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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew37 mins ago
Here we are, back in the middle of another rash of performance-enhancing drugs suspension in Major League Baseball. Six big leaguers have already been suspended this season, including reigning NL batting champ Dee Gordon and most recently Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin on Monday, and more are reportedly on the way.Wed, May 47:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew1 hr ago
When a baseball player breaks a bat over their knee after striking out, it's usually a position player. Maybe he's in a slump, or he missed his pitch, and he's taking his anger out on the bat. But on Tuesday night, San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija demonstrated that even pitchers get angry when they strike out.
In the top of eighth inning of the Giants' game against the Cincinnati Reds, Samardzija came to bat with two outs and two runners on. The Giants were up 3-1, thanks to a single from Gregor Blanco just one batter earlier, but another single could have scored a welcome insurance run to give them a little breathing room.
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- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Milwaukee Brewers are currently 11-15, and while they've won their last three games, the overall expectations for the team aren't very high. They're not expected to make the playoffs, or even be seriously competitive.
So when a player is hitting really well on a team like that, it might make sense to consider trading him. On the Brewers, that player is Ryan Braun. He's gotten off to a fantastic start, hitting .372/.443/.605 over 24 games. So wouldn't he be more useful on a competitive team with an actual shot at making the playoffs, and not the Brewers?
You can watch Braun and the Brewers (while Braun is still with them) face the Los Angeles Angels in Wednesday's Free Game of the Day here at Yahoo Sports. The game starts at 1:40 p.m. ET, and you can stream it at Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home.Wed, May 41:40 PM EDTLA Angels at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with what else? A walk-off home run.Wed, May 47:07 PM EDTTexas at TorontoPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
It was a big night for the long ball in the major leagues Tuesday. A lot of baseballs seemed to be flying a long way including one from Justin Smoak that ended a game in walk-off fashion in Toronto and another from George Springer that completely left the stadium in Houston. But maybe the most interesting came off the bat of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay.
Thompson had a big night in the Dodgers’ 10-5 victory over the Rays. He went 2-for-5 with four RBI and smashed a a second-inning home run off Rays starter Matt Moore that literally never fell back to earth.
Thompson's home run hit the "C" ring catwalk and didn't come down. That's the sixth time at the Trop a ball hit a catwalk and didn't fall.
- Big League Stew16 hrs ago
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Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks famously said, “It’s a great day for a ballgame; let’s play two.” A pair of minor league teams hope to do one better on Wednesday. The Potomac Nationals, a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, and the Lynchburg Hillcats, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, have scheduled a tripleheader for Wednesday after games on Monday and Tuesday were interrupted or postponed by rain in Lynchburg, Va.
The teams will resume a game that was suspended in the top of the fifth inning Monday, starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and then plan to play a pair of seven-inning games later in the evening. Potomac was leading the suspended game 4-2 when play was stopped on Monday.Wed, May 42:15 PM EDTWashington at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
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Hollywood is calling for David Ortiz, and he'll be playing the role he was born to play: himself. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Boston Red Sox slugger will appear in the upcoming movie Patriots Day, which is about the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Ortiz will be re-enacting the emotional speech he gave at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013, just before the first game at the stadium after the tragic bombing. In the speech, Big Papi spoke to the fans, thanking the first responders and then passionately exclaiming "This is our [expletive] city, and no one is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong." It was an incredible moment, and a film about the bombing wouldn't be complete without it.
Though the speech took place at Fenway Park, Ortiz won't be filming there. That scene will be filmed at an airplane hangar in South Weymouth, MA that used to be a naval air station. There's a good reason that scene and others are being filmed close to, but not actually in, Boston. From The Hollywood Reporter:Wed, May 48:10 PM EDTBoston at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Even a casual fan can appreciate a tremendous baseball rivalry. The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have emerged as a strong one in recent years, and there's always excitement involved when the San Francisco Giants take on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That said, you just can't beat an old classic. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox have had one of baseball's best rivalries since the infamous Babe Ruth trade back in 1935. Even when one of the teams experiences a down year, watching New York and Boston go at it is usually a tremendous, drama-filled experience.
Thanks to Yahoo Sports' Free MLB Game of the Day, you'll have the opportunity to watch those two clubs battle it out right here on Yahoo Sports on May 6.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
On the field, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has performed like one of the best, if not the best, players in the majors. But due to MLB rules, he's unlikely to be compensated as such until he hits free agency following the 2018 season.
That's not the case off the field. Harper reportedly made history Tuesday, signing the largest endorsement deal ever by a baseball player, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. That deal is with Under Armour. The company has reportedly locked up Harper for the next 10 years.
While Under Armour announced the deal Tuesday, the company did not release the terms or the length of the extension. Harper has been with the company since 2011.
As part of the new deal, Harper gets his own shoe deal. Under Armour will begin selling the Under Armour Harper One, a baseball cleat, in July, according to Rovell.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The most anticipated pitching performance of the season will take place Friday. Shockingly, it doesn't involve Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw or Noah Syndergaard. In fact, it involves a player who has posted a 4.68 ERA over the past four seasons. Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum will hold his showcase Friday, and scouts from at least 20 teams are expected to attend.
Looking at his numbers, it might seem somewhat surprising that Lincecum is drawing so much interest. The former two-time Cy Young winner has produced more like a back-end starter in recent seasons, even losing his starting role occasionally with the Giants. His strikeout rate and fastball velocity have tumbled, while his ERA continues to rise. Injuries have played a role in his decline, but Lincecum is believed to be healthy now.