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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew51 mins ago
Twice is nice, especially when it comes to a NLCS rematch on our MLB Free Game of the Day.
The New York Mets rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night, snapping a four-game losing skid and it all unfolded for your viewing pleasure right here on Yahoo Sports.
If the Mets’ comeback piqued your interest, you’re in luck. You can stream the second game of the four-game series Friday night on Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home and this very post. You can also find it in the newly updated Yahoo Sports app. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET for both games. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules.LiveChi Cubs0 - 1NY MetsFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew59 mins ago
After a rough road trip that included seven straight losses, the Washington Nationals are back on track with five straight wins, which included a three-game sweep of the New York Mets earlier this week. That put the Nationals in a dominant position atop the National League East. They’ll enter play on Friday night with a 48-32 record and a six-game lead over those same Mets.
Needless to say, they have more than enough good reason to be feeling happy. But it seems the Nationals are feeling a little more than just happy. They’re slap-happy, which was evidenced by this unique celebration during Thursday’s 13-4 drubbing of the Reds.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 1, 2016LiveCincinnati1 - 1WashingtonFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Here’s a take hotter than your grill this Fourth of July weekend: A New York Daily News columnist wants baseball to rid itself of “God Bless America.”
The man who chose to go after both religion and patriotism a few days before Independence Day is Gersh Kuntzman, whose beefs with “God Bless America” are many. They range from the fact that it’s not our National Anthem (true) to that it offends just about everyone, including “believers” and “foreigners” (highly debatable).
Kuntzman — who identifies himself as an atheist — is angry that the Yankees play “God Bless America” every game during the seventh-inning stretch and the Mets play it on Sundays and holidays. He’d prefer baseball just stop using it. Permanently.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Look, I’m not some guy who puts on a patriotic-looking Harrisburg Senators cap and then think it’s time to start re-writing the Declaration of Independence. Frankly, I don’t have the wig or the beard for such a thing.
But I do think the Fourth of July, our day of independence, is as good of a reason as any to consider and examine the things in which we believe. Far be it for me — some baseball blogger in a “Bill & Ted” T-shirt — to start talking to you about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I’d get so many “stick to sports” e-mails that my inbox will look like a fireworks stand on July 3.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Bryce Harper is bringing his own unique style to this year’s Fourth of July proceedings. All 29 American major-league teams will wear patriotic uniforms to mark the holiday and Harper is upping the ante with some sweet Under Armour cleats.
A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on Jul 1, 2016 at 9:30am PDT
As you can see, Harper is paying homage to the five branches of the United States’ Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard) and still found a way to integrate the Stars and Stripes into the design. Well done.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
We think being able to stream a game for free on Yahoo Sports every day of the MLB season is pretty rad. But in July, baseball fans, it’s getting even better.
As we prepare for one of baseball’s busiest months, we have great news for you: We’ve upgraded the Free Game of the Day video experience. Now you can watch the games on your mobile device. You asked for it and we listened.
If you have the newly updated Yahoo Sports app on your smartphone or tablet (if you don’t, stop what you’re doing and get it!) you can stream a different game each day right there in our app. Cool, right? In addition to our app, you can find all these games on Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Have you ever been “in the zone?” Concentrating so hard on what you’re doing that you forget about everything else around you? Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez had an “in the zone” moment on Thursday night while the Royals were facing the St. Louis Cardinals. He was concentrating so hard on catching a foul ball that he completely forgot about the umpire standing behind him.
It happened in the bottom of the fourth. Perez was catching Chris Young, who had given up a homer to lead off the inning, and then handed out two two-out walks. With two runners on, Perez wanted Young to settle down and find the glove so they could get out of the inning. Pitcher Mike Leake was up next, but that was no reason to let their guard down (especially after allowing two walks).Fri, Jul 15:15 PM PDTMilwaukee at St. LouisPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
If you barely missed catching a home run at a baseball game, you’d think about it for awhile, right? How the ball was just inches from your fingers, and if you’d been positioned to the right or the left just a little bit, you would have caught it. Now imagine how long you’d think about it if that happened to you twice in the same game. One fan doesn’t have to imagine, because it happened to him on Thursday, during the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners.
The first home run came his way in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mariners left fielder Seth Smith absolutely crushed a pitch from Chris Tillman, and the ball landed about 10 rows deep in the right field seats. Our fan of destiny, clad in a white shirt and khaki shorts, was positioned perfectly to catch it. He saw the ball coming, set his feet, reached out to his left, and… the baseball went through his fingers. He actually touched it, but he couldn’t hold on.
The ball bounced away from him, and a fan across the aisle and a few rows down got to take it home.
Fri, Jul 17:10 PM PDTBaltimore at SeattlePreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 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.
The first game of the 2016 season between the two teams that faced off the NLCS last year lived up to the hype. And for the New York Mets the hope is that the result Thursday night gives them some life going forward.
The Chicago Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Kris Bryant in the first inning and Javier Baez made it 3-0 with solo blast in the sixth. It looked like the Cubs were in control and would stroll to an easy win and hand the Mets, who had just been swept by the Nationals, another loss.
Yoenis Cespedes launched a towering shot in the bottom of the sixth off Cubs starter John Lackey to put New York on the board, but it was in the seventh when they really pounced.
Lackey came out of the game after allowing a one-out single and was replaced by Joel Peralta. Peralta proceeded to walk Alejandro De Aza and then gave up an RBI single to Brandon Nimmo that brought the Mets within one.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
LeBron James and the Cavaliers deliver Cleveland its first pro sports championship in over 50 years and all of a sudden the city forgets what it feels like to lose.
The Indians have been on a tear since the Cavaliers won Game 6 of the NBA Finals on July 16, and their winning streak has reached 13 with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night
You thought the Cleveland championship drought was long? The last time the Indians were this hot was 65 years ago.
The 13 consecutive victories equals the franchise-record shared by the 1951 and 1942 Indians. Add in the Cavs’ wins in Game 6 and 7 on their way to the title and Cleveland sports teams have gone 15 days without suffering a loss.