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- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew45 mins ago
Vince Velasquez is putting together a constructive sophomore season for the Philadelphia Phillies and could be a target for other teams in trade talks as the trade deadline approaches.
Velasquez is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA heading into Friday night’s start in Atlanta against the Braves. After a bit of a rough stretch in June, he has been solid in July and hasn’t taken a loss since late May.
He’ll be looking for a fourth consecutive outing of at least six innings in what is Yahoo Sports’ MLB Free Game of the Day. The contest, which starts at 7:35 p.m. ET, can be streamed at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home, the Yahoo Sports app and this very post. Local blackouts apply per MLB rules.
The Texas Rangers are rumored to be interested in acquiring the Phillies’ 24-year-old right-hander, but it’s unclear if the Phillies would even entertain a trade proposal involving Velasquez.Fri, Jul 297:35 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew48 mins ago
After a pinch-hit double Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki sits at 2,998 MLB hits. That puts him well within striking distance of the magic 3,000-mark Friday night when the Miami Marlins say he’ll be in the starting lineup.
With 3,000 in sight — he’ll be the 30 th player to join the prestigious club — ESPN’s Marly Rivera published an exclusive interview with Ichiro that touches on a number of topics ranging from retirement (he says he wants to play until he’s 50) to the attention that comes with his 3,000-hit pursuit (he says outsiders care more than he does). The entire thing is worth your time.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Bringing your glove to the ballpark is never a bad idea if you’re sitting down close to the action and it paid off nicely for a young man Thursday night in Anaheim.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia was at the plate in the eighth inning facing Los Angeles Angels reliever Joe Smith. Pedroia sent a line drive foul ball into the stands behind the first-base dugout where a boy raised his mitt and snagged the ball, undoubtedly saving someone in the crowd from either being hit or coming close to a painful experience.
The catch was nice enough but what made this moment even better was the crowd giving the young Boston fan a nice ovation and him soaking it in with a bow. Well done, young man.
Making a great catch and receiving an ovation from nearby fans undoubtedly made it easier for the young fan to handle the Angels’ 2-1 win over Boston in walk-off fashion on a Hanley Ramirez throwing error.
More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:Fri, Jul 2910:05 PM EDTBoston at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo pushed Chicago White Sox catcher Dioner Navarro in the back and later threw Navarro’s batting gloves on the ground Thursday night in the finale of a bitter interleague series between the two teams.
Normally this type of behavior from Rizzo would have been met with retaliation from Navarro and the White Sox and might even have led to something really ugly.
But Rizzo and Navarro are buddies and this was all done in fun. Rizzo and Navarro were teammates on the Cubs in 2013, when they became friends. Apparently that friendship remains strong enough today that they feel comfortable messing with each other during a rivalry game that often gets blood boiling in the Windy City.
The Cubs beat the White Sox 3-1 to split the four-game series, with each team winning both games in their home ballpark.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
If David Ortiz and the Boston Red Sox hadn’t been in town, you might have looked at Mike Trout’s pre-game garb Thursday night and wondered if he was wearing some sort of Run-DMC costume.
The gold chain. The sunglasses. All he needed to do was start chanting, “I’m the king of rock, there is none higher … I won’t stop rockin’ til I retire.”
Ahh, but this was about retirement — specifically Ortiz’s. With Big Papi in Anaheim for the final time in his playing career, the Angels joined the retirement-tour party and gave Ortiz a nice send-off. Aside from a present (a cool portrait that had “Big Papi” scrawled across it), Trout and Angels coach Alfredo Griffin put on sunglasses and gold chains to mimic Ortiz’s flamboyant style.
For someone like Trout, who is usually as plain as it gets, this was both a surprising and entertaining turn.
If you honor Big Papi, you dress like Big Papi. pic.twitter.com/8k4DqOCP5V
- Henry Bushnell at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. — As Xander Bogaerts tugged his navy blue batting practice pullover down over his muscular shoulders inside the visitor’s clubhouse at Angel Stadium on Thursday night, the Red Sox shortstop snuck into an exasperated smile.
A pregame interview had arrived at the topic of Boston’s inability to win low-scoring games; of the offense’s firepower carrying a struggling pitching staff; of the offense’s firepower inhibited by a struggling pitching staff.
Bogaerts’ eyes got wide, and, incredulous, he shook his head.
“How many games we won like that?” he asked, knowing it hadn’t been many. “I don’t think we won a 1-0 game yet, eh?”
Bogaerts was slightly mistaken. Boston beat Atlanta 1-0 back on April 25. But his sentiment was spot on. Coming into Thursday, the Red Sox were 2-27 in games in which they had scored three runs or fewer. By comparison, the Orioles were 11-28; the Tigers were 8-30; the Yankees were 13-41.
Now the Sox are 2-28.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 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.
Hanley Ramirez, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “How to lose an MLB game in the most embarrassing way possible.”
In the bottom of the ninth of Thursday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels, Ramirez absolutely blew it on defense, allowing the Angels to escape with a 2-1 walk-off win after David Price had thrown eight scoreless innings for the Red Sox.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale returned from his five-game suspension Thursday night, pitching six solid innings against the Cubs. But after the game, the throwback jerseys he destroyed in a fit Saturday were still a topic of discussion.
And, really, why wouldn’t they be? A baseball controversy this silly and this amusing doesn’t just go away after a suspension and a 3-1 Cubs win.Fri, Jul 298:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits .
DONE DEAL: The San Francisco Giants acquired All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, striking the only significant trade of the day. In return the Twins get Adalberto Mejia, a 23-year-old pitcher who has been among San Francisco’s top-10 prospects for the last few years. [Yahoo Sports]Fri, Jul 2910:15 PM EDTWashington at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
This is The StewPod, our baseball podcast with a dash of pop culture. If you dig the show, please subscribe and review us on iTunes.
It’s that time of the baseball season whereJeff Passan’s phone is buzzing with information. Yes, the trade deadline is coming on Aug. 1, which means teams are making moves and our pal Jeff is trying to wade through the rumors and find the truth.
He took a few minutes out of his busy day — well, like 30, actually — to talk about the trade deadline for this week’s StewPod. We discuss which players he thinks will and won’t get traded, why the trade deadline has actually been more active than you might think and which teams will make a move that has them racing toward the postseason.