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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Just about everything is going right for the Houston Astros these days. Following Saturday's 13-5 dismantling of the Royals, they've now won seven straight games overall, they've moved to a season-best three games over .500, and in the last two games alone have scored 26 total runs.
They're definitely hot, but it hasn't all been smooth sailing. There have been a few minor bumps in the road along the way. Unfortunately for Jose Altuve, one of those bumps rose up to trip him up on Saturday, costing him any chance to complete the cycle.
Altuve started his big night with a first-inning double. One inning later, he connected on a three-run homer, which gives him 13 for the season. In the fourth inning, he picked up a single. That left only the triple for Altuve to make history, which added some needed drama to a game that had been decided by the second inning.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
It took them until mid-June, but the Houston Astros finally look like a factor in the American League.
After two dominant wins against the Kansas City Royals this weekend, the Astros have now won seven straight and are a season-best three games over .500. Granted, they're still nine games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers, but they're back in the thick of the wild-card race and the arrow is finally pointing up after spending 70 games under .500.
It's a good place to be, and they'll look to continue their ascension in Sunday's series finale against Kansas City. That game will be featured as the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports. You can stream the game at Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video homebeginning at 2:10 p.m. ET.
Of course, all of the attention this weekend is on the offense. Rightfully so too. In their two wins against Kansas City, Houston has combined to score 26 runs.Sun, Jun 262:15 PM EDTHouston at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs 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.
If you missed the MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports on Saturday afternoon, you missed a wild one.
The Toronto Blue Jays "outslugged" the Chicago White Sox by a final of 10-8. Though if you look at the stats closer, you'll actually find that Chicago did most of the slugging.
The White Sox actually tied a team record by hitting seven home runs. Unfortunately for them, all seven were of the solo variety, meaning they couldn't keep up with Toronto's more well-rounded attack.Sun, Jun 262:10 PM EDTToronto at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Just when we think we've seen everything, crazy Saturday night baseball hits us with another gem.
In what may be the weirdest moment we've seen all season, a fan not only ran on the field during the Mariners 5-4 win against the Cardinals at Safeco Field, he nearly disrupted a live play in the outfield.
For all the countless times a fan has run on the field during a baseball game, rarely, if ever, do we even see them on television, let alone getting this close to the live action.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
In the history of baseball, there have been several one-sided battles between players and inanimate dugout objects.
From David Ortiz absolutely destroying a Camden Yards bullpen phone with his bat, to Carlos Zambrano dismantling a Gatorade cooler in a fit of rage, to Sean Rodriguez going all Mike Tyson's Punchout on a Gatorade jug cooler last October, these meltdowns are usually epic. But again, they're always one-sided.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes. A baseball Hall of Fame finally opened its arms to Pete Rose on Saturday afternoon. In a ceremony at Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati Reds officially inducted Rose into their team Hall of Fame.
In doing so, the Reds actually bypassed their usual election process, which until Rose's selection had adhered to the rules and standards of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. That makes it an even more notable gesture on their part, as they obviously feel it's time to put Rose's past in the past and move forward with his on-field legacy being celebrated.
Of course, it's well known that Rose's path to enshrinement in Cooperstown remains blocked as he remains permanently ineligible for having bet on baseball. Rose had hoped new commissioner Rob Manfred would consider lifting his lifetime ban. Manfred ultimately denied Rose's request in December, citing that Rose had not taken full responsibility for his actions or proven that he'd changed his gambling habits.LiveSan Diego0 - 1CincinnatiFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Wild brawls aren't exclusive to Major League Baseball. In fact, some of the craziest we've seen over the years have actually taken place at the minor league level.
That's where we turn right now, as this California League disagreement between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) and High Desert Mavericks (Rangers), went from dust up to fist-a-cuffs in under 30 seconds.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the fight unfolded when Quakes reliever Luis De Paula hit Travis Demeritte with the first pitch of the sixth inning. A half-inning earlier, the Mavericks had also hit a batter, so this was taken as retaliation.
Adding more fuel to the fire is the fact that Demeritte leads the California League with 19 homers. That makes him an important player and prospect. He'd also hit a home run one inning earlier, so there were a lot of bad memories fresh in some player's minds and perhaps some bad intentions in other's minds.
Whatever the case, it all boiled over.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
It's tough to keep a secret in today's technologically advanced world. All it takes is one click of a button to send information — true or false, good or bad — soaring into cyberspace, where it's there to be consumed and dissected by the entire world.
The New York Mets were reminded of that reality on Saturday, and it actually forced them to change their plans surrounding top outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo.
While the baseball world awaited official news of Jose Reyes' return to the Mets, this tweet by a reporter in Nimmo's home state of Wyoming managed to capture some attention.
Brandon Nimmo expected to start in LF for Mets at Atlanta tonight. #wyosports
Typically when a notable prospect is nearing a call up there's a palpable buzz. That wasn't the case with Nimmo. Instead, this report basically came out of nowhere, which left fans puzzled.LiveNY Mets0 - 1AtlantaFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
A reunion that didn't seem possible as recently as eight months ago is now official. According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, veteran shortstop Jose Reyes is returning to the New York Mets on a minor-league contract, though it's fully expected he'll join the major league team soon.
Reyes will reportedly suit up for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday, officially beginning his journey back to Citi Field.
The signing brings Reyes' tumultuous career full circle after four-plus years of uncertainty that were further complicated by a rapid physical decline and an arrest last October in Hawaii for an alleged domestic assault.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
After starting the season with an AL-best 23-11 record, the Chicago White Sox have looked like a flawed and sometimes broken team ever since. In fact, since May 12, they've gone 14-26, going from first place with a five-game lead to fourth place with a six-game deficit in the AL Central.
There's no one specific area where they've been great, good or even decent during that stretch. That's in spite of 12-game winner Chris Sale doing his thing every five days. He's been the one constant, and that's not to discount guys like Jose Quintana or Todd Frazier either, who have also been very good.
A baseball team needs more than that to create a strong foundation. They need a core of steady and reliable players who will pull their assigned weight more often than not. That's what makes the early results for rookie shortstop Tim Anderson so exciting. Two weeks in, he looks like a guy capable of pulling his own weight and then some.