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  • Rockies' Drew Stubbs breaks World Record for worst slide

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Hide the Little Leaguers, we're about to witness the worst slide we'll see in baseball all season.

    The unfortunate subject of today's unfortunate posting is Colorado Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs.

    Coming in to play on Saturday night, Stubbs' season was actually going quite miserably so far. In his first 17 at-bats, he was hitless with 11 strikeouts and little else to show for his season in terms of positive contributions to the ballclub. Little did he know things were about to get worse during Saturday's 5-4, 11-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants.

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    Despite his offensive struggles, Rockies manager Walt Weiss still called Stubbs' number as part of a seventh-inning double switch. With the game on the line in the ninth inning, Weiss once again stuck with Stubbs, who delivered a game-tying fielder's choice.

    Third, well, there is no third.

    Tim Drew Stubbs Tebow

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  • Yasiel Puig placed on DL after latest hamstring setback

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Yasiel Puig is headed to the disabled for the first time in his young career after experiencing a setback with his ailing left hamstring. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the move prior to their finale against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon. 

    Puig, 24, has been dealing with a left hamstring strain for the better part of two weeks. The original injury kept him out of four games last week. He returned for the Dodgers series with San Francisco earlier this week, but aggravated the injury again during Friday's win in San Diego.   

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    Puig was also struck on the knee by a pitch on Friday. That injury isn't serious and played no role in worsening his hamstring issue.    

    Puig was actually well enough to hit in the batting cage on Sunday morning, but the Dodgers decided the DL is the way to go if they hope to get him right for the long haul. 

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  • Freddy Galvis makes like Andrelton Simmons to rob Braves of hit

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    This is interesting. It turns out Atlanta Braves defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons — that's his title, not his position — isn't the only shortstop capable of making breathtaking plays. His counterpart with the Philadelphia Phillies, Freddy Galvis, can flash some leather as well, and he can throw from awkward angles.

    That was proven on Saturday, when Galvis showed his skills off against Simmons' Braves.

    It happened in the sixth inning with Nick Markakis at the plate. Markakis hit a rocket with some slice to the shortstop side of second base that seemingly had plenty of steam to get through for a hit. Galvis, who was shaded up the middle, made a quick move to his left and cut the ball off with a diving stop.

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    That was step one. Galvis also had to collect himself and make a strong throw if he hoped to get Markakis. Rather than stand up, he did a full twist from his stomach to his knees to launch a crossbody throw, and it worked. Beautifully we might add.

    We echo that.

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  • Adam Wainwright placed on DL with Achilles injury, could miss season

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    It didn't looked good the moment Adam Wainwright hobbled out of the batter's box on Saturday in Miller Park with an apparent ankle or Achilles injury, and the news is no less encouraging on Sunday morning. 

    The Cardinals officially placed their long time ace on the disabled list Sunday morning. After labeling it only an ankle injury on Saturday, the team is now acknowledging the possibility of an Achilles injury, which likely has some hearts skipping a few beats in the clubhouse and back in St. Louis. 

    The team announced Wainwright will undergo an MRI on Monday in St. Louis. 

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    According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the early expectation is Wainwright suffered a torn Achilles, which would end his season immediately and put the Cardinals in an uphill battle to win another division championship or appear in a fourth straight NLCS. 

    Wainwright's comments after the game added to that expectation. 

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  • Adrian Beltre sent Garrett Richards an invoice for breaking three of his bats

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Until Saturday, we didn't think there was anything Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hated just as much or more than another human being touching his head. However, it would appear there's at least one other violation that falls into that category: Breaking his bat.

    During Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels, Beltre actually broke three bats during his encounters with Garrett Richards, who was making just his second major league start since last season's gruesome knee injury.

    The two veterans faced off three times, with Richards winning each battle decisively. Two came on routine ground outs, the third on a weak pop-up, and each came with a shattered piece of lumber. 

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    Beltre said it was the first time he had ever broken three bats in a game.

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  • Dodgers outslug Padres, lose Brandon McCarthy to injury

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.

    Saturday night was bittersweet for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The good news: Their bats were alive at one of baseball's most pitcher-friendly ballparks, Petco Park. In total, the Dodgers muscled up for four home runs in their 11-8 victory, including Adrian Gonzalez's NL-leading seventh. Gonzalez's three-run shot broke a 3-3 tie in the second inning, and the Dodgers never looked back from there.

    Andre Ethier got the scoring started with a two-run shot in the first. That was his second homer of the season. Howie Kendrick and Juan Uribe added insurance two-run homers in the fifth, which proved to be important in the outcome. 

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    MATT HARVEY GETS METS BACK ON TRACK

    BLUE JAYS LOSE, BUT MAKE HISTORY

    The Rays received four hits from Evan Longoria in the victory.

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  • Adam Wainwright leaves game with left ankle injury suffered while batting

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

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    St. Louis Cardinals fans everywhere are holding their breath Saturday night after ace Adam Wainwright was helped off the field at Miller Park with a lower leg injury.

    Wainwright suffered the injury while batting in the fifth inning. As Wainwright skied a popup on the infield, his left ankle twisted in the box. He then planted his left leg to run, but came up immediately hobbled.

    Upon first look, it was difficult to tell which leg Wainwright was favoring or what the injury might be. Obviously, there's always concern about the knee or the Achilles tendon on such plays. The replay points directly to the ankle, and as of right now that's how the Cardinals are labeling it. 

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    Wainwright suffered a left ankle injury and will be re-evaluated upon the team's return to St. Louis #STLCards

    Harris strikes Lind out with his first three ML pitches.

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  • Freddie Gray protestors flood Camden Street, attempt to disrupt Orioles game

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    On Saturday, protestors started gathering in the streets of Baltimore to express their anger over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who suffered a spinal injury that allegedly occurred while he was being arrested by Baltimore police.

    According to reports early in the day, the protests were mostly peaceful. However, as the day has gone along, the protests have become most destructive, with numerous reports of protestors throwing objects at police dressed in riot gear, and breaking out windows in police cars and buildings around Camden and Howard Street, which is right outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles.

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    There was some brief talk on social media about whether or not the game should go on as scheduled on Saturday. It would appear the Orioles, Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball never seriously entertained that thought as the game began on time. 

    Here's a look at the chaotic scene, courtesy of Encina and others. 

  • Adrian Gonzalez challenges radio host who called him slow to footrace

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Folks, we need to make something perfectly clear here. There's a reason major league players are what they are, major leaguers. And there's a reason the rest of us are left to talk and write about their accomplishments. 

    They're the best in the world at what they do, and although we may think we have an advantage or two in some athletic capacity — in some cases, it's possible we do — it's best to just leave well enough alone. Don't poke the angry bears, as they say. And certainly don't question their abilities or challenge them to anything competitive, because you're going to get their best and probably feel bad about it later.

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    That moment finally came this week.

    Gonzalez's response? An open challenge to a footrace, which took place before Friday's game at Petco Park in San Diego.

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    Make it happen!

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  • Josh Hamilton as a Ranger: The highs, lows and memorable moments

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The phrase "never say never" has never been more appropriate.

    A little more than two years after leaving the Texas Rangers in free agency, troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton is reportedly headed back to Texas via a stunning trade, which follows his much publicized relapse and falling out with the Los Angeles Angels.  It will reunite Hamilton with a team with which he shared many ups and downs.

    The deal has been agreed to, according to multiple reports and could become official in a matter of hours or days. According to Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers will take on less than $7 million of the $93 million remaining on Hamilton's contract. 

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    A few weeks later, he signed with the Angels. 

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