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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 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/8k4DqOCP5VFri, Jul 2910:05 PM EDTBoston at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Henry Bushnell at Big League Stew6 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 Stew8 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 Stew9 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 Stew10 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 Stew14 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.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
On April 29, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games for testing positive for PEDs. This was pretty bad news for the Marlins, as Gordon had spent 2015 hitting like a mad man and ended the season with a .333 average and the National League batting title. He was supposed to anchor their team of young players, but instead he’d be sitting out nearly half the season.
Eighty games later, Gordon is ready to return to the Marlins. His suspension is up Thursday and he made an apology video for his fans before his first game back, in which he’ll return to his lead-off role.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 28, 2016Fri, Jul 297:10 PM EDTSt. Louis at MiamiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Baseball’s trade deadline is creeping up on us. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Monday to make whatever swaps will help them either get in position for the postseason or rebuild for next year, the year after or … one of these years.
We’re already watching keenly to see where players such as Jay Bruce, Jonathan Lucroy and Andrew Cashner will end by up Aug. 1 and see which other players might be on the move.
The thirst for trade-deadline news and gossip is so real in 2016, though, that there are many pitfalls that fans need to consider as they refresh their Twitter feed in hopes of seeing a deal from their favorite team.
So in this week’s installment of my Open Mike video series, I’m here to help. I’m giving you four important rules to live by until Monday’s deadline rolls around. Follow these and you won’t get duped, you’ll know what #hugwatch is and you won’t get too excited about a deal that may not happen.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Miguel Sano went 1-for-5 and drove in two runs Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Not a banner night by any means, but hardly the kind of performance you might expect to upset him.
But Sano was angry when he struck out in the eighth inning. It was his third strike out of the night and 105th this season and it came with two runners in scoring position. He took it out on his bat, breaking it over his knee Bo Jackson-style.
That’s a strong man folks. Seems like that has to hurt, at least a little bit. Maybe someday they will make a bobblehead doll in honor of these impressive feats of strength from Sano as they did recently for Jackson, whobroke a few bats the same way in his day.Fri, Jul 297:35 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew1 day ago
Tragic is really the only way to describe what happened to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first two innings of Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two players, right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and shortstop Jonathan Villar, committed a combined five errors in just two frames.
It started innocently enough. With one out in the first, Diamondbacks second baseman Phil Gosselin hit a chopper to short that Villar picked up quickly. It should have been an easy out, and it would have been if Villar hadn’t had trouble getting the ball out of his glove. Then, with Gosselin on first, shortstop Jean Segura hit another easy out to Villar. Villar grabbed it and then totally threw it away, past second base and into right field.Fri, Jul 298:10 PM EDTPittsburgh at MilwaukeePreview Game