Ian Denomme

  • Report: Marlins sending pitcher Mat Latos, slugger Mike Morse to Dodgers

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Take another starting pitcher off the trade blocks. According to reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to acquire right-hander Mat Latos from the Miami Marlins.

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    Chicago Sun-Times reporter Gordon Wittenmeyer broke the news on Twitter:

    Source: Latos, Morse to Dodgers for prospects. At least one competitive balance pick also to Dodgers. W/ Latos off board Haren still in play

    The Dodgers had been searching for a reliable pitcher to slot in behind their dynamic duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Latos, 27, fits the bill. He has missed time this season with knee and foot injuries but he has some upside. He is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts this season, statistically his worst season. Maybe he will be buoyed by a trade to a World Series contender. He is also a free agent after this season.

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  • Yankees’ 11-run inning highlights game full of baseball oddities

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The Yankees used a 10-hit, 11-run second inning to erase a 5-0 deficit and cruise to an improbable 21-5 victory over the Rangers. The Yankees didn’t hit a single home run in the inning and knocked starter Martin Perez out of the game after the first eight batters reached safely.

    The second inning looked like this:

    Uh, so does that still count as striking out the side?

    The 11-run inning was just one of the many oddities in the game as the Yankees scored the most runs in the majors this season, and won for the eighth time in nine games. After the first inning, the Yankees chances of winning were eight percent, according to the Baseball-Reference.com win probability chart. After the second inning, it was 93 percent.

    Some more fun facts from the game: The Rangers appeared well on their way to a win after scoring five runs in the first inning off Yankees starter Chris Capuano. Capuano didn’t make it out of the inning and his ERA ballooned from 5.64 to 6.97.

    After Rangers starter Perez got yanked in the second inning, the Rangers had to use six different relievers to finish the game.

  • Troy Tulowitzki trade sets stacked Blue Jays up to win now, and in the future

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    After more than 20 years as also-rans in the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to position themselves as contenders in 2015, and beyond.

    News broke early Tuesday morning that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a shocking trade with the Colorado Rockies. In return the Rockies get shortstop Jose Reyes, and three pitching prospects – Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman, and Jesus Tinoco. The Blue Jays also get veteran relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.

    The trade was surprising given the Blue Jays already have the top offense in all of baseball but were in desperate need of an upgrade to their starting rotation. With the Blue Jays appearing to go all in, another trade for pitching help could be in the works before Friday’s deadline. Or they’ll decide to just outslug their opponents.

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  • Canada’s Pan Am Games performance a result of Own the Podium creating ‘culture of winning’

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 4 days ago

    TORONTO – On Day 11 of the Pan Am Games, Shawnacy Barber won gold for Canada in the men’s pole vault competition. Years earlier he had an important choice to make. Barber was born in New Mexico but spent much of his youth in Ontario. With dual citizenship he had a choice whether to represent the United States or Canada in international competition.

    He chose Canada. It’s anecdotal, perhaps, but it’s further evidence of the shift in culture in Canadian amateur sports over the last decade or so. Much of that shift is thanks to the work of the Own the Podium program. It was created to help Canadian athletes reach medal finishes at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but has continued to expand and improve in the years since.

    John Furlong, the Own the Podium board chairman, thinks examples like Barber’s are the new reality, and just a small part of the impact the program has had.

    Furlong and Anne Merklinger, Own the Podium CEO and a former national team swimmer, believe that Canada’s record-setting performance at the Pan Am Games is further evidence of Own the Podium paying off. Where they are hoping it will truly pay off is at next year’s Summer Olympics in Rio.

  • Canada settles for silver in basketball at Pan Am Games, but future looks bright

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 5 days ago

    TORONTO – Call it a stepping stone. In the end the Canadian men's basketball team ran out of gas and had to settle for silver at the Pan Am Games. It's not the colour it wanted but the overwhelming sentiment is that the best is still yet to come for the program.

    Canada was overmatched on Saturday, falling 86-71 to a red-hot Brazil team that seemed to never miss and made Canada pay for its many mistakes. The Pan Am Games isn't exactly the highest stakes tournament in international basketball. But it was obvious on the players’ faces, and in their efforts, that this mattered and they wanted to win.

    “I don’t like losing a game like that, but … we grew up throughout this tournament, we also grew up in this game a little bit,” head coach Jay Triano said. “We never quit and I thought the guys really played well in the second half.”

    “We put ourselves in a hole and tried to dig ourselves out of it, but it wasn’t enough,” guard Jamal Murray said. “They hit shots all game and we couldn’t slow them down.”

    “This is a great tuneup for what matters later in the summer. This is real positive.”

