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  • Nationals' battery leads club to Sunday night win over Giants

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago

    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.

    The Washington Nationals played with nine fielders against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but they really only needed two. Jordan Zimmermann and Wilson Ramos starred as the Nats took the 3-1 victory over the reigning World Series champs.

    On the mound, Zimmermann was fantastic. He allowed just one run on three hits over seven strong innings. Zimmermann walked one and struck out eight during the contest. His only blemish was a solo home run to Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. Other than that, the Giants failed to get much going against Zim.

    At the plate, Zimmermann's battery mate took center stage. Ramos broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a solo shot off George Kontos. He would also drive in the team's insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Ramos finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He also reached on a walk.

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    Mon, Jul 6
    10:15 PM EDT
    NY Mets at San Francisco
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  • Missouri bias? Royals and Cardinals combine for six All-Star starters

    Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago

    Forget about East Coast bias, it's time Major League Baseball started looking into their Midwest bias. They can start the investigation in Missouri. 

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    The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals fared well as the All-Star Game starters were announced Sunday. While neither team dominated the ballots the way they did a few weeks ago, both came away with some solid results.

    The Cardinals came away with two starters in the National League, but many of their players finished second at their respective positions. 

    The final NL voting results are in for the #ASG: pic.twitter.com/hcobcPsQFk

    After weeks of intrigue, the Royals wound up with four starters in the American League.

    Here are the AL final voting totals for the #ASG: pic.twitter.com/wpSgfrM7zT

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    Mon, Jul 6
    8:10 PM EDT
    Tampa Bay at Kansas City
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  • Matt Harvey pitches through another bloody nose

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

    Anybody who has played sports knows they're at risk of catching one on the nose. We've all been there. Whether it's a ball, an elbow, a hockey stick, another elbow, a forehead or another person's fist, all it takes is that one direct shot to ruin your day.

    With that in mind, it's not unusual to see an athlete sporting a bloody nose. However, in the instance of New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was spotted bleeding from the nose during his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, it was unusual because he wasn't on the receiving end of any intended or unintended physical violence.

    Bloody nose Harvey again #mets pic.twitter.com/EjeTOoA7ib

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  • Altoona Curve to wear Mr. Rogers-inspired sweater uniforms

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago

    The Altoona Curve — Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates — are hoping Sunday will be a beautiful day in their neighborhood.

    For this evening's game against the Harrisburg Senators, Altoona will join WPSU Penn State and The Fred Rogers Company in presenting "A Night in the Neighborhood," a celebration of the classic children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and current PBS KIDS television show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

    Of course, the highlight of almost any minor league promotion is the uniforms. This will be no different, especially for those who grew up watching the original program or have become familiar with Mister Rogers' collection of cardigan sweaters that he'd pluck from the closet to begin every show.

    July 5th is A Night in the Neighborhood w/Daniel Tiger + Mister Rogers' Sweater Jerseys. Be ours? #NeighborhoodNight pic.twitter.com/CD8fTVlQXI

    There was no greater symbol of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, so we applaud the choice.

    Now, if they only came in several different colors, that would be perfect.

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    Mon, Jul 6
    7:05 PM EDT
    San Diego at Pittsburgh
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  • Alex Avila makes outstanding catch diving into stands

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago

    With Miguel Cabrera expected to miss six weeks with a Grade 3 strain of his left calf, the Detroit Tigers are losing an irreplaceable piece of their offense.

    With that in mind, we're certain the veteran first baseman would have never even attempted making the catch his replacement Alex Avila pulled off on Saturday afternoon.

    Typically the Tigers' starting catcher, Avila was making his first career start at first base in Cabrera's absence. It's a role he's expected to fill at least semi-regularly while Cabrera heals, and he made a great first impression with an outstanding catch while tumbling into the first row of seats down the right-field line at Comerica Field.

    It wasn't the most convenient place in the ballpark to made such an attempt, either. Though the ball sailed beyond the Tigers first base dugout and beyond the tarp, Avila had to deal with some signage. Avila actually appeared to clip his right knee on the sign, which made his concentration and ability to hold on even more impressive.

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    Mon, Jul 6
    10:10 PM EDT
    Detroit at Seattle
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  • Avisail Garcia robs Chris Davis of game-tying HR with incredible catch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Holy cow! Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia made perhaps the defensive play of the year on Saturday, robbing Baltimore's Chris Davis of a game-tying home run with a sensational leaping catch in the ninth inning.

    After blowing a two-run lead and Jeff Samardzija's chance at a victory in the top of the eighth inning, the White Sox had regained the lead in the bottom half on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck's RBI double. That set the stage for what momentarily felt like heartbreak again for White Sox fans, as Davis teed off against closer David Robertson.

    As the baseball soared off the bat, everybody in the ballpark and watching at home anticipated the baseball landing in or perhaps clearing the Orioles bullpen in right field. Even those not watching would have anticipated the same thing based on the sound of the bat, the initial silence of Hawk Harrelson, and then his disgruntled tone as he finally described the action. 

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    Mon, Jul 6
    8:10 PM EDT
    Toronto at Chi White Sox
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