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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 mins ago
On Saturday, protestors started gathering in the streets of Baltimore to express their anger over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man suffered a spinal injury that allegedly occurred while he was being arrested by Baltimore police.
According to reports early in the day, the protests were mostly peaceful. However, as the day has gone along, the protests have become most destructive, with numerous reports of prospectors throwing objects at police dressed in riot gear, and breaking out windows in police cars and buildings around Camden and Howard Street, which is right outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the home of the Baltimore Orioles.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Folks, we need to make something perfectly clear here. There's a reason major league players are what they are, major leaguers. And there's a reason the rest of us are left to talk and write about their accomplishments.
They're the best in the world at what they do, and although we may think we have an advantage or two in some athletic capacity — in some cases, it's possible we do — it's best to just leave well enough alone. Don't poke the angry bears, as they say. And certainly don't question their abilities or challenge them to anything competitive, because you're going to get their best and probably feel bad about it later.Sat, Apr 258:40 PM EDTLA Dodgers at San DiegoPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
When Ricky Romero was named to the All-Star game in 2011 it appeared it was just the start of a long and prosperous career with the Toronto Blue Jays. Then he suddenly lost the ability to pitch effectively at the major league level and now his career in Toronto is over.
The Blue Jays released Romero on Saturday, less than four years after he received that All-Star nod. He was in the final year of a five-year, $30.1 million extension he signed back in 2010 and general manager Alex Anthopoulos decided that since he wasn't likely to contribute this season it was best to let him go.LiveToronto2 - 4Tampa BayFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The phrase "never say never" has never been more appropriate.
A little more than two years after leaving the Texas Rangers in free agency, troubled outfielder Josh Hamilton is reportedly headed back to Texas via a stunning trade, which follows his much publicized relapse and falling out with the Los Angeles Angels. It will reunite Hamilton with a team with which he shared many ups and downs.
The deal has been agreed to, according to multiple reports and could become official in a matter of hours or days. According to Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers will take on less than $7 million of the $93 million remaining on Hamilton's contract.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
If the Gold Glove at third base in the National League is Nolan Arenado's to lose, all the other candidates might as well change positions or find a new goal for the year. Arenado has done nothing but add highlight reel plays to his already impressive resume, and the work he's currently doing could easily cement him as the man to beat for years to come.
For example, take Friday night's defensive exhibition in Colorado's 6-4 win against the San Francisco Giants. At two key points in the game, Arenado stepped up to make exceptional defensive plays. The first saved Colorado at least one run, while getting them two outs. The second killed a rally before it could even get started, which helped Colorado hold on.LiveSan Francisco1 - 0ColoradoFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Oakland Athletics hoped a few days off would be enough for Ben Zobrist to recover from a knee injury he sustained last Sunday. Turns out he'll need a few weeks and surgery to get right.
Zobrist was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with what the team is calling torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks following surgery. He initially hurt his knee sliding into second base last Sunday and didn't start for four games before returning to the lineup Friday night. Unfortunately for the A's the pain persisted and the decision was made to send him to the operating room, though Zobrist is aiming to be back healthy in just over a month:
#Athletics Ben Zobrist on meniscus surgery: "hoping I'll be back June 1 and will have four months to help this team the way I can."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Major League Baseball worked overtime this weekend to hand down discipline following the wild brawl involving the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
In a press release issued Saturday morning, the league announced six players have been suspended for their role in the brawl. Kansas City Royals starter Yordano Ventura, who has been involved in multiple incidents already this season, got hit the hardest. He received a seven-game suspension for his role in escalating tensions after getting into a heated exchange with Chicago's Adam Eaton.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Before the on field hostilities kicked in between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, it's reported the Orioles were already displeased by the ballpark's new artificial turf, which early in the season has played very soft and thick. That's led to several unusual hops and baseballs slowing down much quicker than on normal grass or typical turf surface.
In fact, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles may have been one step out the door, at one point even considering boycotting or flat out forfeiting Tuesday's game after infielder Jimmy Paredes was shaken up after taking a bad hop ground ball to the face.
Paredes was fine, but there were concerns about another bad hop, or worse yet, the turf potentially giving way leading to a season-changing knee or ankle injury.LiveBoston2 - 3BaltimoreFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The Houston Astros and Oakland A's cornered the market on crazy on Friday night, so it would have been appropriate for Josh Reddick to dash home in the 10th inning with the game-winning run, which also would have doubled as a walk-off Little League home run.
The thing is, this game was so crazy, a crazy A's victory wasn't good enough. It needed to go another inning, where the first-place Astros — crazy, isn't it? — could prove their resilience before holding off another wild A's rally.
Now we'll continue.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The previously red hot Atlanta Braves were cooled off in New York to begin the week. Now it would appear they're frozen after dropping their weekend series opener 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The fact the game ended 1-0 is painful enough for Atlanta. That they only mustered two hits against Aaron Harang, who was in their rotation last season, adds some salt to the wound. But the kicker has to be their defense, which committed four errors on the evening. The final one led directly to the game's only run, as Freddie Freeman was unable to handle Ben Revere's ninth-inning chopper.
Freeman and the entire infield were drawn in on the play to cut down the winning run at home. It might have worked, but the ball squirted away before Freeman could corral it, which allowed Freddy Galvis to sprint home. It goes down as a game-winning RBI for Revere, and a walk-off error for Freeman, who committed only five errors all last season.LiveAtlanta1 - 2PhiladelphiaFollow Game