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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 first game of the 2016 season between the two teams that faced off the NLCS last year lived up to the hype. And for the New York Mets the hope is that the result Thursday night gives them some life going forward.
The Chicago Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run home run by Kris Bryant in the first inning and Javier Baez made it 3-0 with solo blast in the sixth. It looked like the Cubs were in control and would stroll to an easy win and hand the Mets, who had just been swept by the Nationals, another loss.
Yoenis Cespedes launched a towering shot in the bottom of the sixth off Cubs starter John Lackey to put New York on the board, but it was in the seventh when they really pounced.
Lackey came out of the game after allowing a one-out single and was replaced by Joel Peralta. Peralta proceeded to walk Alejandro De Aza and then gave up an RBI single to Brandon Nimmo that brought the Mets within one.Fri, Jul 14:10 PM PDTChi Cubs at NY MetsPreview Game
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LeBron James and the Cavaliers deliver Cleveland its first pro sports championship in over 50 years and all of a sudden the city forgets what it feels like to lose.
The Indians have been on a tear since the Cavaliers won Game 6 of the NBA Finals on July 16, and their winning streak has reached 13 with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night
You thought the Cleveland championship drought was long? The last time the Indians were this hot was 65 years ago.
The 13 consecutive victories equals the franchise-record shared by the 1951 and 1942 Indians. Add in the Cavs’ wins in Game 6 and 7 on their way to the title and Cleveland sports teams have gone 15 days without suffering a loss.Fri, Jul 110:07 AM PDTCleveland at TorontoPreview Game
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Former New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra has lived an … uh … interesting life. At some point, he realized this and decided to put all his stories together in one place. Dykstra’s book, “House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge,” was released Tuesday, and it’s already selling like crazy.
Turns out, when you’re a former major-leaguer who is willing to talk about your steroid use, time as a male escort and prison life, people take notice.
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You can bet no one in Major League Baseball was happier to watch the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers win the College World Series than Tampa Bay Rays utility player Taylor Motter.
Motter is the only player on an active major-league roster to have attended Coastal Carolina. Tommy La Stella of the Chicago Cubs also went there, but he’s currently on rehab so he’s not on the active roster, though that didn’t stop him from winning a bet with Cubs ace Jake Arrieta when CCU beat Arrieta’s TCU Horned Frogs with a spot in the championship series on the line.
Coastal Carolina is not a program that’s considered to be among the giants in college baseball, yet here they were in the championship game Thursday opposite perennial power Arizona, holding onto a 4-2 lead heading in the ninth inning.
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Coastal Carolina captured the College World Series crown Thursday, underdogs until the very last out. Not only was it Coastal Carolina’s first baseball championship, it was the school’s first championship in any sport.
The Chanticleers had won the Big South conference many times before, and they’ve made it to the NCAA tournament 14 times. But they’d never made it to the College World Series in Omaha, the promised land for college baseball teams.
Despite coach Gary Gilmore building a consistently successful baseball program at the 10,000-student school near Myrtle Beach, S.C., they were still just another mid-major team that did well for itself but couldn’t hang with the NCAA power baseball programs. Until this year, that is.
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The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets meet for four games beginning Thursday. It’ll be the first time they’ve played since last season’s National League Championship Series, in which the hard-throwing Mets swept the upstart Cubs and advanced to the World Series.
And while this is very much a meeting of two of baseball’s most interesting clubs this season, it’s not simply the postseason rematch you might think. These teams have changed a lot since last October — heck, they’ve both changed a lot since June 1. We’re looking at you, Mets pitching elbows.
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If Baseball School were an actual place, this would be one of the lessons: When you’re at the plate and your teammate is stealing a base, help him out. Swing at the pitch. Make it a little harder for the catcher to throw him out.
When it came time to show an instructional video, they would definitely NOT show the above clip of New York Yankees utility man Ronald Torreyes. Because it’s downright embarrassing.
Torreyes was at the plate in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Texas Rangers. The score was 1-1 after Didi Gregorious had hit a solo homer earlier in the inning. Aaron Hicks walked. And Torreyes was up with one out, trying to, at the very least, get the go-ahead run in scoring position. That didn’t happen.Fri, Jul 17:40 PM PDTNY Yankees at San DiegoPreview Game
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The four words Los Angeles Dodgers fans never wanted to hear have become a reality: Clayton Kershaw is injured. The 28-year-old will go on the disabled list with a back injury. It’s currently unclear when he’ll be able to return.
As Mike Oz outlined Tuesday, this is pretty bad for the Dodgers. Losing the best pitcher in baseball, even for 15 days, would be devastating to any team. But for the Dodgers, who have dealt with a number of pitching injuries already this season, the injury hits much harder.Fri, Jul 17:10 PM PDTColorado at LA DodgersPreview Game
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Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Matt Imhof was going through a normal postgame exercise routine last week when he was injured in a freak accident that Imhof said Thursday led to his eye being surgically removed.
Imhof is a 22-year-old pitcher picked by the Phillies in the second round of the 2014 draft and assigned to the Single-A the Clearwater Threshers. He was in the workout room of the Brevard County Manatees, the Milwaukee Brewers Single-A team, last Friday when his eye was, as doctors put it, “crushed like a grape.”Fri, Jul 14:05 PM PDTKansas City at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
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The Major League Baseball All-Star game is just around the corner. On July 12, the American League and National League will go at it in San Diego to determine home field advantage in the World Series.
If you want to have any influence over the contest, now is the time to act. All-Star voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. Yes, we are officially less than 24 hours away from the end of the voting period.
With that in mind, we thought it might be useful to highlight five players who deserve your vote during the final day. If you want to see the latest vote update, so you can see which players are trailing, go here.
Since players rarely campaign for themselves these days, we figured it would be fun to present their case in the form of political ads. These players might be down, but they are not out. If you want to support their cause, make sure to head over to MLB.com and vote before it’s too late.