Mark Townsend

  • Great leaping Tulo: Troy Tulowitzki hops over Matt Wieters to avoid tag

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 40 mins ago

    Not much went right for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night during their 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

    That includes but is not limited to outfielder Ben Revere accidentally boosting a Matt Wieters fly ball over the wall for a home run.

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    With the Yankees win, Toronto also lost a full game off their lead in the AL East. They'll start Saturday's action with a mere a half-game lead over New York.

    With that in mind, if they were looking for any inspiration, they should focus on this incredible highlight from Troy Tulowitzki.

    What you're witnessing here is one strange sequence with a spectacular finish. 

    #TuloJump pic.twitter.com/EGvthO5SDd

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  • Matt Wieters hits home run thanks to unintentional assist from Ben Revere

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 9 hrs ago

    If this season feels like it's been one continuous highlight reel for outfielders, that's because it truly has been one continuous highlight reel for outfielders.

    From Kevin Pillar's early string of sensational leaps and dives, to the recent stretch of wild home run robberies, outfielders have been relentlessly dominating the defensive play of the year category.

    At least until Friday, when things went a little haywire in Toronto. 

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    The unfortunate turns of event was highlighted, or in this case lowlighted, by Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere. During Friday's 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Revere attempted to flag down Matt Wieters' long drive at Rogers Centre, and actually managed to propel it over the fence for the rare defense-aided home run.

    Unfortunately, Revere needed a couple more inches on his jump.

    Outfield assist. http://t.co/UgAkAukMfC pic.twitter.com/xI4yQADBsR

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  • Chris Davis goes deep twice, becomes first to reach 40 homers in Orioles win

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 11 hrs ago

    The only way to beat the Toronto Blue Jays these days is to out slug them. One of the few teams equipped to do that is the Baltimore Orioles, and that's exactly what they did Friday, riding the hot bat of Chris Davis to a 10-2 victory at Rogers Centre.

    Davis came into the game with three home runs in Baltimore's first two games during September. He added two more on Friday, connecting for a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run blast in the sixth. The second homer broke a 2-2 tie and gave Davis an even 40 on the season.

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    For Davis, it's the second time he's topped 40 homers during his eight-year career. He led all of MLB with 53 in 2013. With a full month left, he still has a decent shot at reaching 50 again this season. He's also the first player in MLB to reach the 40-homer plateau. Former teammate Nelson Cruz is one behind with 39. 

    PAIR OF WALKOFFS HELP NATIONALS

    The only thing wilder than a Friday night around MLB is a Friday night around MLB in September.

  • Addison Russell homers twice, makes history in Cubs' blowout win

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 14 hrs ago

    The Chicago Cubs showed no mercy on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, pummeling them 14-5 at sun-soaked Wrigley Field.

    Based on the final score, one might assume the wind was blowing out. That actually wasn't the case. In fact, at one point the wind appeared to be blowing in pretty strong from right field, but it couldn't stop the Cubs' sizzling offense from cracking four home runs.

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    Among the roundtrippers was a grand slam from Anthony Rizzo, which blew the game wide open in Chicago's eight-run fifth inning. Javier Baez also connected on a two-run shot to cap that rally. Then there was Addison Russell, who came through with his first career multi-homer game while batting ninth in manager Joe Maddon's batting order.

    Russell's performance was obviously significant on a personal level. But it was also historic based on his positioning in the order.

    As for Russell, he also did something notable in Cubs history.

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  • Royals fans work together to secure slippery foul ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 16 hrs ago

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    Though the main selling points of baseball are the individual stars and the marquee one-on-one matchups between between pitcher and batter, it's still a team sport that requires individuals working together for the greater good.

    For example, it takes at least two, often times three players to turn to a double play. It takes two players paying attention and working in sync to execute a hit-and-run or suicide squeeze. And if we move the focus away from the field, sometimes it even takes two — as in two fans — to corral a foul ball.

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    At least that's how things played out Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. A pair of fans who may or may not have known each other before hand, ended up in the same spot attempting to catch the same foul ball off the bat of Detroit's James McCann. Both were standing along the railing of the upper deck, and both ended up getting their hands on the ball.

