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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 mins ago
As Ichiro Suzuki closes in on his 3,000th career hit in Major League Baseball, he's also collecting a few other milestones along the way. That includes a pretty big one that was reached during Friday's 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the first inning, Ichiro reached base with career hit No. 2,944, which moved him into 33rd place on MLB's all-time list ahead of Frank Robinson. What happened immediately after was an even bigger deal, as Ichiro became just the 38th player in MLB history to reach 500 stolen bases.
Ichiro was off to the races against Milwaukee starter Zach Davies, stealing second base with relative ease. It was his second stolen base of the 2015 season, and his 699th overall when you factor in his nine seasons playing Japan.Sat, Apr 307:10 PM EDTMiami at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
If George Steinbrenner was still alive, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi would probably be fielding a lot of questions about his job security these days. Not that Girardi’s job should be in jeopardy, but Steinbrenner, the late Yankees owner, was never shy about making a change in leadership in the dugout when his team was faltering and right now the Yankees simply aren’t very good.They are in last place in the American League East Division and searching for answers on the mound and at the plate.Sat, Apr 307:10 PM EDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
It turns out Alex Rodriguez wasn't the only slugger to make a young fan's night during Friday's Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
According to current MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar, his former Red Sox teammate, David Ortiz, promised a sick child named Maverick that he would hit a home run during that game. Ortiz then proceeded to deliver in the eighth inning, smashing a two-run opposite-field home run against Dellin Betances that proved to be the game-winner in Boston's 4-2 victory.
The story is pretty amazing, and it was chronicled in full on Millar's Twitter account.
First, we meet young Maverick and learn a little of his story.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
If you're looking for a feel-good story to start your Saturday, allow us to tell you how New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez made the day of a young Boston Red Sox fan named David Moss.
As Chris Landers from MLB's Cut 4 tells us, the story actually goes back to last season, when David's father, Andy Moss, was diagnosed with cancer. Andy had hoped to bring his family to Fenway Park just one time so his young son could meet his hero, David Ortiz. Unfortunately, he didn't live long enough to see that dream come true, as he succumbed to his disease last September.
Knowing what it meant to his family, young David fought to keep the dream in honor of his father. That led to Friday night in Boston, where David Moss, his mother and sister were welcomed to Fenway Park to celebrate his eighth birthday.
- Mark Townsend 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.
The New York Mets offense remained red hot on Friday, scoring a team-record 12 runs in the third inning to help them securea 13-1 blowout victory against the San Francisco Giants.
Not surprisingly, it was Yoenis Cespedes who led the historic charge. In the third inning alone, he collected six RBIs. That included a two-run single early in the frame, and it concluded with a 355-foot grand slam that may go down as his shortest home run of the season.
When things are going well, those extra feet seem to go your way. That would sum up how things are going for both Cespedes and the Mets right now.Sat, Apr 304:05 PM EDTSan Francisco at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The Miami Marlins needed something positive on Friday to take their minds off Dee Gordon's 80-game PED suspension.
Enter 26-year-old left-hander Adam Conley, who answered the call by nearly making history.
Making only his 16th career start, Conley fired 7 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball in Miami's 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. The only thing that stood between him and a chance at history was his high pitch count. Manager Don Mattingly elected to pull Conley with 116 pitches, leaving it up to reliever Jose Urena to record the final four outs.
Ironically, it turns out the only thing that may have kept Urena from completing history was Dee Gordon's absence. With one out in the ninth inning, Jonathan Lucroy broke up the no-no with a soft pop up to short right field that just barely eluded the reach of new second baseman Derek Dietrich.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Like everyone else, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper had a few thoughts about Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension stemming from a positive test for two banned d rugs, exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol .
Speaking to the media before Friday's game in St. Louis, Harper expressed surprise and disappointment in Gordon, whom he also cited as one of the most exciting players to watch and play against.
Nothing out of the ordinary or too controversial there. The general consensus has been along those very same lines, so Harper just followed suit.
The media had another question on its mind though. They were curious whether Harper feels slighted now after losing last season's NL batting championship to Gordon by a mere three points. The obvious inclination being that the outcome may have been manipulated if Gordon had one or both banned drugs in his system at any point last season.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
When the Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled new uniforms back in December, they did so acknowledging that they were being aggressive. According to team president and CEO Derrick Hall, they were aiming to create a style that had never been seen before, while finding a way to appeal to all segments of the fan base.
“We always challenge ourselves to make sure that we are as pioneering and as innovating as any team in sports — we try to be,” Hall said at the time. “We looked at an opportunity when it comes to baseball to really advance the look of uniforms.
The effort was appreciated, but the response has been far less positive. In fact, in the opinion of many, the designs have been a big swing-and-miss. In particular, fans do not like the odd color combinations associated with their newest alternate road uniform.Sat, Apr 308:10 PM EDTColorado at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Before he took the microphone at Wrigley Field, the most embarrassing thing rapper/producer Warren G had done musically was utter this lyric: "What's next? What's next? What's N-X-E-T." But he might have sunk even lower than that on Friday when he sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch at the Chicago Cubs game.
He totally butchered it. Like, they were booing him within 10 seconds. It was bad from the first bar. He said "Take me to the ballgame" and ... nope, just nope. It just got more uncomfortable from there.
Just look at this lady. She was having none of it:
This never would have happened on Nate Dogg's watch. Warren would have glanced in the cut and seen his homey Nate — whose silky smooth vocals would have saved the day.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Over the years, we've heard a variety of excuses from athletes about how or why they got caught using performance-enhancing drugs. But there's a really great one that we're surprised we haven't heard yet and it has to do with sex.
[From Jeff Passan: The sad case of Dee Gordon, another unlikely PED user for MLB]
All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended for PEDs early Friday morning after Major League Baseball found two drugs, exogenous testosterone and clostebol, in his system. The penalty is 80 games. He later released a statement confirming the positive test, but said the substances were in his body unknowingly.Sat, Apr 306:10 PM EDTToronto at Tampa BayPreview Game