Kyle Ringo

  • Orioles and Rays meet in MLB Free Game of the Day

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Machado served a four-game suspension for charging the mound earlier this month in a game against Kansas City after being hit by a 99mph pitch by Yordano Ventura. Machado punched Ventura before both players went to the ground and were eventually separated.

    Baltimore went 2-2 with Machado out of the lineup and holds a 1.5-game lead over Boston in the division with Tampa Bay, the last-place team in the division, in town for a four-game series.

    You can watch Baltimore try to widen its lead in the division in Yahoo Sports' MLB Free Game of the Day. The game, which starts at 7:05 p.m. ET, can be streamed on Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index, video home and right here in the story you’re reading. Local blackouts apply.

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  • Mets close to reuniting with Jose Reyes despite protests from fans

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    While the Colorado Rockies are willing to eat $41 million to part ways with alleged domestic abuser Jose Reyes, the New York Mets might be all-too happy to add the four-time All-Star back into the fold as they attempt to defend their National League pennant.

    Multiple reports in recent dayshave suggested that the Mets are seriously considering signing Reyes as soon as Saturday. On Thursday, the Rockies requested waivers on Reyes to grant the 33-year-old shortstop his unconditional release.

    Reyes spent the first nine years of his MLB career with the Mets after signing with the organization as an amateur in 1999. He has also played with the Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and the Rockies since leaving New York following the 2011 season.

    As of mid-afternoon Friday, only 124 people had signed the petition. Meanwhile, some Mets fans were bothered that another fan of the team would try to stop the franchise from signing Reyes.

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  • Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli erect Jobu shrine in Indians' clubhouse

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Jason Kipnis and Mike Napoli have both had their struggles at times this season, but neither has gone through a prolonged slump at the plate that would seem to require going to extremes, such as, well, Voodoo. Apparently, one or both of the aforementioned Cleveland Indians thought it might help themselves or the club to bring Jobu statues into the Progressive Field locker room and construct a small shrine to the fictional doll made popular in the 1989 film "Major League." We celebrated the film's 25th anniversary here two years ago.

    In the movie, slugger Pedro Cerrano practices Voodoo and prays to Jobu because his bats are sick and cannot hit a curveball. It’s unclear if Kipnis and Napoli believe a similar plague has befallen their bats, but Kipnis did tell Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com that having the makeshift shrine to Jobu in the locker room between his and Napoli’s lockers seems to be working.

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  • Mini Thor might have provided most adorable first pitch ever

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

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    New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was scheduled to pitch Wednesday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals and that provided the perfect opportunity to invite a 5-year-old boy named Ashtin Gerberg. who bears a striking resemblance to Syndergaard, to the ballpark to throw out the first pitch. Ashtin didn’t disappoint, heaving his best fastball almost all the way to the plate from the pitcher’s mound in Citi Field.

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    Kyle Ringo is a contributing writer to Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • The Walk Off: Chris Sale finds his groove again and wins 12th game

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start withthe pitcher with the most wins in the majors.

    TOP PERFORMERS

    MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT

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    Kyle Ringo is a contributing writer to Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at kyle.ringo@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KyleRingo

  • Minor leaguers belted home runs in derby staged on aircraft carrier

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    There has been a lot of talk about pitchers participating in the home run derby this season during the All-Star festivities or maybe a pitcher’s only derby. It seems like a fun twist on a tradition that seems to need updating every few years. But putting pitchers in the home run derby evens seems a bit lackluster compared to how the California and Carolina Leagues staged their home run derby this week in San Diego.

    .@Storm_Baseball hosted a home run derby on the @USSMidwayMuseum that was won by @BakoBlaze star. How it looked: pic.twitter.com/v1e3Bgb2kY

    The only thing cooler than actualy participating in this home run derby might have been retrieving the balls out in the ocean with these guys.

    Whoever hits this guy should win #MidwayClassic. pic.twitter.com/7c6liyKyFJ

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  • Umpire John Hirschbeck has scary encounter with flying, broken bat

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

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    It’s not unusual for umpires to get hurt while calling Major League Baseball games, but the vast majority of those bumps and bruises come to the man working behind the plate in a given game.

    Veteran umpire John Hirschbeck narrowly avoided what could have been a serious injury Tuesday night while working at first base in a rematch of last season’s World Series teams in New York. the Mets beat the Royals 2-1.

    Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer shattered his bat swinging at a pitch from New York Mets’ reliever Hansel Robles in the first inning. The main part of Hosmer’s bat flew down the first base line and landed next to Hirschbeck, who was clearly aware of the bat heading in his direction but never took his eyes of the ball, making sure he got the foul ball call correct as the ball headed down the line as well.

    That’s a perfectly executed play by Hirschbeck with a dangerous object that could have done real damage flying in his direction. It’s often said that umpires don’t get near the respect they deserve for the job they do, but that’s not the case this time around.

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  • Rays host Giants in the MLB Free Game of the Day

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Span used to make regular trips back to his hometown for games during the first five years of his major league career when he played in the American League for the Minnesota Twins.

    Trips home during the season are much more significant and special now that he has been in the National League for four seasons, three with the Washington Nationals and now this year with the Giants. Span has become a key member of this Giants team and one reason why San Francisco is 6.5 games ahead of rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West heading into Friday night’s game, which is Yahoo Sports’ MLB Free Game of the Day. That means you can stream it free on Yahoo’sSports Home, MLB index and video home. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET. Local blackouts apply, per MLB’s rules.

    Returning to Tampa isn’t just a chance to Span to see his mom and plenty of other familiar faces. It’s also a chance for him to briefly reconnect with a community he continues to give back to more than a decade after graduating from Catholic High School.

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  • Yordano Ventura surprises two kids with visit to lemonade stand

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Just a week ago, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was cast as a villain for throwing a 99-mph pitch at Baltimore Orioles’ slugger Manny Machado that touched off a brawl between the two teams. Now, we’re seeing his softer side. Ventura, who was suspended for nine games for his role in that fight, stunned two brothers in Overland Park, Kan., this week when he stopped by their lemonade stand. They have pictures to prove it, forever earning bragging rights among their fellow neighborhood lemonade stand operators. Rahmeen Hirsch told the story to FOX4 news in Kansas City.

    Ventura not only paid over the kids' asking price for his lemonade, he also autographed a baseball and agreed to take photographs with the boys. The Hirsch brothers were also selling baseball cards at their lemonade stand. No word on whether Ventura bought any.

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  • The Walk Off: Rockies overcome Gerardo Parra injury to beat Yankees

    Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew 3 mths ago

    Shortstop Trevor Story has done a lot of good with his bat for the Colorado Rockies in his impressive rookie season, but he came close to doing some serious damage to his team Tuesday night. Story chased a fly ball into shallow left field in the third inning against the New York Yankees. Outfielder Gerardo Parra called him off, and Story went to the ground trying to avoid a collision but he ended up rolling up Parra’s leg, giving him a sprained ankle and causing him to be taken off the field on a cart. Parra, the biggest free agent addition to the Rockies in the offseason, is listed as day-to-day following the incident but could miss some time depending on how he feels Wednesday. He is batting .263 this season with five home runs and 27 RBI. Fortunately, outfield is a position of strength and depth for Colorado and one of those players came through with a big night to help Colorado overcome the loss of Parra in a 13-10 win. Carlos Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI in beating the Yankees, who didn’t get their bats warmed up until later in the game and fell short in a comeback attempt. Story also managed to redeem himself somewhat for his mistake in the field by hitting a home run and driving in three runs. Ryan Raburn, the man who replaced Parra after the injury, also hit a home run.