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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
You know that mammoth cake version of Wrigley Field the Chicago Cubs had made for the stadium's 100th birthday party? Well, it'ssitting in the trash somewhere right now and the Cubs aren't happy about it.
A Reddit user named ChewysDingleberrys spied the cake waiting to be disposed of after Wednesday's celebratory events and posted pics online of the battered, uneaten cake, prompting the Cubs to issue a statement of disappointment.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
No surprise here: New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda has been suspended 10 games by Major League Baseball for "possessing a foreign substance on his person," which is the proper way of saying he slathered pine tar all over his neck and figured nobody would notice.
Pineda was ejected from Wednesday's game between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox after home-plate umpire Gerry Davis inspected Pineda's neck at the urging of Red Sox manager John Farrell.Thu, Apr 244:10 PM PDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Nick Young, the Los Angeles Lakers' sometimes-good, sometimes-hilarious shooting guard, threw out the first pitch before Wednesday night's Los Angeles Dodgers game. And much like the Lakers' season, it didn't go too well.
Young — nicknamed Swaggy P — seemed to think he was heaving up a half-court shot, not throwing a baseball 60 feet. He launched the ball high above the catcher, so high the catcher didn't even bother to try to grab it. Not Young's first air ball, and probably not his last.
The pitch was bad. It was for-the-ages bad. Especially considering he's a professional athlete and not a pop star or an actor, the types of people who usually bungle these things. Young didn't seem particularly embarrassed, though.
How y'all like my pitch lol
He warmed up and got pointers before the game. It looked like he could handle it.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Dude, no. No, no, no, no.
We can debate very many things in baseball — whether Pete Rose belongs in the Hall of Fame, if WAR is a worthwhile stat, whether pine tar should be against the rules for pitchers — but here is one thing that we all should agree on: If a player at a baseball game tosses a ball to a kid, no adult should take it.
Never. Ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever.
Obviously the adult fan above at Thursday's Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game at Fenway Park didn't get that memo. Because when Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox tossed a ball to a young kid in the third inning, the "grown up" swooped in and snatched it. Booooooo!
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The wonderful thing about baseball is the story we expect to dominate headlines entering a game or a series can often be overshadowed by something unexpected or historic. You just never know which direction it will take, which keeps things unpredictable and gives us endless topics to discuss.
Such was the case during the anticipated Los Angeles Angels-Washington Nationals series this week featuring the first-ever regular season battle between Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. We expected the spotlight to be trained on the two young phenoms throughout, but it was 41-year-old Raul Ibanez who stole the show on Monday with a three-run double in the eighth. Then on Tuesday, a red hot Albert Pujols connected for career home runs No. 499 and 500, which had many fans focusing on his milestone and thinking back to his explosive early days as a 21-year-old rookie in 2001.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It’s still a little too early to panic in Seattle, but another Mariners loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday may have pushed fans to the brink. Seattle dropped each of the first two games in the series and came in losers of eight straight overall.
The outlook didn‘t look good here either with Houston holding a three run lead in the seventh inning, but one player and two swings turned that all around.. Third baseman Kyle Seager, who hadn’t homered in a game since Sept. 3, 2013, got Seattle on the board with a two-run homer in the seventh and then lifted them to a 5-3 victory with a three-run walk-off homer in the ninth.
It was obviously a much needed win for Seattle, who were on the verge of back-to-back sweeps against Miami and Houston. Just the same, it was a much needed confidence boost for Seager. A .260 hitter over the first three years of his career, Seager came in hitting only .156 with two RBI on the season. Despite his struggles, manager Lloyd McClendon was determined to let Seager hit his way out of it. That patience worked to everyone‘s benefit on Wednesday.Thu, Apr 245:10 PM PDTOakland at HoustonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Chris Colabello of the Minnesota Twins gave his mother, Silvana Colabello, one of the best birthday presents she could have ever asked for on Wednesday night, and it all happened in front of a live television audience watching on FOX Sports North.
Silvana and her husband were in attendance at Tropicana Field to watch their son's squad face off against the Tampa Bay Rays, which by itself was enough to make it a happy birthday. However, her day only got better as Chris came to bat in the fourth inning. At this point, FOX Sports North's Marney Gellner found Colabello's parents in the stands and began conducting an interview with the couple. In the midst of the interview, Colabello connected for a game-tying two-run homer that brought Silvana out of her seat and gave everyone watching goosebumps.
"Another present," Silvana exclaimed afterwards.
She then turned to Gellner and said, "You knew it," as if to suggest Colabello was planning this all along and Gellner was in on it.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Former NBA all-star Tracy McGrady, who is now pursuing his childhood dream to play professional baseball, was officially named to the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters opening day roster on Wednesday. Team manager and former major leaguer Gary Gaetti confirmed the news to Fox 26 in Houston, stating that McGrady has done everything necessary to earn his roster spot and will open the season as one of his pitchers.
"Tracy is on the team," Gaetti said. "He's just done what needed to be done since the idea came about.
The 34-year-old right-hander made one appearance in an exhibition game last week against Alvin Community College, allowing one run on three hits in one inning of work. McGrady was the only Skeeters pitcher scored upon in the game, but Gaetti insists he's shown enough in workouts — including a fastball that has touched 90 mph — to suggest he can contribute moving forward.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox weren't going to let Michael Pineda get away with apparently doctoring the ball against them twice. In the second inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees, Farrell asked umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda's neck, which appeared to have a foreign substance — later confirmed as pine tar — slathered on it.
Aye yi yi, Michael Pineda again?
Michael Pineda caught slippin’ this time. Ejected for pine tar on the neck. pic.twitter.com/Ji182KTggJ
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Even as the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled out a much needed 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon — ruining the 100th birthday celebration at Wrigley Field and improving to 6-18 this season — the negatives outweighed the positives. That's because the team learned immediately afterwards that slugger Mark Trumbo, who's tied with San Francisco's Brandon Belt for the NL lead in home runs with seven, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Mark Trumbo has a stress fracture in his left foot, MRI shows. Will go for second opinion.