Mark Townsend

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

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 33 mins 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 hrs 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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  • Ruben Tejada gets inside-the-park homer after Domonic Brown tumbles over wall

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 hrs ago

    The New York Mets season has been filled with memorable moments, both thrilling and unique.

    On Wednesday, they added one that fits under both categories when Ruben Tejada raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

    Of course, inside-the-park home runs are always thrilling because of the drama involved. There's a race going on as the runner flies around the bases and the fielders chase down the ball, hoping to relay it back to the infield in time. In this case though, the circumstances were definitely unique as Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown actually tumbled over the wall down the right field line, allowing Tejada to get a major head start.

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    Ouch.

    The fall looked like it could be bad for Brown. He was obviously shaken up after banging his knees and landing hard on the concrete, but remained in the game initially. He was removed from the game later however due to concussion concerns. 

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  • Doctors suggest limiting Matt Harvey to 180 innings: Will it impact Mets postseason push?

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 5 hrs ago

    As The Stew's Chis Cwik wrote earlier on Wednesday,the New York Mets are being very cautious when it comes to handling their young pitchers.

    They've already skipped Matt Harvey once in August. They have designs on skipping rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard this weekend. And they also fully intend on returning to a six-man rotation with the return of Steven Matz. 

    Those are all protective measures instituted to limit the innings on their young arms. With Harvey, though, it's proving to be a little more complicated as doctors have advised the Mets to limit his innings to 180.

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    Without question, this is one storyline that needs to be followed closely down the stretch.

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  • Eight-year-old meets Mike Trout after undergoing life-changing eye surgery

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Your browser does not support iframes. The best thing about Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout isn't that he's among the very best players in the game today, it's that he's also among the most caring, compassionate and giving.

    Prior to a recent Angels home game, Trout's genuine kindness was on display again when he spent much of his day hanging out with eight-year-old Thomas Walkup.

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    Walkup, who's also from Trout's hometown of Millville, New Jersey, wasn't in California for a family vacation or to meet up with Trout specifically. He was legally blind due to a condition called “shaky eye syndrome” and traveled there to undergo life-changing surgery.

    We're happy to say Walkup's vision has improved greatly since undergoing the operation, which was funded in part by the people of Millville and nearby communities.

    There was no hesitation on Trout or the Angels part, and Walkup's improving spirits were raised even higher after spending the day at Angel Stadium.

  • A's unsuccessfully attempted to have 2016 schedule altered due to travel concerns

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    The Oakland A's likely cringe every time the next season's schedule comes out. Along with the Seattle Mariners, they travel the most miles annually due to their location and the location of other teams in their division, and they knew 2016 would be no different.

    Only this time, it kind of was different.

    As Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the A's were truly upset after learning of their 2016 travel schedule, which they considered to be brutal in comparison to previous seasons. 

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    Here's more from Slusser's report.

    It sure seems like the A's have good reason to be annoyed, but there's really nothing they can do other than point out the issues and hope they aren't repeated.

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  • Randy Flores hired as Cardinals scouting director in aftermath of hacking scandal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    For all the success and stability the St. Louis Cardinals have enjoyed over the past 15 years, they've recently experienced a surprising amount of turnover atop their scouting department.

    On Friday, they added another new face to the department, hiring former reliever Randy Flores as their fourth different director of amateur scouting in the past five seasons. Flores takes over for Chris Correa, who was dismissed earlier this summer after admitting to having a role in the Cardinals’ breach of the Astros’ computer network.

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    Correa was with the Cardinals long enough to oversee their 2015 draft, but took an extended leave of absence soon after and was ultimately fired on July 2 amid the investigation.

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  • Lance Lynn carves up Giants, injures ankle in Cardinals win

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 3 days ago

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    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.

    It was a bittersweet afternoon for Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn.

    On the plus side, he was excellent on the hill, silencing the San Francisco Giants bats for seven scoreless innings in the Cardinals 6-0 victory. Lynn allowed six hits, walked two and struck out two en route to his 11th win.

    On the down side, he was forced from the game with an ankle injury that according to reports looked worse than it actually was.

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    That sets up the rubber match on Sunday with Jaime Garcia facing off against Chris Heston. 

    MIKE FIERS STAY HOT FOR ASTROS

    Coming off a dominant no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in his previous outing, Houston Astros right-hander Mike Fiers stayed hot in their 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.

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  • Fan dies after falling from upper deck at Turner Field

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    A fan has died after falling from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field during Saturday's Yankees-Braves game.

    The tragic incident occurred while the Yankees were batting in the seventh inning. Alex Rodriguez had just been announced as a pinch-hitter when Fox Sports 1 play-by-play man Justin Kutcher reacted to the fan's fall and suggested play be halted.

    Most of the crowd went unaware initially as their attention was focused on Rodriguez. The players and fans appeared unaware as well, as the action continued without interruption.

    Before Rodriguez settled in, the Fox Sports 1 broadcast briefly flashed a shot of the crowd as stunned fans looked on and medical personnel quickly arrived on the scene.

    Here's more from the Associated Press: 

    Bad scene, fan fell from an upper deck behind home plate. They spent 5-10 minutes trying to revive him, took him on out body board

    The fan was taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta and was later pronounced dead from his injuries. 

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  • Mets acquire former D-Backs closer Addison Reed to solidify bullpen

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    Even with his New York Mets holding a six-game lead in the National League East, general manager Sandy Alderson is still looking for ways to solidify his roster.

    On Saturday, he went for an upgrade in the bullpen, acquiring Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    ESPN New York's Adam Rubin was the first to report a deal was in place, pending the physical.

    Source: #Mets acquire Addison Reed from #Dbacks pending physical.

    Newsday's Marc Carig has since confirmed the deal, noting that Reed will likely be a two month rental since he'll likely carry an expensive arbitration price tag.

    Here's how the rest of the deal shakes out. 

    The #Dbacks will get Matt Koch and Isan Diaz from #Mets once physicals are approved from YIV_FILTER_HOLDER_0002 in Addison Reed trade.

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