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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 mins ago
With just six games remaining in the regular season, the Detroit Tigers remain on the periphery of the American League playoff race. Detroit sits just two games out, and while the club faces an uphill battle, their pursuit of October glory is still in play.
In order to get there, Detroit will need a little help. The team’s late playoff charge will be the focus of Tuesday’s MLB Free Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports. Justin Verlander and the Tigers will take on Jason Kipnis (maybe … more on that in a second) and the Cleveland Indians. The contest, which starts at 7:10 p.m. ET, can be streamed on Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules.
Detroit can help its own cause by winning tonight, but the Tigers still need other scenarios to break their way in order to move up in the wild card standings. Here are the three things every Tigers fan should be hoping for Tuesday night … and the rest of the season, really.Tue, Sep 277:10 PM EDTCleveland at DetroitPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez sent shockwaves through the baseball community. Teammates grieved the player they loved, while opponents paid tribute to the competitor they respected. The Marlins played their first game without Fernandez on Monday, and given the circumstances surrounding his death, it proved to be an emotional affair. Prior to that game being played, however, Fernandez’s story became even more heartbreaking.
Hours before first pitch, a bag containing baseballs signed by Fernandez washed ashore about a mile away from the crash scene.Tue, Sep 277:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Goggles were worn and fizzy beverages were sprayed on Monday night after the Cleveland Indians clinched their first AL Central division title since 2007. And as you’d expect from a team that hasn’t won their division in nine years, there was a lot of celebration.
Catcher Mike Napoli seemed like the guy who was ready to party more than any of his teammates. There may have been a celebration in the clubhouse, but he understands the true nature of partying.
The party is “wherever I’m going,” for I am a one man party, ready to spread joy at a moment’s notice. Andrew W.K. should get Napoli to appear on his Power of Partying tour. At the very least, Napoli should consider using “Party Hard” as his walk-up music.
Napoli wasn’t the only guy having fun, of course. It looked like a good time was had by all. Pitcher Carlos Carrasco celebrated despite his injury, and also caught two Indians employees opening huge bins of champagne bottles with desperate quickness.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
One of the worst things about the end of the baseball season is that there will be no new highlights from Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre for at least six months. And considering how he’s kept us entertained this season, that’s a shame. He’s stared down players who prematurely celebrate home runs, he almost started a new dance craze, he’s singled from his knee, and he still hates having his head touched. And he’s done it all while hitting .298/.356/.519.
So what did he do this time? He decided to play a little putt-putt mini golf at home plate.Tue, Sep 278:05 PM EDTMilwaukee at TexasPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 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 Chicago Cubs once again proved something that’s been obvious the entire season: They are far and away the best team in baseball. With a 12-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cubs became the first club to reach 100 wins this year.
They did so in grand fashion. With the team leading by one run in the fourth inning, the Cubs offense went to work. Jason Heyward singled to open the frame, Addison Russell was hit by a pitch and Albert Almora Jr. singled to load the bases.
That brought infielder Javier Baez to the plate. With the bases loaded, Baez unloaded on an 0-2 sinker from Chad Kuhl. The shot landed in out in the left field bleachers, giving Baez a grand slam and the Cubs a 5-0 lead.Tue, Sep 277:05 PM EDTChi Cubs at PittsburghPreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Sorry, Milwaukee Brewers, your World Series trophy is in another castle. One they might want to visit in four or five years.
The Brewers are in rebuilding mode, meaning many of their valuable players have been traded away by now — either at the trade deadline or before the season. What followed was a season lingering around the cellar of the NL Central (only the Reds were worse). But at least we know Hank the Dog is really Hank the Dog, right?
Like we’ll do with every eliminated team in our Game Over series, we’re about to examine what went wrong for the Brewers, what went right, what’s the best 2016 memory, what they need to fix and what the future might hold.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
If not for the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals’ resurgence would have been the biggest story in the National League. Just one year after an embarrassing collapse, which featured the best player on the club getting choked by Jonathan Papelbon and the dismissal of manager Matt Williams, the Nationals lived up to expectations by capturing the NL East title.
From the start of the season, this was the Nationals club many expected the last couple seasons. Washington sat in first place for an incredible 172 days. The farthest they ever fell behind the division lead was just a half a game, and that came all the back on May 11. They managed to do so despite multiple injuries to Stephen Strasburg and a massive decline in production from reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper.
Now that the Nationals are back in October, they’ll need to focus on moving past the National League Division Series for the first time since the franchise relocated to D.C. If they can manage that, the Nationals will be one step closer to winning the first World Series in franchise history.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five reasons the Nationals can make history in 2016.Tue, Sep 277:05 PM EDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
One day after Jose Fernandez’s tragic death, the Miami Marlins took the field against the New York Mets hoping to pay tribute to one of baseball’s brightest talents and biggest personalities.
With Fernandez’s death still fresh on the minds of every single Marlins player, it proved to be an emotional event.
During pregame ceremonies, the entire Marlins team, clad intheir No. 16 jerseys, met at the mound and knelt down around it.
Cannot imagine what these players are feeling.
(all these screenshots are from the Marlins TV broadcast) pic.twitter.com/Vsfoc72wPZ
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) September 26, 2016
The team then gathered together as outfielder Giancarlo Stanton spoke to his teammates while fighting back tears.
Giancarlo Stanton “we’re going to find a way to do this” pic.twitter.com/cpytP1HTGS
— Stacey Pressman (@slp1313) September 26, 2016
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The Cleveland Indians came into the season with a tough task: Unseat the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. On Monday, they did just that. With their 7-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, the Cleveland Indians clinched the AL Central for the first time since 2007.
A slow April may have been cause for concern early, but Cleveland eventually soared. The team went just 10-11 during the season’s first month, but then never posted a sub-.500 month the rest of the way. After a 16-13 May, the team ripped off an incredible 22-6 run in June. They claimed the division lead on June 4, and basically never gave it up from there. The Indians sat in first place for 115 days, and won the AL Central by a comfortable eight game margin.
While it may look like the team coasted to a division title, that wasn’t the case. Cleveland started the season without its best offensive player, outfielder Michael Brantley. Brantley was able to return from a shoulder injury in late April, but played in just 11 games before heading back to the disabled list. He was eventually shut down for the entire season.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
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TORONTO – The Blue Jays, still in the playoff hunt, and Yankees, all but out of it, engaged in a beanball back-and-forth Monday night that saw three batters get hit and the benches clear twice.
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino was summoned from the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Masahiro Tanaka and his first inning on the mound was, to put it lightly, effectively wild. He gave up one run but walked two and hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch. As the Blue Jays have felt Donaldson has been the unfair target of fastballs before what followed shouldn’t be too surprising, even if Severino was struggling with his command and didn’t intend to plunk the reigning AL MVP.
In the top of the second, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ threw a fastball behind the first batter he faced, Chase Headley, and connected on the second attempt, causing the umpire to warn both teams and both benches and bullpens to clear. An irate Joe Girardi was tossed, his contention being that Happ should have been warned, or even ejected, when he missed with the first pitch instead of waiting to warn the teams once Headley had been hit.