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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Prior to Game 6 of the 2013 NLCS, we saw a true first in Major League Baseball. Scott Van Slyke of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Joe Kelly of the St. Louis Cardinals engaged in a spontaneous on field standoff following the singing of the national anthem, in which both refused to leave their position until the other man blinked.
Each man's desire to be the last man standing was evident, and it even carried on to the point that the first pitch of the game was delayed before umpire Greg Gibson finally regained control and got Kelly to take a step back.
It was one of the most bizarre and unexpectedly entertaining events we've seen in baseball, especially considering it happened in the thick of the postseason. It also left us to wonder if we might ever see a sequel, whether it be between Kelly and Van Slyke, who ironically matchup over the weekend in St. Louis, or elsewhere in MLB.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker follows the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams soon.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: The Cardinals want and need David Price. [USA Today]
AND THIS WILL HELP: The Cards got the No. 3 pick in the competitive balance lottery Wednesday, which could help them land Price from the Rays. [@BNightengale]
HOWEVER: The Rays aren't ruling out that they'll actually be *buyers* and not sellers between now and the trade deadline. Hmmm. [@JimBowdenESPNxm]
THE KEMP QUESTION: The Mariners, Indians and Rangers are interested to some degree, but are the Dodgers really trying to move Matt Kemp? [Fox Sports]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The A's and the City of Oakland have now agreed to a deal that will keep the team in Oakland for 10 more years. The Oakland City Council approved the new lease Tuesday after A's co-owner Lew Wolff agreed to a number of changes the city council has asked for late in the negotiations. The A's will pay about $20 million to use O.Co Coliseum for the next 10 years.Wed, Jul 237:05 PM PDTHouston at OaklandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
A day after trading away Chase Headley to the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres have now lost outfielder Cameron Maybin. Although for an entirely different reason.
Major League Baseball has suspended Maybin for 25 games effective Wednesday for using an amphetamine that violates the league's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Maybin says he uses a stimulant to treat ADD and previously had an exemption from MLB. Problems arose, however, when he "neglected to follow all the rules" when changing his prescription.
Maybin will be eligible to return to the Padres on Aug. 20, but who knows what the team will look like then. The Padres (43-56) don't have a GM and are in full fire-sale mode.
In a statement, Maybin said he wasn't trying to "gain any advantages" on the baseball field:LiveSan Diego5 - 3Chi CubsFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Jeff Francoeur was called up to the big leagues again Wednesday. The veteran outfielder will join the San Diego Padres, seeing time with his third MLB team in the last two seasons.
This is good news for Francoeur, but bad news for the people in Triple-A who enjoy pranking him. Namely Cody Decker, the El Paso Chihuahuas player who also dabbles in filmmaking.
Decker produced the now-famous video of the team's intricate prank on Francouer in which they convinced Frenchy that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. As a follow-up, he and some of the Chihuahuas locked Francoeur in a bathroom earlier this season, forcing him to climb through the ceiling to forge an escape route.
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Let's say you have tickets to the big game tonight, but you can't make it down to the ballpark because you have to work late. Selling your tickets online is not a problem, but you still don't want to miss being embedded among the action. What do you do? Nothing. You're Seoul out of luck. Until now.
As @MyKBO on Twitter notes, Korea's Hanwha Eagles have installed a robot cheering section in their home stadium to which fans can upload their avatars, mannerisms, messages, cheers, beer preferences — whatever — for the first truly virtual ballpark experience.
You don't need to be at the game anymore in order to still be at the game!
Convenient? Yes. Creepy? Oh, definitely. These fan robots (or "Fanbots") look like police from the movie "THX-1138" or the "I, Robot" robots — only with baseball caps. They won't hurt us, right? Nice machine! Well, before we bring Fanbots to the major leagues, we need to set up some ground rules:
• They won't be allowed inside of Comerica Park where the Detroit Tigers play and many auto industry workers watch. Too soon.
- David Brown at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
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As the days count down toward the end of Derek Jeter's career in the major leagues, he continues to tick off career milestones. Jeter on Tuesday night broke a 79-year-old record held by Lou Gehrig, putting himself at the top the New York Yankees' all-time doubles list. Among all major leaguers, Jeter is 36th all-time in doubles, and could crack the top 30 before the end.
Jeter had gone 16 games without getting an extra-base hit before putting the Yankees in position to break a scoreless tie with the Texas Rangers by knocking a double to left field against left-hander Neal Cotts in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees didn't score Jeter, and didn't win until the 14th on a single by newcomer Chase Headley.
Gehrig broke Babe Ruth's record of 424 on Sept. 8, 1935. Who else is among the top 10 of Bronx doublers?
- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Pirates are supposed to make you walk the plank , not nearly half of their lineup. And yet, no matter what he tried, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chris Perez kept walking Pittsburgh hitters in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday night — with disastrous consequences.
Trying to keep the Dodgers within a run after the Los Angeles offense had rallied, Perez instead walked four straight batters, helping Pittsburgh extend its lead to five runs. Perez threw only eight of 25 pitches for strikes and allowed four runs in a 12-7 loss at PNC Park.
Chris Perez five batters away from having the Pirates lineup "walk around."
Here's how it looked on the play-by-play transcript. It started OK with Michael Martinez, but then:
Brandon League followed and the Pirates got two more hits and three more runs — all of which were charged to Perez, whose ERA inflated to 5.35. He has allowed 19 walks in 35 1/3 innings after walking 21 batters in 54 innings with the Indians in 2013.
- David Brown at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
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Lots of FREE BASEBALL was played Tuesday night as three games went into extra innings, including the New York Yankees debut of Chase Headley, acquired in a trade earlier in the day from the San Diego Padres.
Neither team scored for 12 innings, but the Yankees finally beat the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the 14th when Headley singled in the winning run for a 2-1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Headley had arrived in the home dugout to shake hands with new teammates in the top of the second inning after his flight landed at LaGuardia Airport about a half-hour before the first pitch.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
This is the third of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
They were all warned pitching a mile above sea level would be tough on their arms and egos, but none of the Colorado Rockies pitchers was ready for the punishing reality that awaited during the franchise's debut season.
Their No. 1 starter spent most of the 1993 season on the disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. A 12-year veteran hit the waiver wire in early June with an ERA nearly triple his career average. And promising young closer Darren Holmes accepted a demotion to Triple A after completing the first month of the season with an ERA of nearly 18 and nagging doubts that his off-speed pitches would ever have the same bite at altitude as they did at sea level.