Mark Townsend

  • Jose Bautista pranks Yankees fans with fake toss, Yankees' fans get even

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    You messed with the wrong group of fans, Jose Bautista.

    The fans who make up the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium are a passionate bunch, and there's no doubt they're a little extra surly this September with the Yankees heading for an early vacation and Derek Jeter headed for retirement.

    That thought probably didn't cross Bautista's mind on Saturday afternoon when he playfully pump-faked and teased a souvenir toss after catching the final out of an inning during Toronto's 6-3 victory. Naturally, the fans all took the bait, thinking Bautista was being a nice guy — which he often is — but their collective disappointment was immediately clear as every arm dropped faster than Masahiro Tanaka's best splitter.

    A few of those arms probably reappeared with a message for Bautista, but thankfully the cameras didn't pick that up. Besides, they had a better way to get even anyway, and that opportunity would actually come before the next defensive inning.

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  • Salvador Perez's baserunning error confuses umpires, proves costly for Royals

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago

    This weekend's Tigers-Royals series definitely has a postseason feel to it. And really, what's a postseason series without something bizarre or controversial happening?

    We definitely saw one of the strangest, most confusing plays of the season in Saturday's game. With the game tied at one in the sixth inning and Kansas City threatening with runners on second and third and one out, Omar Infante hit a soft liner that second baseman Ian Kinsler snatched with relative ease for the second out. 

    It was a routine play, and that should have been the end of it. However, Kinsler got a little greedy and attempted to double off Eric Hosmer at second base.

    There was never a real play to be made, and Kinsler's odd decision appeared disastrous as the throw sailed past a seemingly unprepared shortstop Eugenio Suarez. After Hosmer tagged up at second base, he moved to third safely. Meanwhile, Salvador Perez, who was running at third, took off for home and appeared to score the go-ahead run.

    One problem. Unlike Hosmer, he never retagged the base.

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