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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
In the end, only one of the Little League World Series' big stories could survive, and it wouldn't be Mo'ne Davis.
Davis, the 13-year-old girl pitcher who captured the nation's attention, and her Taney Dragons team from Philadelphia were eliminated from the tournament Thursday. Chicago's Jackie Robinson West, which made headlines because it's made up entirely of black players, won the game 6-5 and advances to the U.S. finals.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
At some point, this improbable streak the Washington Nationals are riding will end — but it wasn't happening Thursday.
The Nats won their 10th straight game, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 on a walk-off error in the bottom of the ninth inning. Of the Nats' last six wins, five of them have been walk-offs, which is a crazy kind of luck that the team and its fans have started to call #WalkOffCity.
Denard Span was in the hero role this time. He singled in the ninth inning of a scoreless game, then stole second. Anthony Rendon hit a grounder to third, which Jordan Pacheco of Arizona threw into the camera well beyond first base. That meant Span went to third base and was awarded home.
It was a little strange. Being "awarded" a walk-off win summons confusion. But a 10-game winning streak accepts victories of all types.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
On Thursday, the Brewers finally got Hank the Dog, the most famous canine in baseball, in a room with his namesake — the great Hank Aaron, who played 12 seasons with the Milwaukee Braves, then finished his career as a Milwaukee Brewer.Fri, Aug 225:10 PM PDTPittsburgh at MilwaukeePreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
A judge in Michigan dismissed third-degree sexual assault charges Thursday against Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed, saying Reed's accuser wasn't "a very credible witness."
Reed, 28, had faced up to 15 years in prison after a 45-year-old woman accused him of raping her while she was physically and/or mentally incapacitated in a hotel room at the Motor City Casino in Detroit after they met at a suburban bar earlier the same night in March.
"I'm so elated," Reed told reporters outside of the courtroom. "This nightmare has went on way longer than it should have, as it is. I can finally concentrate on my career again. I can have my life back. The stress it's put on me and my family... I still wonder how I ever got charged, but all I can do is praise everyone that helped. He made a tough decision in there. Everyone that's stood by me... I'm just extremely happy."
The Wayne County prosecutor's office said no decision has been made regarding an appeal.Fri, Aug 225:10 PM PDTDetroit at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Garrett Richards' injured knee, it turns out, is as bad as it looked.
The Los Angeles Angels ace has a torn patella tendon in left knee, the team announced Thursday. It will require surgery and keep him out six to nine months. His season, obviously, is done and he could miss the start of 2015.
Richards was on the ground in agony Wednesday night after his knee buckled while racing to cover first base. It happened in the second inning of the Angels' game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Richards was eventually carried off the field, sent to the hospital, then flown back to L.A. on Thursday morning for an MRI.Fri, Aug 227:05 PM PDTLA Angels at OaklandPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
David Price couldn't have been much better than he was Thursday facing his old teammates for the first time. The offense of his new team, the Detroit Tigers, on the other hand, could have helped Price a lot more in his return to Tropicana Field to face the Tampa Bay Rays.
Price threw a complete game one-hitter, striking out nine and retiring 23 straight batters — and he lost! The Tigers couldn't muster a single run of support to help Price, who was essentially one pitch from a no-hitter. His counterpart, Alex Cobb, was great too. Giving up just two hits and striking out six in seven scoreless innings, as the Rays won 1-0.
The only baserunners against Price came in the first inning. After getting a standing ovation from Rays fans when he took the mound, Price allowed a triple to the third batter, Brandon Guyer. That scored Ben Zobrist, who had reached on an error an at-bat earlier.Fri, Aug 224:07 PM PDTTampa Bay at TorontoPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Chris Rock isn't Jim Harbaugh, that's for sure. Which is to say, the famous comedian very obviously isn't a foul-ball hawkwhen he visits a baseball stadium.
At Thursday's Houston Astros-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium (which the Yankees won 3-0), Rock was seated right behind the visitor's dugout. Jon Singleton of the Astros hit a looping foul ball toward Rock's seat. The comic didn't make a great play on it. He stood up, holding his phone in one hand, sort of trying to catch the ball, sort of trying to protect his head.
But the ball landed and Rock reached down and grabbed it, so it was his. Just not for long.
He immediately found a kid sitting nearby and handed the ball off. Chris Rock's a smart man. He knows people of the Internet would have whined and complained if he kept the ball, the rich getting richer and whatnot.
- David Brown at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is known for his intense and competitve nature (except perhaps when it comes to the pants he chooses to wear at times). His personality does extend, however, from the football field to the grandstand at baseball games. He's a big fan. He even brings his glove to games, which probably seems extreme, even nerdy, to some. But it's pure Harbaugh, because he's a COMPETITOR — even for a foul ball.
In fact, Coach says he's caught "20" over the years. Twen-ty. Some fans wait half of their lives for a clean chance at ONE foul, and Harbaugh says he's got 20. He broke this news in Tim Kawakami's column in the San Jose Mercury News from Wednesday. The entire post is about Harbaugh's new friendship and growing bond with Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, who finds it "hilarious, but not surprising" that Harbaugh brings his glove:
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
If it seems like Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley is losing his grip this week, it's because he actually has lost his grip this week. Twice.
First, during Monday's game against the Seattle Mariners, Utley lost his bat after fouling a pitch off, sending it helicoptering past the pitcher's mound. Then on Wednesday afternoon, Utley literally tossed his bat at a pitch from Mariners left-hander James Paxton, and this time he not only made contract, but also somehow kept it fair and turned it into an RBI.Fri, Aug 224:10 PM PDTSeattle at BostonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Nick Swisher's frustrating and painful season is officially (and perhaps also mercifully) over after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both knees Wednesday. The Cleveland Indians announced his status late Wednesday afternoon.
Nick Swisher is undergoing surgery today +Dr Neil ElAttrache performed an arthroscopic debridement in both knees. Full recovery is 8-10 wks
Swisher, 34, has been slowed by knee issues since May, leading to his least productive season in the big leagues. In 97 games, Swisher slashed .208/.278/.331, to go along with eight home runs and 42 RBIs. The average is his lowest in 11 seasons, and he was on pace to finish with fewer than 21 home runs for the first time since 2005.
The latter stat speaks to Swisher's consistency over the years, while making it clear that his bad wheels have been a major drain on his production.Fri, Aug 224:05 PM PDTHouston at ClevelandPreview Game