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  • Aroldis Chapman electrifies Wrigley Field in Cubs debut

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

    If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more.

    The hard-throwing left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and a Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox, he’d whipped them into a frenzy.

    Chapman’s off-the-field issues were not a consideration on this night, whether people like that thought or not. It was all about baseball and the overwhelming optimism Cubs fans obviously feel now that they’ve added Chapman as their closer.

    The #Cubs fans going wild watching Chapman stroll to the mound, and no one is leaving the park, waiting to see the scoreboard readiings

    — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 28, 2016

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    Thu, Jul 28
    8:05 PM EDT
    Chi White Sox at Chi Cubs
    Preview Game
  • Padres tie a very surprising National League record

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago

    In April, the San Diego Padres set a record in offensive futility, becoming the first National League team to be shut out in the first three games of a season.

    That was then, this is now.

    As the month of July draws to a close, the Padres offense is now in the midst of one of the most impressive power surges ever seen in MLB.

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  • Logan Morrison tears apart Dodger Stadium to make crazy catch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago

    Over the years we’ve seen numerous circus catches from players as they tumble into the stands. Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison took things to a new level though on Wednesday afternoon after crashing over the wall and almost bringing the wall down with him to make a catch in foul territory at Dodger Stadium.

    Morrison had a lot working against him. In addition to the fast approaching wall, Morrison was also fighting an unforgiving sun that would later cause Tampa Bay to botch a popup. Aside from that, Morrison was making his first start in nine days after dealing with a wrist injury that could have been easily aggravated.

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    Nonetheless, Morrison would not be denied of making the catch. The end result of which showed off incredible toughness and even more remarkable focus as he hit the wall, lost his balance and still caught and then held the ball while seemingly landing on his head or shoulder.

    Check it out from a couple other angles.

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