- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
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.Thu, Apr 174:05 PM PDTMilwaukee at PittsburghPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
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.LiveKansas City6 - 4HoustonFollow Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
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.LiveLA Dodgers1 - 1San FranciscoFollow Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
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:LiveBoston4 - 3Chi White SoxFollow Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
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.
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:
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So blessed and thankful for Jackie Robinson and what he did for baseball players and people everywhere. Very proud to where #42 tonight!
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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.
The Colorado Rockies have placed left-hander Brett Anderson on the disabled list because of a broken left index finger. But, as with anything else these days, some crackpot conspiracy theorists probably don't believe the Rockies because of the their "well-known associations with secret societies."
In order to put all of that talk to rest, Anderson has uploaded an X-ray of his left hand to Instagram. (At least he CLAIMS that it's his hand. And at least we THINK it's Brett Anderson's Instagram.) Sure enough — ouch, babe — it looks like his index finger is fractured. Anderson injured his hand while batting, of course, because the National League won't let go of the out-of-date notion that pitchers ought to hit for themselves. Now there ' s a good conspiracy theory: Why hasn't the NL adopted the designated hitter yet? Masonic Illuminati, anyone?
And why is poor Anderson hurt again? He's the unluckiest man on the face of the Earth. He said to Troy Renck of the Denver Post:LiveColorado1 - 3San DiegoFollow Game
A player is not necessarily in foul territory just because his feet take him there. That's what happened Monday night to Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider, whose unsuccessful bid in the fourth inning to catch a fly ball by Todd Frazier of the Reds ended with Snider on his behind in foul ground smarting from having the ball hit off his face. Worse for him, after a video review, umpires at replay headquarters reversed the call on the field — which had been foul. Instead, they awarded Frazier a double. A ground-face double of sorts.
That play was resolved, but not the game's outcome. The teams are tied 7-all in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the game will be completed Tuesday night before the next game of the series.
Via MLB.com, Reds manager Bryan Price said the injury time allotted for athletic trainers to check Snider gave his team time to check the replay and ask for a review.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 days ago
The Philadelphia Phillies had "Kids Opening Day" on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park, and they had local schoolchildren draw the starting nine for the local squad to put on the scoreboard. A fan named Alex Russin was ready with his camera and took pics. The results are 100 percent adorable — though a few of the drawn players appear to look more like other famous faces than the intended players.
Click on the photo of Jimmy Rollins and his drawing above to begin the slideshow.
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