- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The walls have been slowly closing in around the Milwaukee Brewers this month, and they certainly won't feel any more comfortable in their surroundings following Friday's painful 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Brewers seized control of the game early, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning against returning Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, but the resilient Redbirds started pecking away with two runs in the fourth inning on Matt Adams' two-run homer. In the sixth, they plated four more runs. Kolten Wong led off the inning with a solo blast, while Jhonny Peralta added another two-run shot to even things up. Then in the ninth, Matt Holliday delivered the knockout punch with a solo home run off All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez.
It's the type of win the Cardinals have become known for. At a time when they too could be reeling - following the loss of Yadier Molina - they come off the deck fighting again until the final out.Fri, Jul 115:10 PM PDTSt. Louis at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
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.
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.Fri, Jul 115:40 PM PDTMinnesota at ColoradoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The New York Yankees will be without Masahiro Tanaka for at least six weeks after he was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his elbow on Thursday, and no one feels worse about that fact than Tanaka himself.
On Friday, the 25-year-old right-hander, who signed a seven-year, $155 million deal in the offseason, did something we rarely see in professional sports. He actually issued an apology to the Yankees organization, his teammates and the fans for getting injured. More specifically, he apologized for not being there to fight with them during what will undoubtedly be a difficult stretch.
“As recently announced from the team, I will be going through some treatment and rehab on my injured elbow over the next several weeks. I give everything I have every time I take the ball. With that, I also know that there will always be a risk of injury when playing this game that I love. Right now I feel that the most important thing for me is to keep my head up, remain focused on the task at hand and devote all my energy into healing the injury in order to come back strong.Fri, Jul 114:05 PM PDTNY Yankees at BaltimorePreview Game
The Boston Red Sox outfield flashed some serious leather on Wednesday night with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and left fielder Jonny Gomes each laying out to make sensational diving catches. Bradley's catch, especially, was a gem as it wowed the crowd and took away sure extra bases from Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.
Unfortunately, the outfield had a couple hiccups as well. Well, to be more specific, Gomes had a couple hiccups, which is more along the lines of what you'd expect from the below average defender.
His first miscue happened in the fourth inning when he lost Alejandro De Aza's fly ball in the sun, allowing him to reach with a triple. Fortunately, that didn't lead to any damage physically or on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, Gomes had trouble again, misjudging Flowers' towering fly ball against the Green Monster, and this time the result was much worse for him personally as the ball appeared to glance off the wall and then smack him right in the face.
Those anxious to write off Albert Pujols will have to take another step back after the Los Angeles Angels slugger delievered a game-changing home run on Wednesday afternoon. After the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed a one run lead in the sixth inning, Pujols answered one inning later with two-run home run that just eluded the outstretched glove of Colby Rasmus and bounced off the top of the center-field fence to give Los Angeles an 8-7 lead, which would be the game's final score.
The home run was Pujols' 20th homer of the season and 512th of his career, tying him with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 21st place all-time. And more importantly to Angels starter C.J. Wilson, it's the one that helped fans forget his fourth inning exit after allowing four runs.Fri, Jul 114:10 PM PDTToronto at Tampa BayPreview Game
The injury bug has been eating away at the New York Yankees all season long, but on Wednesday it seemed determined to go for the kill.
Not long after the team announced All-Star pitcher and potential AL Rookie of the Year Masahiro Tanaka was headed to the disabled list and back to New York for an MRI and exam on his right arm, designated hitter Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup after being hit in the face by his own batted ball during batting practice.
Typically, batting practice mishaps and injuries come about when a player is in the field and loses track of the ball, but there have been rare instances in which the ball hits the cage itself and comes back at the batter. As YES clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits explains, the latter wasn't the case here.
The San Francisco Giants are considering taking a stand against culturally insensitive attire and use of culturally insensitive language by instituting a ban against both at AT&T Park.
According to USA TODAY, the Giants were motivated to consider a change following an alleged incident at Native American Heritage Night on June 23. Two Native Americans who were attending the event, April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, reportedly approached a group of men who were wearing and passing around fake headdresses to tell them it was disrespectful to their culture, which the Giants intended to honor that evening. One of the Native Americans asked for a headdress and then declined to return it, which led to security and police being called and both being forcefully detained.
Here's video of the incident, which was taken by Bighorse:
Naturally, the video led to outrage within the local Native American community, and on July 1, they came together to stage a protest outside AT&T Park.Fri, Jul 117:15 PM PDTArizona at San FranciscoPreview Game
There will be a lot of roster shuffling between now and Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the first notable change comes as a result of the New York Yankees placing starter Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list on Wednesday. While Tanaka heads back to New York for an MRI on his arm, his fellow countryman, Koji Uehera, has been named as his replacement on the AL All-Star roster.Fri, Jul 115:10 PM PDTBoston at HoustonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 days ago
The future of the Colorado Rockies appeared bright when Troy Tulowitzki (10 years, $157.75 million) and Carlos Gonzalez (seven years, $80 million) each signed contract extensions prior to the 2011 season.
At the time, the franchise was coming off two postseason appearances in the past four seasons, including a stunning and historic run to the World Series in 2007, and a strong foundation appeared to be in place with two legitimate All-Stars in the lineup and Ubaldo Jimenez emerging as one of the top pitchers in the National League.
Unfortunately, the results since haven't matched the expectations. Three losing seasons later — with a fourth well underway — the mood has significantly changed in Colorado's clubhouse, and the frustration that goes along with failing to meet personal — and at one time national — expectations appears to finally be catching up with the Rockies All-Star duo.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 days ago
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Everybody enjoys offensive fireworks on the Fourth of July, but pitching was the name of the game at O.co Coliseum on Friday afternoon. The Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays hooked up for one of the best duels of the season, with both offenses failing to crack the scoreboard until deep into extra innings. It wasn't until Nick Punto's double with one out in the 12th inning that Oakland could celebrate a 1-0 victory, but even that needed some defensive assistance.
With catcher Derek Norris running from first, it appeared he'd be held at third base on Punto's shot down the left field line. However, left fielder Melky Cabrera had all kinds of issues and was unable to cut the ball off before it reached the corner. All he could do was helplessly chase after it as Norris got the green light and trotted home with the winner.