Ian Denomme

  • Reeling Reds place Devin Mesoraco on disabled list as manager comes under fire

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 10 hrs ago

    Things are going from very bad to even worse for the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds lost their ninth game in a row on Monday, their worst losing skid in 17 years, are already 10.5 games behind in the National League Central, and placed All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco on the disabled list.

    Maybe that’s not exactly a major blow to the Reds as the move should have been made long ago. Mesoraco has been suffering from a left hip injury for most of the season. He’s been limited to just 45 at-bats and has eight hits and two runs-batted-in, while starting just five games behind the plate. Last year Mesoraco appeared in 114 games, slashed .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs on his way to his first All-Star selection.

    It’s just the latest in what has already been an ugly season for the Reds.

    Rough times for reds. Lost 9 straight. Outscored 59-23. Mesoraco on dl and may need surgery. Cueto missed start.

    The time to act - if the Reds want to act - is now.”

    Who would have thought a team that’s already eight games under .500 would be so interesting to watch as the season rolls on.

  • Dustin Pedroia alertly fields deflection for impressive 3-4-1 putout

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 10 days ago

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    After eight full big-league seasons and four Gold Gloves, we’ve come to expect impressive plays from Dustin Pedroia. So while a great play on Thursday night isn’t exactly surprising, it’s still worth watching and tipping your cap.

    The Red Sox were leading the Mariners 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when starter Joe Kelly loaded the bases. With two out, Dustin Ackley hit a hard chopper toward first that Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli bobbled and let get away from him. But instead of the ball deflecting dangerously into the outfield – and multiple runs scoring – Pedroia scooped it up on the fly and fired it to Kelly at first for the rarely-seen 3-4-1 putout. Kelly also deserves some credit for covering first and the foot-work involved. That’s what pitcher’s fielding practice is for.   

    It came at a big moment in the game, too. The Red Sox held that 1-0 lead until the Mariners tied it in the sixth, then rallied for the winning run in the ninth thanks to an embarrassing fielding error by Rickie Weeks, who should take some lessons from Pedroia.

  • Josh Hamilton nearing return to big leagues with Rangers

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 10 days ago

    Three weeks after being acquired in a trade with the Angels, Josh Hamilton is getting close to being added to the Rangers’ lineup.

    Hamilton is recovering from February shoulder surgery and will play weekend games with the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate in Frisco. After a day of rest on Monday he will play on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Triple-A club. After those four-game the Rangers will determine whether to activate him or give him more time in the minors.

    Hamilton, 33, was a five-time All Star and the 2010 American League MVP with the Rangers between 2008 and 2012. He signed a lucrative free-agent deal with the Angels before the start of the 2013 season but played just 240 games in Anaheim. The Angels dealt Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash, in part because of a relapse in his battle with drug addiction.

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    Ian Denomme is an editor and writer for Yahoo Sports. Email him at denomme@yahoo-inc.com orfollow him on Twitter.

  • Indians infielder Mike Aviles’ daughter being treated for leukemia

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 11 days ago

    Cleveland Indians infielder Mike Aviles has been on MLB’s family medical emergency list since last Friday, but the reason was only revealed on Wednesday. Aviles’ four-year-old daughter Adriana is being treated for leukemia at Cleveland Clinic.

    Indians manager Terry Francona said Aviles informed the team during a road trip in Kansas City last week, and was immediately placed on the emergency list.

    From Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:

    "He was OK with me telling everybody what's going on," Francona said. "It's heartbreaking to anyone who has children and I don't even think you need to have children. She's in good hands. She's been getting treatment. She's doing very well. Prognosis is good.

    "But, as you can imagine, being a parent, it's pretty tough. Mike understands that he has our blessing to come back and play when he is completely comfortable and wants to and feels like he's where he should be."

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  • Reigning AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber is still winless. What gives?

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 17 days ago

    Suffice is to say that the Cleveland Indians are not off to the start they envisioned in 2015. After a sneaky good 2014 season in which they won 85 games, the Tribe were a sexy playoff pick this year. Sports Illustrated even picked them to win the World Series. That, of course, led to fears about the infamous SI cover jinx. Maybe there’s something to that jinx after all.

    The Indians are an American League-worst 10-17 heading into Friday’s action. They’ve won just one series this year, the very first of the season. They rank near the bottom in most team offensive and pitching categories.

    On Thursday night in a loss to the Royals, Kluber got off to a particularly rough start:

    Corey Kluber's first inning Thursday: Hit batter on a 1-2 pitch; single on a 2-0 pitch; single on a 2-0 pitch; 3-run homer on a 2-0 pitch.