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  • The ‘Taylor Swift of boxing’ gives hilarious post-fight interview after loss

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 6 days ago

    Despite a disappointing and surprising semi-final loss at the Pan Am Games, American boxer Cam F. Awesome was able to Shake it Off and deliver a post-fight interview for the ages.

    Awesome, otherwise known as Lenroy Thompson, lost his super heavyweight bout to Cuban Lenier Pero and had to settle for the bronze medal. There was obviously some Bad Blood, as Awesome thought he had won the fight, as he explained to an ESPN reporter after the fight. Watch and enjoy:

    Some highlights:

    - "I thought I was doing a lot of moving, and thought I looked amazing and I thought I won the first round.

    "Then the second round came and I was like "Oh, I won that round as well -- Cam, keep up the good work you're truly looking amazing. Some people say you're the Taylor Swift of boxing.'

    "I'm not saying I'm the Taylor Swift of boxing but I'm not not saying I'm the Taylor Swift of boxing."

    - "After the fight I was like "Oh, Cam, freedom beat communism. And then they announced the other corner..."

    More like mic game on a hundred. With a name like Cam Awesome and interview skills like that, he might have a future in professional wrestling.

  • Report: Indians won’t trade Mike Aviles, whose daughter is battling leukemia

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 6 days ago

    The Cleveland Indians are very aware that there are more important things in life than baseball, or winning and losing, or acquiring prospects.

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Indians have said they won’t attempt to trade infielder Mike Aviles while his four-year old daughter Adriana is battling leukemia.

    #Indians drawing interest in infielder Mike Aviles, but will not trade him while his 4-year-old daughter, Adriana, battles leukemia.

    Adriana was diagnosed in May and since then the Indians have been very supportive of Aviles and his family. Since the diagnosis, Aviles has twice been placed on the family medical emergency list and once on the restricted list, allowing him to take time to be with his daughter.

    On Thursday, Indians manager Terry Francona seemed to confirm their intentions.

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  • New documentary series puts spotlight on Canada’s national basketball teams

    Ian Denomme at Eh Game 7 days ago

    Canada’s men’s and women’s senior national basketball teams are the focus of a new documentary series that began online on CBC this week. The series titled “Canada Rising” offers a behind-the-scenes look at the teams and aims to inspire fans and aspiring players, while giving a voice to the players themselves.

    Filmmaker Jamie McMahon will be embedded with both teams for the next several months, and follow each team’s journey as they attempt to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    “Everybody knows basketball is exploding in this country,” McMahon said. “My dad is from the United States so I was raised on basketball and baseball more than hockey. So I’ve always followed it and noticed the boom here.

    “The project is a combination of a moment that needs to be documented, because it’s a tipping point for basketball in Canada, and giving the players a voice.”

    The Canadian men haven’t appeared in the Olympics since 2000. The women are coming off an eighth-place finish in London in 2012. But the attention and expectations on both teams are steadily on the rise.

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  • Joey Votto is back to being an on-base machine

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 7 days ago

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    Despite their 42-51 record and already being 17.5 games behind in the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds have had a few bright spots this season. Joey Votto’s return to MVP-caliber player is one of them.

    Votto made some history in a doubleheader with the Cubs on Wednesday. Over the two games in the day-night doubleheader Votto safely reached base nine times. He is the first player to accomplish that feat since Robinson Cano in 2010.

    Votto started the day by going 3-for-4 with a walk in the Reds’ 9-1 win. In the nightcap, a 6-5 loss, he went 2-for-2 with three walks, two of them intentional. Add it all up and Votto went 5-for-6 with four walks in the two games. He hit his 17 th home run of the season and also raised his on-base percentage from .401 to .413 in a single day. That’s third-highest in the National League.

    MLB.com put his on-base percentage feat into context:

    1. Robinson Cano (Oct. 2, 2010) -- six hits, two walks, HBP

  • Tempers flare after Jose Fernandez inadvertently plunks David Peralta in the head

    Ian Denomme at Big League Stew 7 days ago

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    There was a scary moment on Wednesday night in Arizona when Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez beaned Diamondbacks hitter David Peralta in the head. The incident took place in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Marlins leading 5-2. Fernandez tried to go up-and-in on Peralta but instead got him square in the head, sending Peralta to the ground.

    As you can see from the video, it was totally unintentional and Fernandez reacts with genuine shock, horror, and concern. Thankfully, Peralta got up on his own and walked off the field. The Diamondbacks reported he is just day-to-day.

    David Peralta was removed from tonight's #Dbacks game for precautionary reasons. He passed all concussion tests and is day-to-day.

    Fernandez made it very clear to reporters after the game that it was an accident.

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