- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox already added one Cuban outfielder in their quick tear-down-and-rebuild, acquiring Yoenis Cespedes in a deal for Jon Lester. Now the Red Sox are close to adding another sought-after Cuban: outfielder Rusney Castillo, an MLB-ready 27-year-old who looks likely to fill the gap left by Jacoby Ellsbury's departure.
According to Jesse Sanchez and Ian Browne of MLB.com, the Red Sox are close to finalizing a seven-year, $72 million deal, which would be a record for an international free agent. Castillo's contract would reportedly start immediately and end after the 2020 season. The Red Sox haven't confirmed the deal. Fellow Cuban Jose Abreu's six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox currently stands as the most expensive for an intenational free agent.Sat, Aug 2310:35 AM PDTSeattle at BostonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
A night earlier, people were freaking out about pitchers in Los Angeles. Then Clayton Kershaw and Matt Shoemaker came along to console L.A. baseball fans with dominant outings.
We'll start with Kershaw. He and the Los Angeles Dodgers were a bit out of order. Zack Greinke got pushed back from his spot in the rotation. Kershaw got pushed up. There were fears about Greinke's elbow. So Kershaw started Thursday against the San Diego Padres.
It doesn't bring any certainty to Greinke's situation (he'll supposedly start Saturday), but Kershaw came out and dominated again. He notched his 15th win of the season, tying him for the most in baseball, while striking out 10 and giving up one run on three hits.Sat, Aug 236:10 PM PDTNY Mets at LA DodgersPreview Game
In the end, only one of the Little League World Series' big stories could survive, and it wouldn't be Mo'ne Davis.
Davis, the 13-year-old girl pitcher who captured the nation's attention, and her Taney Dragons team from Philadelphia were eliminated from the tournament Thursday. Chicago's Jackie Robinson West, which made headlines because it's made up entirely of black players, won the game 6-5 and advances to the U.S. finals.
At some point, this improbable streak the Washington Nationals are riding will end — but it wasn't happening Thursday.
The Nats won their 10th straight game, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 on a walk-off error in the bottom of the ninth inning. Of the Nats' last six wins, five of them have been walk-offs, which is a crazy kind of luck that the team and its fans have started to call #WalkOffCity.
Denard Span was in the hero role this time. He singled in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, then stole second. Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to third, which Jordan Pacheco of Arizona threw into the camera well beyond first base. That meant Span went to third base and was awarded home.
It was a little strange. Being "awarded" a walk-off win summons confusion. But a 10-game winning streak accepts victories of all types.Sat, Aug 231:05 PM PDTSan Francisco at WashingtonPreview Game
On Thursday, the Brewers finally got Hank the Dog, the most famous canine in baseball, in a room with his namesake — the great Hank Aaron, who played 12 seasons with the Milwaukee Braves, then finished his career as a Milwaukee Brewer.Sat, Aug 234:10 PM PDTPittsburgh at MilwaukeePreview Game
Garrett Richards' injured knee, it turns out, is as bad as it looked.
The Los Angeles Angels ace has a torn patella tendon in left knee, the team announced Thursday. It will require surgery and keep him out six to nine months. His season, obviously, is done and he could miss the start of 2015.
Richards was on the ground in agony Wednesday night after his knee buckled while racing to cover first base. It happened in the second inning of the Angels' game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Richards was eventually carried off the field, sent to the hospital, then flown back to L.A. on Thursday morning for an MRI.Sat, Aug 236:05 PM PDTLA Angels at OaklandPreview Game
David Price couldn't have been much better than he was Thursday facing his old teammates for the first time. The offense of his new team, the Detroit Tigers, on the other hand, could have helped Price a lot more in his return to Tropicana Field to face the Tampa Bay Rays.
Price threw a complete game one-hitter, striking out nine and retiring 23 straight batters — and he lost! The Tigers couldn't muster a single run of support to help Price, who was essentially one pitch from a no-hitter. His counterpart, Alex Cobb, was great too. Giving up just two hits and striking out six in seven scoreless innings, as the Rays won 1-0.
The only baserunners against Price came in the first inning. After getting a standing ovation from Rays fans when he took the mound, Price allowed a triple to the third batter, Brandon Guyer. That scored Ben Zobrist, who had reached on an error an at-bat earlier.Sat, Aug 2310:07 AM PDTTampa Bay at TorontoPreview Game
Chris Rock isn't Jim Harbaugh, that's for sure. Which is to say, the famous comedian very obviously isn't a foul-ball hawkwhen he visits a baseball stadium.
At Thursday's Houston Astros-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium (which the Yankees won 3-0), Rock was seated right behind the visitor's dugout. Jon Singleton of the Astros hit a looping foul ball toward Rock's seat. The comic didn't make a great play on it. He stood up, holding his phone in one hand, sort of trying to catch the ball, sort of trying to protect his head.
But the ball landed and Rock reached down and grabbed it, so it was his. Just not for long.
He immediately found a kid sitting nearby and handed the ball off. Chris Rock's a smart man. He knows people of the Internet would have whined and complained if he kept the ball, the rich getting richer and whatnot.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
Garrett Richards' breakout season for the Los Angeles Angels is in jeopardy after a gruesome left knee injury sustained Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox.
Richards, the team's best pitcher, was running to cover first base in the second inning when his knee buckled. He tumbled to the ground and lay in agony while trainers huddled around him. He was on the ground for about eight minutes before being carted off the field on a stretcher.
From the stretcher, Richards signaled to his teammates and to the Red Sox fans who applauded him, as he was taken to the clubhouse. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says it's a a patellar injury.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 days ago
The 25th anniversary of Pete Rose being banned from MLB is Sunday and baseball's controversial hit king sat down for an interview with ESPN to mark the occasion. Like most things Pete Rose, the interview — which aired Wednesday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" — was far from mundane.
The headline born from it: Rose says 25 years ago when he signed an agreement to be banished for life, it was a mistake. He thought he'd only been suspended for a season.
He told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap:
"It was a mistake because I didn't read the fine print," Rose said. "When I signed that agreement, if you looked at my news conference the day I was suspended ... I looked at it really as a year suspension. To this day, I have no idea why my lawyers would accept a lifetime suspension. Sure, I'm there listening to them, but most players when I played, when you look at your contract and stuff, you don't read the fine print."