Mike Oz

  • Chris Sale vs. Felix Hernandez headlines Free Game of the Day

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 20 hrs ago

    If you’re one of those baseball fans who loves a top-flight pitching matchup, then Friday night has a great game for you: Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox hosting Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.

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    It’s two of the best pitchers in the American League the last five years and, great news, you can stream the game free, right here on Yahoo Sports. It’s our Free MLB Game of the day on the Yahoo Sports app, Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules. First pitch is 8:10 p.m. ET.

    What makes Sale one of the most daunting pitchers in baseball is that he has the stuff to throw a no-hitter any time he’s on the mound. In his last start, Sale threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight.

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  • Ben Zobrist singing ‘Let It Go’ with his daughter will make your day

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    The Chicago Cubs had a day off Thursday before starting a weekend series in L.A. against the Dodgers, so Ben Zobrist earned himself about a million dad points by taking his kids to Disneyland.

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    We’re in the dog days of August, folks, the time of year that baseball players cherish their days off. Doing a full day at Disneyland with three young children is exhausting for anyone, let alone someone whose job it is to play 162 baseball games per year.

    So kudos to Zobrist for not only braving Disneyland but also singing “Let It Go” from “Frozen” at the top of his lungs with his daughter during the evening fireworks show. It’s nothing short of adorable.

    A video posted by Ben Zobrist (@benzobrist18) on Aug 25, 2016 at 11:04pm PDT

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    It’s not easy to be a baseball dad, not with the intense schedule and long road trips. So apparently when Zobrist has the opportunity to go into full Dad mode at Disneyland he just … can’t hold it back anymore.

  • Rangers pitcher gets arrested for drunk driving, urinates on himself

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress was arrested for DWI after an early Friday morning traffic stop that, according to authorities, was equal parts dangerous and embarrassing.

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    Take it away, Dallas Morning News:

    He was stopped about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Uptown, in the 2400 block of Mahon Street near Maple Avenue and Cedar Springs Road, after he changed lanes without signaling and almost hit a car, police said.

    During sobriety tests, he could not keep his balance or stand on one leg, an affidavit said. He also urinated on himself.

    Wait, what? Oh. That’s quite a final detail.

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  • Video: We can all learn something from Billy Butler

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 1 day ago

    As a person who looks for the positive in most situations, I think we all owe Billy Butler a “thank you” this week. For one, we got to talk about the transgressions of an athlete not named Ryan Lochte. And beyond that, he reminded us all of a very important lesson that’s often worth a refresher.

    Mind your own business.

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    The clash of Butler and Danny Valencia — baseball’s best teammate fight since Jonathan Papelbon choked Bryce Harper — happened simply because Butler didn’t know when to shut his mouth.

    I tackle the life lessons that Billy Butler has taught us in this week’s installment of my Open Mike video series. While this certainly applies to MLB clubhouses, it’s also good practice for everyday actions like posting on Facebook.

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  • Watch Live: Royals take on Marlins in Free Game of the Day

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 2 days ago

    Not even the red-hot Kansas City Royals could beat strikeout machine Jose Fernandez on Wednesday night, and thus Kansas City’s nine-game winning streak endedwith a 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins.

    While there are surely some people in K.C. bummed that the win streak didn’t reach double digits, the bigger picture is far more favorable: The Royals are back in it.

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    The Royals are now 65-61, a solid third place in the AL Central, within reasonable reach of a wild-card spot (five games) and maybe even the division lead (7.5 games) if they get right back to their winning ways. Before the winning streak, the Royals were 56-60, tied with the White Sox, 11 back in the division and 7.5 back for the wild card.

    Now though? The Royals still have a long way to go, but at least there’s some hope. Nine straight wins will do that.

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  • Cubs are first team in baseball to 80 wins after Jake Arrieta's gem

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    Cross another milestone off the list for the World Series-favorite Chicago Cubs. They became the first team in baseball to reach 80 wins by beating the Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.

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    This wasn’t a surprise since nobody else in the league is particularly close. The Nats and Rangers each have 73 wins, so it would be at least another week for them to reach 80. Meanwhile, the Cubs’ win gives them a 13-game lead in the NL Central. It might time soon to start counting down magic numbers on the North Side.

    The first to 80 wins doesn’t make a club the automatic champion, but the Cubs keep checking all the right boxes as the season goes on.

  • Look how far Billy Hamilton ran to make this amazing catch

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Somebody give Billy Hamilton a gold medal. Sure, the Olympics are over, but holy moly, the catch the Cincinnati Reds centerfielder made Tuesday night against the Texas Rangers is worth a medal and a trip to the top of a podium.

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    Carlos Beltran hit a ball to left-center that seemed like a sure-thing gapper off the bat. Hamilton wasn’t shifted toward left, so to catch this one, he was going to cover a lot of ground … and boy, did he.

    Hamilton sprinted 123 feet, according to MLB.com’s Statcast, then dove head-first into the wall to make the catch. That’s the baseball equivalent to running a 40-yard dash while tracking a fly ball, then diving to catch it. Wow.

    It might be a good time for someone linked to Hamilton or the Reds to re-imagine this classic Ken Griffey Jr. Nike commercial:

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  • Why Josh Hamilton getting released by Rangers isn't the end for him

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 3 days ago

    Officially, Josh Hamilton’s second tour with the Texas Rangers came to an end Tuesday, as the club activated him from the 60-day disabled list then promptly put him on unconditional release waivers. Unofficially, though, Hamilton could be back with the Rangers next season.

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    The 35-year-old outfielder and former AL MVP hasn’t played at all this year after season-ending knee surgery in June, his third procedure on his knee since last September.

    The Rangers are leading the AL West right now, but they’re also thinking ahead to next season. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News writes, releasing Hamilton has everything to do with making sure he can be an active player next season if he’s indeed healthy.

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  • This Little League World Series coach’s mound visit will warm your heart

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    What makes the Little League World Series great isn’t necessarily the baseball — though, as we’re reminded every summer, there’s something about watching kids play the game that is surprisingly entertaining.

    No, what makes the Little League World Series great is the humanity. On that field, it’s still a game of kids enjoying the biggest moments of their life and of fathers and sons chasing their dreams together.

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    We got a heartwarming reminder of that Monday when Joel Jensen, manager of the Oregon team representing the Northwest, went out to the pitching mound for a visit. His son Isaiah was pitching. Jensen wasn’t there for a strict strategy session. Instead, he wanted to tell his son that he loved him. Watch:

    Little League World Series Coach Visits Mound to Tell Son How Much He Loves Him #GoodStuff pic.twitter.com/5pZ4FskvKc

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  • David Price pitches the Red Sox back into first place

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew 4 days ago

    Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.

    Now this is the David Price for whom the Red Sox paid $217 million, the ace Boston thought could lead it back to the World Series.

    This David Price, he threw eight shutout innings on Monday night as the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. Price allowed just two hits and looked every bit like the front-of-the-rotation horse that Boston needed.

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    And with that, the Red Sox tied the idle Toronto Blue Jays atop the AL East. The Red Sox hadn’t had a share of first place in the AL East since July 20. it’s a race that figures to go to the wire at this point, with the Orioles also just two games back.

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