- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew53 mins ago
Though there was a lot of anger and frustration being vented by the San Francisco Giants late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, few expected their official protest of the unbelievable tarp incident at Wrigley Field to actually pay off.
Less than 24 hours later, we all stand together stunned and corrected.
Source: Giants prevail in protest of tarp-snafu game. Game to be resumed at 4 pm Thursday before reg scheduled games. To start B5. Cubs 2-0.LiveSan Francisco4 - 0Chi CubsFollow Game
By 2015, all 30 teams in Major League Baseball are required to have metal detectors installed as an extra security measure as fans enter the ballpark. Many teams have been slowly implementing metal detectors this season, including the Minnesota Twins, who hosted the All-Star game, and the Seattle Mariners, who had them ready for their team's fanfest in January. And now the New York Yankees will join that group after announcing that metal detectors will be in place and operating at select Yankee Stadium entrances starting on Tuesday.
“Nothing is more important to us at Yankee Stadium than the safety of the fans we serve,” Yankees Chief operating officer Lonn Trost said in a statement. “To that end, we are committed to the procedures that Major League Baseball and the Department of Homeland Security have asked us to implement. We want our fans to feel safe in Yankee Stadium, and our staff is dedicated to maintaining the highest security standards possible.”LiveHouston1 - 1NY YankeesFollow Game
The Tampa Bay Rays played in front of their second home sellout crowd of the season on Saturday, but it didn't feel anything like home with the New York Yankees and especially Derek Jeter in town. The Yankees' captain, who has already announced his retirement effective at season's end, was cheered at every turn, including a standing ovation prior to his first plate appearance of the game, and extended chants in the ninth inning after he delivered the go-ahead and ultimately game-winning single.
The first at-bat ovation is something that has been occurring regularly during Jeter's farewell tour, regardless of which stadium he's playing in. However, the ninth-inning response on Saturday is a little different story, and a lot more awkward when it appears the home fans are rooting against the home team.
Not surprisingly, that didn't sit well with Rays manager Joe Maddon. What is surprising, however, is how strongly Maddon spoke out about the situation, and particularly against Rays fans.LiveDetroit1 - 0Tampa BayFollow Game
There are advantages and disadvantages to having seats right behind the dugout.
On one hand, it increases the odds of catching a foul ball or having a player or coach toss a souvenir in your direction, especially if you bring the kids along. On the other hand, if you do bring the kids along and they end up with a souvenir, they may be more tempted to play catch with the people they see on TV.
According to Cut 4, that's what happened to Jason Tighe of Russellville, Mo during Saturday night's game in St. Louis. During the first inning, San Diego's Seth Smith hit a pop foul behind the third base dugout that Tighe snagged with his glove. Tighe quickly and excitedly handed the ball to his young son, Noah, and Noah's first thought was to throw the ball to the closest man in uniform.
So he did. And rather impressively, too. His throw cleared the dugout and ended up back on the field near Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman.
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is piling up the milestones and moving up the all-time ranks at a pretty good clip this season. With a huge offensive performance in Saturday's 10-7 win over the Houston Astros, that surge continued.
Ortiz's first big hit came in the third inning when he launched a two-run home run into the center-field seats at Fenway Park, giving him 400 during his 12-year career in a Red Sox uniform. In doing so, Ortiz became just the 25th player in major league history to hit 400 home runs with one team, and only the third Red Sox player to do it, joining Hall of Famers Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452).
When you're talking about Boston Sports and specifically the Red Sox, the company doesn't get any better than those two names.
''It's an honor to be mentioned with those legends that were with the Red Sox,'' Ortiz said. ''When you come to this organization to play, you're not expecting to be mentioned with those guys.''LiveLA Angels1 - 3BostonFollow Game
Ater being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow on July 10, the baseball world awaited what seemed to be inevitable news that New York Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka would require season-ending Tommy John surgery. However, just a little more than one month later, Tanaka is still attempting to rehab with an eye towards avoiding surgery, and so far the scales seem to be tipping in his favor.
On Saturday morning, Tanaka threw 25 fastballs off a bullpen mound for the first time since receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection three weeks ago, and the news is definitely encouraging.
“I think we’re heading in the right direction,” Tanaka said. “So I feel really good about it.”
Tanaka said he wasn’t throwing at 100 percent effort, but he also said this felt like a better session than his first bullpen of spring training.
“I felt that I was able to throw the way that wanted to,” he said. “… I was able to get through it without any pain.”
A wild week in the American League standings continued on Saturday with changes coming in two playoff positions. Beginning in the AL West, the Los Angeles Angels moved into a virtual tie atop the division — the Angels are percentage points ahead — thanks to their 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers and Oakland's 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
That means Sunday will mark the first day since April 28 that Oakland won't enter play with the division lead to themselves. If you can imagine it, Oakland was actually tied with the Texas Rangers at that point as both teams were 15-10. Thanks largely to injuries, the Rangers now own the worst record in baseball at 47-76.
For the Angels, it will be their first day (excluding opening day) owning a share of first place since July 5, 2011. To get there on Saturday, they had to make up four games over a four-game stretch, so they're definitely taking advantage of the A's rare extended slump (now a four-game losing streak).
'When it rains it pours' may have been a good way to describe the Colorado Rockies luck over the past few seasons. Unfortunately, in 2014, things are going so poorly that even when it doesn't rain, the Rockies find themselves under water and searching for a way to the surface.
We're only half-joking on the latter, because prior to Saturday night's scheduled game against the Cincinnati Reds, a water main popped on Blake Street right outside the ticket booth at Coors Field, causing the game to first be delayed and then eventually postponed.
Here's a look at the scene about 25 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch.
A water main broke right outside the ticket booths at Coors Field today. They're not letting people down Blake St FYI pic.twitter.com/ztBuxlGcWmWed, Aug 205:40 PM PDTKansas City at ColoradoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 days ago
It seems every team has had at least one beef with the new expanded replay system, which is to be expected in its first season of use. However, no team has had more bad luck with expanded replay than the Boston Red Sox, and that unfortunate trend continued in Friday night's 5-3 loss to the Houston Astros as manager John Farrell ended up losing two challenges on one wild play.
With Boston clinging to a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning, Houston mounted a threat with runners at first and second and two outs. The batter, Matt Dominguez, hit a humpback liner into an awkward spot that forced shortstop Xander Bogaerts to wait back and field it on a hop. That little bit of hesitation coupled with a less than smooth glove-to-hand exchange allowed Dexter Fowler, who was running from first, to beat Bogaerts' underhand toss to Dustin Pedroia by an eyelash.
Second base umpire Pat Hoberg was right there to make the call, ruling Fowler safe.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 days ago
Everybody has a bad day at the office every now and then. Unfortunately for ball boys and ball girls around MLB, their bad days are often on display for rather large audiences to witness and ridicule.
Such was the case for the ball boy stationed along the left field line at Turner Field on Friday night, although unlike most of his peers, his blunder didn't really involve him interfering with play, but rather his awkward attempt to do just the opposite.
As we all know, the first real rule of being a good ball boy or ball girl is to avoid interfering with a live ball at all costs. There are several reasons this rule exists, the most notable of them being that any type of interference with play is universally frowned upon, to the point that fans who violate said rule are usually ejected from the stadium. Ball boys and girls are not punished to that degree because they're considered part of the stadium staff. However, their punishment often comes in the form of embarrassment, which may actually be worse.