- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox outfield flashed some serious leather on Wednesday night with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and left fielder Jonny Gomes each laying out to make sensational diving catches. Bradley's catch, especially, was a gem as it wowed the crowd and took away sure extra bases from Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.
Unfortunately, the outfield had a couple hiccups as well. Well, to be more specific, Gomes had a couple hiccups, which is more along the lines of what you'd expect from the below average defender.
His first miscue happened in the fourth inning when he lost Alejandro De Aza's fly ball in the sun, allowing him to reach with a triple. Fortunately, that didn't lead to any damage physically or on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, Gomes had trouble again, misjudging Flowers' towering fly ball against the Green Monster, and this time the result was much worse for him personally as the ball appeared to glance off the wall and then smack him right in the face.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Those anxious to write off Albert Pujols will have to take another step back after the Los Angeles Angels slugger delievered a game-changing home run on Wednesday afternoon. After the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed a one run lead in the sixth inning, Pujols answered one inning later with two-run home run that just eluded the outstretched glove of Colby Rasmus and bounced off the top of the center-field fence to give Los Angeles an 8-7 lead, which would be the game's final score.
The home run was Pujols' 20th homer of the season and 512th of his career, tying him with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 21st place all-time. And more importantly to Angels starter C.J. Wilson, it's the one that helped fans forget his fourth inning exit after allowing four runs.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The injury bug has been eating away at the New York Yankees all season long, but on Wednesday it seemed determined to go for the kill.
Not long after the team announced All-Star pitcher and potential AL Rookie of the Year Masahiro Tanaka was headed to the disabled list and back to New York for an MRI and exam on his right arm, designated hitter Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup after being hit in the face by his own batted ball during batting practice.
Typically, batting practice mishaps and injuries come about when a player is in the field and loses track of the ball, but there have been rare instances where the ball hits the cage itself and comes back at the batter. As YES clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits explains, the latter wasn't the case here.Thu, Jul 104:05 PM PDTNY Yankees at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The San Francisco Giants are considering taking a stand against culturally insensitive attire and use of culturally insensitive language by instituting a ban against both at AT&T Park.
According to USA TODAY, the Giants were motivated to consider a change following an alleged incident at Native American Heritage Night on June 23. Two Native Americans who were attending the event, April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, reportedly approached a group of men who were wearing and passing around fake headdresses to tell them it was disrespectful to their culture, which the Giants intended to honor that evening. One of the Native Americans asked for a headdress and then declined to return it, which led to security and police being called and both being forcefully detained.
Here's video of the incident, which was taken by Bighorse:
Naturally, the video led to outrage within the local Native American community, and on July 1, they came together to stage a protest outside AT&T Park.Thu, Jul 1012:45 PM PDTOakland at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
There will be a lot of roster shuffling between now and Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the first notable change comes as a result of the New York Yankees placing starter Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list on Wednesday. While Tanaka heads back to New York for an MRI on his arm, his fellow countryman, Koji Uehera, has been named as his replacement on the AL All-Star roster.Thu, Jul 101:05 PM PDTChi White Sox at BostonPreview Game
The future of the Colorado Rockies appeared bright when Troy Tulowitzki (10 years, $157.75 million) and Carlos Gonzalez (seven years, $80 million) each signed contract extensions prior to the 2011 season.
At the time, the franchise was coming off two postseason appearances in the past four seasons, including a stunning and historic run to the World Series in 2007, and a strong foundation appeared to be in place with two legitimate All-Stars in the lineup and Ubaldo Jimenez emerging as one of the top pitchers in the National League.
Unfortunately, the results since haven't matched the expectations. Three losing seasons later — with a fourth well underway — the mood has significantly changed in Colorado's clubhouse, and the frustration that goes along with failing to meet personal — and at one time national — expectations appears to finally be catching up with the Rockies All-Star duo.
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Everybody enjoys offensive fireworks on the Fourth of July, but pitching was the name of the game at O.co Coliseum on Friday afternoon. The Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays hooked up for one of the best duels of the season, with both offenses failing to crack the scoreboard until deep into extra innings. It wasn't until Nick Punto's double with one out in the 12th inning that Oakland could celebrate a 1-0 victory, but even that needed some defensive assistance.
With catcher Derek Norris running from first, it appeared he'd be held at third base on Punto's shot down the left field line. However, left fielder Melky Cabrera had all kinds of issues and was unable to cut the ball off before it reached the corner. All he could do was helplessly chase after it as Norris got the green light and trotted home with the winner.
The Fourth of July brings fireworks in the sky and apparently this year fireworks on the MLB trade front as well. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Oakland A's have acquired one of the top starting pitchers believed to be available on the market in Chicago Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. The A's have also landed starter Jason Hammel, who also comes over from the Cubs, in exchange for top prospect Addison Russell, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Dan Straily and a player to be named later.
Both Rosenthal and CBS Sports.com’s Jon Heyman reported that discussions were serious early Friday evening and that a third team and several more players may be involved. That possibility remains, but it's said both Samardzija and Hammel have been informed they're headed to Oakland.
We can definitely gather from this trade that A's general manager Billy Beane believes he has a special roster and wants to give his team every chance to get over the hump and play deep into the postseason with an eye toward a World Series championship.Thu, Jul 109:35 AM PDTChi Cubs at CincinnatiPreview Game
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Another day, another replay first that's surrounded by confusion?
That was definitely the case at Target Field on Friday afternoon after New York Yankees third baseman Zelous Wheeler made an incredible, must-see catch while falling into the Yankees dugout, only to have it overturned by a review that never should have taken place.
The play happened in the ninth inning wiith New York holding on to a one-run lead. Sam Fuld led off for Minnesota by hitting a high popup that took Wheeler to the edge of the dugout. Wheeler ended making a dangerous catch as he lost his balance and disappeared down the dugout steps. Thankfully, he landed on his feet and was uninjured.
It was a great effort and a better catch to secure what appeared to be a critical first out. However, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't hesitate to ask for a review. There was no question that Wheeler caught the ball and maintained possession, but Gardenhire questioned whether or not Wheeler's feet were outside the dugout when he made the play. It's basically MLB's version of a sideline catch in the NFL
New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia suffered a setback with his ailing right knee this week and there's a growing concern that his condition will force him to miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Sabathia was out on a rehab assignment when he began experiencing some renewed swelling in the knee following his last start. Fluid was drained and an appointment with Dr. James Andrews was scheduled for Monday.
Those are dreaded words within the world of professional sports, so the Yankees will hold their collective breath as they await a new report.
When asked if he thought Sabathia would miss the final three months, manager Joe Girardi already seemed resigned to the possibility becoming reality, simply responding “I think that’s probably fair to say.”
According to Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog, Sabathia has significant damage to the cartilage in his right knee and might require microfracture surgery. If that's the case, it would cast a larger shadow beyond just what Sabathia's status will be in 2014.