Mark Townsend

  • Questionable strike call ends A's comeback, inspires funny tweet from Nick Punto's wife

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago

    The American League West race is close enough in mid-July that it's easy to envision a photo finish between the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Angels. Entering play on Saturday, Oakland holds a 2 1/2 game lead over LA, with the Seattle Mariners lurking in the distance at eight games back. It's a race that, as the old baseball cliches suggests, could come down to one game, one play, and even one pitch, to decide a winner.

    With that in mind, there was an awfully big pitch during Friday night's battle between the A's and Mariners at Safeco Field. With the tying run at third, two outs and a 3-2 count on Oakland's Nick Punto, Seattle closer Fernando Rodney pumped in a fastball that at first glance appeared to be up and off the plate. Punto agreed with that assessment and laid off the pitch thinking he'd drawn a game-extending walk. However, home plate umpire James Hoye rang him up to end the game and give Seattle a 3-2 win.

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    Sun, Jul 13
    1:10 PM PDT
    Oakland at Seattle
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  • Billy Hamilton avoids tag with acrobatic leap and incredible dive

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago

    The "Human Highlight Film" nickname that once belonged to NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins may need to come out of retirement. Cincinnati Reds rookie Billy Hamilton is staking his claim to assume that title on an almost nightly basis, and if so given threatens to take it to all new heights.

    That's not hype. That's not overstating his speed, quickness or athleticism. That's just truth. And if you don't believe it, perhaps you should check out his slick baserunning move on Friday night that turned an easy out into a scintillating bunt single.

    It happened on the first pitch Hamilton saw leading off the first inning. Hamilton's gameplan was to push the bunt past Pittsburgh's left-handed pitcher Jeff Locke on the first base side, which he was able to do. However, he bunted the ball way too hard, which allowed first baseman Gaby Sanchez to scoop it up and run to the line for an easy tag.

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  • Twins' fan who once shaved Joe Mauer's jersey into back hair now supports Brian Dozier

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    He's back!

    The traveling Minnesota Twins fan who once made headlines for shaving Joe Mauer's name and No. 7 into his back hair, jersey style, has returned to the national spotlight. This time around, he's showing his support for shortstop Brian Dozier, who on Monday night will represent the Twins during the Home Run Derby. 

    Ultimate Dozier fan @geoffreytweets @thecheeseball19 @nickgroke pic.twitter.com/KFRyYxi6l9

    When we first saw the fan in 2011 he was in Milwaukee taking in an interleague game against the Brewers. He also made an appearance at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City in 2012 reppin' Mauer. On Friday, he ventured to Coors Field to watch as the Twins fell to the Rockies 6-2. Probably not the result he was looking for, but, hey, at least his guy Dozier had a nice game with a single, double and walk.

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    Sun, Jul 13
    1:10 PM PDT
    Minnesota at Colorado
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