    So what gives? Is Kluber that bad? The short answer is probably not. August Fagerstrom of MLB.com summed it up:

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  • Jake Marisnick turns unique, unassisted double play from centerfield

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 17 days ago

    In the fourth inning already trailing the Angels 1-0, Astros starter Colin McHugh gave up a single to Albert Pujols. That brought up Matt Joyce who hit a little flare to shallow center. Marisnick got on his horse and tracked it down for the second out. But meanwhile, Pujols, perhaps unaware of how many outs there were, had taken off and rounded second. He was easy pickings for a force out at first.

    But rather than toss to ball in, Marisnick took it upon himself to run to first on his way to the dugout. It all ended up in a very rare, very odd unassisted double play by the centerfielder. (A very underrated part of the whole scene is Astros first baseman Chris Carter just pointing to first base as Marisnick runs it in.)

    It turned out to be a big moment for the Astros, too. McHugh kept the Angels at bay over 7.1 innings and the American League-leading Astros rallied for three runs in the ninth inning for a 3-2 win. Thanks to defensive plays like this one by Marisnick, the Astros are 19-10 and one of the best stories of the early season.

  • Remembering Babe Ruth’s first major-league home run – 100 years ago

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 19 days ago

    The date was May 6, 1915 – 100 years ago Wednesday. The Boston Red Sox are in New York to face the Yankees. It seems like just another regular game in the hundreds of thousands that have been played in baseball history, except for one thing – there’s a 20-year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth on the mound for the Red Sox.

    It was Ruth’s seventh career major-league start, and he had just 17 at-bats at that point. When he came to bat in the third inning, few if any of the 5,000 fans in attendance at the Polo Grounds knew they were about to witness history:

    “Ruth held the Yankees scoreless for two innings and came to bat for the first time in the third. He faced Yankee starter Jack “Chief” Warhop. A submarine-throwing right-hander, he was in his eighth and last season with the team...

    “The New York Times reported Ruth homered with “no apparent effort.” The writer Damon Runyon, covering baseball for the New York American, gave his take: “Ruth knocked the slant out of one of Jack Warhop’s underhanded subterfuges.” ...

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  • Off to slow start in 2015, Nationals now lose Strasburg to injury

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 19 days ago

    Are the Washington Nationals experiencing a World Series-favorites curse? The preseason championship favorites, according to oddsmakers, are off to a rough start in 2015. They won just 10 games in April and sit in fourth place in the surprisingly-tough National League East.

    But things were starting to look up. They won three-of-four games against the first-place New York Mets over the weekend and won six-of-seven heading into Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins before hitting another snag. Stephen Strasburg, their 26-year-old ace, left the game with a shoulder injury after pitching just three innings. It’s not sure how serious the injury is, so don’t panic yet, Nationals fans. Matt Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet has more details:

    Strasburg: "I feel like I could've gone through it. But at this point in season, you just want to get it right + not alter your mechanics."

    Basically, sounds like Strasburg believes a chiropractic adjustment can solve problem. Not an issue with actual shoulder or elbow.

  • Baseball and hockey come together in Washington Capitals locker room

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 24 days ago

    Now is a pretty good time to be a sports fan in Washington. Sure, the preseason World Series favorite Nationals are scuffling along at 10-13. But their two winter sports teams are both cruising along in the playoffs. The Wizards swept the Toronto Raptors and will face either the Atlanta Hawks or Brooklyn Nets in the second round.

    The NHL’s Washington Capitals are in the second round of the playoffs, too, and there’s a baseball connection to their success. After every postseason win the Capitals blare John Fogerty’s baseball classic ‘Centerfield’ in the locker room. Watch as after Thursday night’s win over the New York Rangers Alex Ovechkin goes to the iPod and plays ‘Centerfield.’

    Just about every team in sports has a go-to song for after victories, but what’s the connection between the Capitals and the Fogerty tune? The Washington Post tried to find out – and came up empty.

    “I really don’t know the answer to that,” Brooks Laich said.

    ...

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  • Latest Twitter photo proves there’s nothing Roy Halladay can’t do

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 24 days ago

    Roy Halladay is making a case for the title of Most Interesting Man in the World. Now into the second year of his retirement, the former Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher who was also an All-Star, Cy Young winner, and perfect-game thrower is continuing to find interesting new hobbies.

    His latest Twitter post shows just how he’s making the most of his time away from baseball:

    Did I mention I can juggle while I ride a unicycle? Second career with the circus! pic.twitter.com/hZBDWjsLco

    Is there anything he can’t do? If Halladay is serious, I for one, would pay more money to see him in a circus than I would to see the sad-sack Phillies in person.

    We wait with bated breath to see what’s next for Doc.

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    Ian Denomme is an editor and writer for Yahoo Sports. Email him at denomme@yahoo-inc.com orfollow him on Twitter.