    Regardless, it worked out, and both men were thrilled. 

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  • George Springer is back and ready for battle in UConn football helmet

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 18 hrs ago

    The Houston Astros lineup is about to become a little stronger and a lot more dynamic with the return of George Springer.

    The 25-year-old outfielder was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing two months with a fractured right wrist.

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    Springer figures to be in the lineup for all three games of their important weekend series against the Minnesota Twins, and based on his gear in the Astros clubhouse he's more than ready for battle.

    George Springer wearing a UConn football helmet as he talks to the media before his return to #Astros lineup. pic.twitter.com/I7MUP4gevb

    Maybe a little too ready.

    So he's not confused and he's certainly not looking to try out for the Houston Texans any time soon. He's just showing love to his former school.

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  • Crazy Legs Gardner: Yankees affiliate unveils Brett Gardner bobble-leg doll

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    When it comes to ballpark promotions, we always look to the minor leagues for next-level creativity and potential new trends.

    While we're not yet sure if this is a trendsetter, we know with certainty it falls under the category of innovative. The Tampa Yankees — Class A Advanced affiliate of the New York Yankees — will be giving away Brett Gardner bobble-leg dolls at Steinbrenner Field on Sept. 5.

    Yes, you read that correctly. A bobble-leg doll.

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    Take a look.

    Brett Gardner Bobble Legs Giveaway! http://t.co/KT3mnQQIaX pic.twitter.com/rKa3znDpp4

    At first you may have thought that meant the head is stationary and the legs do the bobbling. That would be incorrect. The head bobbles and the legs bobble too, giving fans twice the bobble.

    What a STEAL of a deal for the first 500 fans to walk through the gates on Saturday. 

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  • Clayton Kershaw goes the distance as Dodgers finish sweep of Giants

    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.

    When we're looking back at how the NL West was won in 2015, chances are we'll be talking about the just completed three-game series at Dodger Stadium.  

    At several points this season, it looked as though the Dodgers were poised to lose their grip and allow the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants to overtake them. That never happened, and now they have complete control again after sweeping the Giants out of town.

    The Dodgers completed the task behind Clayton Kershaw. Their star left-hander was on point in Wednesday's 2-1 victory, going the distance and striking out 15.

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    Speaking of strikeouts, Kershaw has now set a career-high with 251, and we still have four weeks to go. 

    Is Kershaw getting better?

    RYAN ZIMMERMAN AND JONATHAN PAPELBON SAVE THE NATS

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  • Chris Davis' walk-off home run wakes up sleeping fan at Orioles Park

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    The Baltimore Orioles were in a season-altering slump coming in to Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. 

    After losing 12 out of 13, the defending American League East champions have all but officially removed themselves from playoffs contention.

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    It's a disappointing reality to be sure, especially considering there were realistic expectations that they could repeat in a wide open division. With that in mind, it would be difficult to blame fans in Baltimore if they were feeling apathetic. In some cases, it might even render them sluggish or outright bored, to the point that they'd fall asleep in the bleachers at Orioles Park at Camden Yards.

    At least that appeared to be the case for one fan during Wednesday's game. He was spotted sprawled out over several seats in right-center during the 11th inning, but he received the ultimate wake-up call from Chris Davis.

    Hey bro, it's time to get up and celebrate. The Orioles just won a baseball game!

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  • Foul ball comes to eat, destroys Rangers fan's nachos

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 2 days ago

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    Spending a few hours at a major-league ballpark brings many layers of excitement and anticipation. There's the baseball game itself, the players, the atmosphere and the scenery, just to name a few of the more appealing attractions.

    Of course, there's also the delicious ballpark food. It doesn't matter if you're going for the biggest and best item on the menu, or a mid-game snack like popcorn or nachos and cheese, that's all part of what we look forward to.  

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    Unless this happens.

    All together, in slow motion. 

    Nooooooo!

    One always has to be aware, regardless of seating location. Just ask this other Rangers fan who lost her nachos and wore the cheese while sitting in the upper deck at Globe Life Park back in May. 

    That was a long-distance bull's-eye by Prince Fielder.

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