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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The 707th triple play in baseball history marked a series of firsts that are almost impossible to believe.
The Washington Nationals were responsible for turning this historic triple play during Friday’s 4-1 win against the Giants. With the game on the line in the eighth inning, they executed a 3-3-5 triple play to escape the jam and leave the scuffling Giants absolutely stunned.
What makes it historic though? Well, perhaps the most improbable reason it marked the first time this specific combination of fielders contributed to a triple play.
— Doug Kern (@dakern74) July 30, 2016
The SABR Triple Play Datebase is the real deal and is worth checking out. Every triple play is there, with every situation and every combination record.Sat, Jul 304:05 PM EDTWashington at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend 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.
Despite a mostly encouraging debut on June 18, Tim Lincecum’s comeback bid with the Los Angeles Angels has devolved into a disaster.
The once dominant right-hander looks like a shell of himself from his Cy Young seasons in 2008 and 2009, or even just excellent years in 2010 and 2011. Honestly, he just doesn’t look like a pitcher who belongs at the big league level, but that’s exactly where the Angels are likely to keep him.
Lincecum has struggled to find consistency with any of his pitches. His command seemingly abandons him at a moment’s notice. Friday’s outing against the Red Sox was a good example of how far away Lincecum is from making any type of impact. In five excruciating innings, he allowed four runs on five hits.Sat, Jul 309:05 PM EDTBoston at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has seemingly been on the trading block for two straight seasons. With Cincinnati now fully committed to rebuilding though, it’s only a matter of time, perhaps even hours, before the veteran slugger dons a new uniform.
Though the Reds said Bruce’s market was slow on Friday, it’s become clear that Bruce is a hot commodity among teams searching for offense. The rumor mill centered around his name quite a bit during the evening hours, with a deal being almost certain before Monday.
Interest in Bruce has a lot to do with how he’s been performing this season, and especially recently. Entering Friday’s game in San Diego, Bruce was hitting .271 with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs through 95 games. Over the last two seasons, he hit just .222 while averaging 22 homers and 76 RBIs.
Currently, Bruce is enjoying a nine-game hitting streak. During that time he’s hit seven homers and driven in 15.
Needless to say, he’s taken several steps forward to again become one of baseball’s most productive left-handed hitters. Now we wait to see where he lands, but while we do let’s also examine where he best fits.
Here are four landing spots that seem to make a lot of sense.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The Minnesota Twins left their own fans confused on Thursday when they began scrolling a list of potential deadline trades on their left field scoreboard.
— Twinkie Town (@TwinkieTown) July 29, 2016
It’s one of those things we’ve tried warning you about. You’ll see a lot of names thrown around by a lot of different people before Monday’s deadline, but you’ll always want to double and triple check those sources to first make sure they’re real people, and always to confirm the deal has been finalized.Sat, Jul 307:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 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.
POTENTIAL BLOCKBUSTER: The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly working to line up a three-team blockbuster that would ultimately land them coveted outfielder Jay Bruce. Obviously, the Reds would be heavily involved, though the third team remains a mystery. All hail, the mystery team. [@jaysonst]
TWO ISN’T ENOUGH: According to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Dodgers and Reds discussed a deal centered around Jay Bruce and Yasiel Puig, but were unable to find common ground. That could be where the third team would come in. [@JeffPassan]
Sources: Dodgers, Reds discussed deal centered around Jay Bruce and Yasiel Puig. Didn't materialize. Still plenty of permutations possible.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2016Sat, Jul 309:10 PM EDTArizona at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The stars of Hollywood came together with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night to raise money for two Dodgers’ charities and to celebrate the legendary career of broadcaster Vin Scully.
The “blue carpet” event was the second annual Dodgers Foundation’s Blue Diamond Gala. More than 1,000 people attended, including celebrities ranging from Matthew McConaughey to John Mayer to Sylvester Stallone. The main event was a two-hour concert from Fleetwood Mac, which included a special appearance by Scully himself.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Vince Velasquez is putting together a constructive sophomore season for the Philadelphia Phillies and could be a target for other teams in trade talks as the trade deadline approaches.
Velasquez is 8-2 with a 3.34 ERA heading into Friday night’s start in Atlanta against the Braves. After a bit of a rough stretch in June, he has been solid in July and hasn’t taken a loss since late May.
He’ll be looking for a fourth consecutive outing of at least six innings in what is Yahoo Sports’ MLB Free Game of the Day. The contest, which starts at 7:35 p.m. ET, can be streamed at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home, the Yahoo Sports app and this very post. Local blackouts apply per MLB rules.
The Texas Rangers are rumored to be interested in acquiring the Phillies’ 24-year-old right-hander, but it’s unclear if the Phillies would even entertain a trade proposal involving Velasquez.Sat, Jul 307:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
After a four-year investigation into Curt Schilling’s bungled video-game company, Rhode Island authorities announced Friday that no one involved in the mess that cost taxpayers $112.6 million would face criminal charges.
“A bad deal does not always equate to an indictment,” Col. Steven O’Donnell, the superintendent of the state police, said at a press conference. O’Donnell said the state’s investigation included interviews of more than 100 people and looking through thousands of documents.
The state police and attorney general’s office were looking for evidence of fraud in the $75-million loan that the state guaranteed in order to lure Schilling’s start-up gaming company, 38 Studios, from Massachusetts to Rhode Island.
An eight-page explanation of the decision included the following:
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The acquisition of bazooka-armed reliever Aroldis Chapman wasn’t exactly greeted with glee by Chicago Cubs fans because of the pitcher’s offseason domestic violence incident.
While Cubs fans are desperate for their team to finally end its 108-year-old streak without a World Series title, some aren’t desperate enough that they feel comfortable adding a player to the roster who was accused of domestic violence before prosecutors ultimately decided not to file charges.
Lifelong Cubs fan Caitlin Swieca decided to do something positive to help herself cope with the disappointment she felt in her beloved team. Swieca told dnainfo.com she has decided to donate $10 to the Domestic Violence Legal Council of Chicago for each save recorded by Chapman for the rest of the regular season.Sat, Jul 302:20 PM EDTSeattle at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
After a pinch-hit double Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki sits at 2,998 MLB hits. That puts him well within striking distance of the magic 3,000-mark Friday night when the Miami Marlins say he’ll be in the starting lineup.
With 3,000 in sight — he’ll be the 30 th player to join the prestigious club — ESPN’s Marly Rivera published an exclusive interview with Ichiro that touches on a number of topics ranging from retirement (he says he wants to play until he’s 50) to the attention that comes with his 3,000-hit pursuit (he says outsiders care more than he does). The entire thing is worth your time.