Jeff Eisenberg

  • Domonic Brown's painful-looking catch robs Jedd Gyorko

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew2 hrs ago

    There are two things hard to fathom about Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown's mesmerizing third-inning catch on Thursday night.

    That he caught the ball, and that he did not break his wrist or dislocate his shoulder in the process.

    Brown came up wincing and shaking his right arm after robbing Jedd Gyorko of at least a single with a diving catch in which he held onto the ball despite his glove hand getting pinned at an awkward angle behind his back. The 27-year-old outfielder stayed in the game and produced two hits and an RBI in the Phillies' 7-3 loss at San Diego.

    The strong performance from Brown ended an eventful day on a high note for the young outfielder.

    Earlier Thursday, Brown posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "It's been great. Time to move forward. Thanks for everything #love." The text was intended to be about a break-up with his girlfriend, but so many Phillies fans thought it meant he had been traded that Brown actually had to post in the comments section to diffuse speculation.

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    Fri, Sep 19
    6:35 PM PDT
    Philadelphia at Oakland
    Preview Game
  • Fan spills beer, Mark Teixeira disapproves

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew3 hrs ago

    Like most of us, Mark Teixeira can't stand to see beer go to waste.

    That much is abundantly clear from the New York Yankees first baseman's disapproval Thursday night after a fan spilled 16 ounces of liquid gold all over the man sitting next to him while trying to catch a foul ball down the first base line. Worse yet, it appears the beer spilled for nothing since neither one of them were able to retrieve the foul ball.

    Thankfully for the Yankees, Teixeira showed off better hands than the two Yankees fans. Teixeira probably saved a run with this spectacular diving stop in the third inning, robbing Jose Reyes of an RBI single, preserving a scoreless tie and helping the Yankees eke out a 3-2 victory.

    No wonder Teixeira was shaking his head over the spilled beer. With soft hands and quick reflexes like that, it probably never happens to him.

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    Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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    Fri, Sep 19
    4:05 PM PDT
    Toronto at NY Yankees
    Preview Game
  • Top freshman JaQuan Lyle no longer on Oregon's roster

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago

    After Oregon updated its men's basketball roster on Tuesday evening, it didn't take long for savvy fans to point out a key difference.

    JaQuan Lyle, Oregon's top freshman, is no longer on it.

    Lyle was not admitted to the university despite being cleared by the NCAA, Rivals.com reported Wednesday morning. An Oregon spokesman confirmed Lyle has been removed from the roster but offered no further comment, citing student privacy laws.

    Adding to the confusion over Lyle's status at Oregon is a tweet he sent Tuesday night that read " I'm good, y'all! I promise, just wait!!" The Rivals.com report indicated Lyle needed to finish a summer course to complete his admission requirements to Oregon and a final determination on that course has yet to occur. 

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  • Tony Gwynn Jr. starts in San Diego three months after his dad's death

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew2 days ago

    One of the loudest ovations Tuesday night at Petco Park went to a member of the visiting team. 

    Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg ensured that when he inserted the son of San Diego's most beloved athlete into his lineup

    Tony Gwynn Jr. started in centerfield and hit leadoff against the Padres three months to the day after his 54-year-old father lost a four-year battle with cancer. It was the younger Gwynn's first plate appearance in his hometown since May 2012 when he was a member of the Dodgers.

    Though Gwynn went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Padres, that surely didn't detract too much from a special night. The crowd greeted him with a hearty ovation before his first at-bat and fans in the bleachers greeted him with chants of "Tony! Tony! Tony!" when he jogged to the outfield before the bottom of the first inning. 

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