- David Brown at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Speaking publicly for the first time since resigning as Texas Rangers manager earlier this month, Ron Washington said he "was not true" to his wife but offered no other details as to why he quit.
Washington spoke briefly, and took no questions from the assembled media, at a hotel conference room near Dallas. His wife, Gerry Washington, stood nearby.
"I made a mistake and I'm embarrassed more than I've ever been in my life," Washington said. "I don't run when I make a mistake, but when you put yourself in a situation, you own it. Those are the types of things my wife always says to me. I was not true to my wife. After 42 years, I broke her trust. I'm here today to own that mistake, to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me, and who I let down."
- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Nori Aoki has been one of the big reasons the Kansas City Royals have stayed at or near the top of the American League Central, along with the wild-card race, in the second half of the season. Aoki is batting .313 with a .381 on-base and .777 on-base plus slugging with nine stolen bases over 204 plate appearances in the second half. He's batting .423 with a 1.011 OPS in September, and he just finished barbecuing the Chicago White Sox, going 11 for 13 to set a team record for hits in a three-game series.
Royals fans want to acknowledge and appreciate Aoki's contribution, but some committed an international faux pas in doing so at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night:
Don't get me wrong, I love Aoki.. but that flag is WW2 War Crime flag like Nazi's swasticka/iron cross!! Remember.. pic.twitter.com/UNBUJG22AF
- David Brown at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes.
Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco credits spending "three months" in the bullpen for why he's turned into one of the league's more dominant starting pitchers. That's a long time to hang out somewhere, but it's been worth it. Carrasco is so good right now, he achieved a stat line Wednesday night that only two other pitchers have done in recorded major league history.
Carrasco tossed a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory against the Houston Astros, striking out 12 and needing only 98 pitches to do it. Maximum dominance and efficiency. The only other pitchers to strike out 12 in fewer than 100 pitches in a complete-game shutout: Sandy Koufax throwing a no-hitter with the Dodgers in 1966, and Cliff Lee throwing a three-hitter with the Phillies 2011. All three pitchers coincidentally walked one batter apiece, making for a nice symmetry.
Your browser does not support iframes.
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.Fri, Sep 194:05 PM PDTToronto at NY YankeesPreview Game
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:Fri, Sep 194:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at Tampa BayPreview Game
Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers made an unforgettable gesture at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night, and it wasn't anything like the Jonathan Papelbon gesture from over the weekend.
A fan watching from the front row in foul territory reached over the fence and interfered with Parra as he tried to catch Matt Carpenter's fly ball in the bottom of the third inning. The fan actually grabbed Parra's arm as his glove closed on the ball, but Parra caught the ball anyway. Obviously embarrassed, the man quickly retracted his hands and sat down.
This is not what Jake Peavy meant when he said he already was thinking about Dee Gordon in preparation of his next start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But it's still probably worth a few brain cells to remind Peavy of Gordon's wizardry at second base, a position which he has managed to glamorize like few others who have played it.
Gordon's latest work of art was a double play against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning Tuesday night that was possible only because of an unlikely flip to shorstop Justin Turner. Colorado's D.J. LeMahieu appeared to get enough topspin on his grounder to sneak it into center for a single against Brandon League, but Gordon dived and got in the way. He not only stopped the ball, but somehow re-directed it, rolling it on the ground no less, into Turner's glove with a flip/push that looked impossible to practice.
The Minnesota Twins just wouldn't let Detroit Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez get the last word this time.
After Martinez hit yet another ninth-inning home run to give the Tigers a lead, the Twins came back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth against Joe Nathan to escape with a 4-3 victory at Target Field on Tuesday night.
Aaron Hicks hustled to beat out an infield RBI single with two outs, scoring pinch runner Chris Herrmann from third base with the winning run. Pinch runner Doug Bernier had scored the tying run from first base after Kurt Suzuki hit a sinking line drive to center that outfielder Ezequiel Carrera missed after a foolish diving attempt.Fri, Sep 195:10 PM PDTDetroit at Kansas CityPreview Game
Your browser does not support iframes.
It takes right-hander Jake Peavy very little time to start thinking about his next start, especially these days with the San Francisco Giants in the thick of a pennant race with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Peavy allowed a run, five hits and a walk over seven innings Tuesday night, leading the Giants to a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the Dodgers losing at Colorado, the Giants closed to within three games of the NL West leaders. In a few short days, Peavy will make his next start at Dodger Stadium, where first place might be on the line.
And Peavy can't wait. He's not waiting, actually. He's already thinking about it.
“I won’t lie, I was just in the shower thinking about Dee Gordon,” Peavy said of the Dodgers leadoff batter.
Hey now! Talk about working up a lather, to quote Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area. Wow, that's some progressive talk from a major league ballplayer.
Not everyone at Turner Field took it in stride as the Washington Nationals clinched the National League East against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Word on the street is that umpire Tim Welke had been coexisting with a fan who was heckling Bryce Harper for several innings. By the time the sixth inning rolled around, and the fan refused to stop yelling such creative taunts as "You [bleeping stink], you piece of [bleep]!" Welke drew a line and had security eject him.
Here's a link to video of the event that includes some NSFW language you can barely make out.
"Hey! Hey! Get rid of that guy! Get rid of him now!" Welke said heroically to an usher.
Harper otherwise appeared ready to get on with the game, but apparently Welke had heard enough F bombs.Fri, Sep 194:10 PM PDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game