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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright almost did something that would have put him in the same conversation as Randy Johnson on Monday. It was not a statistical milestone, though. Wainwright almost recreated Johnson's infamous bird incident.
Take a look for yourself. A bird flies dangerous close to the strike zone during one of Wainwright's pitches during Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Somehow, the bird makes it out unscathed.
Adam Wainwright almost just Randy Johnson'd a bird ... pic.twitter.com/ysZ173GGAt
That was a close call. On top of somehow avoiding Wainwright's pitch, the bird also manages to get out of the way of Chelsor Cuthbert's bat.
Everything about the Johnson incident seemed surreal at the time. So many things had to come together at exactly the right moment in order for a bird to be hit with a pitch mid-flight. On top of that, it just so happened that the pitcher with the hardest fastball delivered the pitch. It seemed impossible.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
All teams are prone to streaky play. But the Kansas City Royals have taken that to a whole new level in June. Looking at the games they've played, it's almost like they can only win or lose in streaks.
You can watch the Royals try to turn one win into a two-win streak when they take on the St. Louis Cardinals, and you can watch it for free because it's Yahoo Sports' MLB Free Game of the Day. The game, which starts at 8:15 p.m. ET, can be streamed on Yahoo's Sports Home , MLB index , video home and right here in the story you’re reading. Local blackouts apply.
If we start at the beginning of June, the Royals ended a six-game winning streak on June 1. Then on June 2 they started a new streak, but of the losing variety. They lost eight games in a row, but once they won a game they won five straight games. After one loss, they started a mini-streak of three wins, then lost four games directly after.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Jon Snow has plenty of support from the North on HBO's "Game of Thrones." In baseball, he has at least one supporter in the South.
Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler is a big fan of (spoiler alert) Ned Stark's son ... er ... the Lord Commander ... er ... the King of the North. He showed off that respect by dressing up as Snow in preparation of Sunday's season finale.
We may have already given away too much above, so we'll try not to do so here. It's been a pretty big season for Snow. And given what fans may have learned about his lineage in the season finale, it's pretty clear he still has a big role to play in the final seasons.
As far as Koehler's cosplay, well, it's looking a little rough. The wig, cape and sword work, but the next time you see Jon Snow wearing basketball shorts will be the first. Also, his swordplay could use some work.
At the same time, cosplay is probably not the most important thing on Koehler's mind right now. He's in the middle of the season and the Marlins are playing well. Fans would probably prefer he remained focused on winning games, and not on buying realistic armor.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
If it feels like we live in a never-ending election cycle in 2016, that's not too far from the truth. But here's one election that ends this week: MLB All-Star voting, which finishes up at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. So start penciling in those circles ... errr, start clacking away on your keyboard.
If you haven't already used your personal allotment of 35 votes, head over to the All-Star site to make your choices before the clocks strikes midnight and Omar Infante turns back into a pumpkin.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The Washington Nationals are replacing their former No. 1 pitching prospect with their current one. With Stephen Strasburg officially on the disabled list, Nats skipper Dusty Baker announced Monday that they're calling up Lucas Giolito to start Tuesday against the New York Mets in his major-league debut.
Giolito, 21, has been one of the most-hyped pitching prospects in baseball for the past two seasons, ranking at No. 5 on Baseball America's preseason Top 100 list. That's one notch behind Julio Urias, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who debuted last month.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Since many contenders around baseball are already dreaming of adding either Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman to their bullpens, it's safe to say a good chunk of the league thinks of the New York Yankees as trade-deadline sellers as we getting closer to July.
The Yankees are 37-37. They're eighth in the AL wild-card standings and 2.5 games out of the postseason going into play Monday. So, they're not horrible but not great. And selling? Well, it's at least a possibility at this point.
In Yankee-land, it's at least an interesting topic, mostly because they're the Yankees and the Yankees don't sell all that often. So on Monday, when the New York media got some face time with team president Randy Levine, the question was asked: "What do you think of the suggestion that the Yankees should become sellers?"
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
During the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, play was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning when a large piece of dirt mysteriously appeared on the mound. Well, it wasn't actually all that mysterious. The mound is made of dirt, as is the rest of the baseball field. But for a few minutes, everyone acted like it was a totally foreign object.
It was a bizarre scene. The umpire had poked it with his foot a few times to make sure it was dead (it was a chunk of dirt, so it probably was), but the players wouldn't get very close to it. They were standing away from the harmless chunk of dirt like they were afraid it would suddenly transform into a radioactive, athlete-munching monster.
It was Jean Segura who finally had the courage to meet that mysterious chunk of dirt head on. While the umpire called for the grounds crew, he stepped up to it, looked down, and then stomped it with his foot. He stomped on it again, kicked it with the side of his shoe, and then showed off his devil-may-care attitude by picking it up and slamming it back into the ground.LiveToronto4 - 5ColoradoFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 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.
Either the apocalypse is nigh, or the city of Cleveland is catching up on years of awful sports karma. Just a few weeks after the Cavaliers brought home an NBA title, the Cleveland Indians have become the most unstoppable team in baseball.
The club picked up its ninth straight win during a 9-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. They managed to do so despite the fact that Tigers ace Justin Verlander was on the mound.
That didn't matter. Verlander appeared to be on his way to at least a decent start until the fifth inning. At that point, disaster struck.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Sunday was a day of firsts for New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. Yes, he would be making his 2016 debut for one of the team's minor-league clubs, but he would also have to face the media for the first time since his domestic violence arrest last November.
Reyes was arrested and charged after allegedly grabbing his wife by the throat and throwing her into a sliding door. Those charges were dropped, however, after Reyes' wife refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
Reyes was placed onpaid leave initially as Major League Baseball investigated the situation. Eventually, commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Reyes until May 31. The Colorado Rockies parted ways with him shortly after that, and he re-signed with the Mets.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Miami Marlins infielder Martin Prado may have played the hero during Sunday's 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs, but he certainly looked like a villain during his post-game interview.
Prado was the star of the contest, hitting a three-run double in the eighth inning to put the nail in the Cubs' coffin. Because of that hit, Prado was asked to be on the Marlins post-game interview.
That's when things got interesting. Prado starts out giving a normal interview until two of his Marlins teammates show up. One of them was Jose Fernandez, who struck out 13 over seven innings during the game. The second was an unidentified teammates in a monkey mask. Both of them proceeded to lather Prado's head and face with shaving cream.
Aside from the monkey mask, that's basically to be expected, right? Well, that's when things got weird. Instead of wiping off all the shaving cream, Prado put his cap and headset back on and proceeded to do the interview. He looked like a mix between classic horror villain Michael Myers and Robin Williams with cake frosting on his face from Mrs. Doubtfire.