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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Ex-MLB All-Star Chuck Knoblauch was arrested Wednesday at his home near Houston for allegedly assaulting his wife, Cheri Knoblauch, who once appeared on the reality TV show "Baseball Wives."
There are obviously graver stakes involved in a case like this, but the upshot in the baseball world is that Knoblauch's former team, the Minnesota Twins, has canceled his scheduled induction into its Hall of Fameon Aug. 23.
News92FM in Houston reports that Knoblauch — a four-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year — is out of jail on $10,000 bond and is due back in court on July 30. The station had more details on the arrest and Knoblauch's other legal troubles:Thu, Jul 245:10 PM PDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Hope the Seattle Mariners kept Kendrys Morales' jerseys handy. He's on his way back.
Morales' weird 2014 just got weirder, as he's been traded from the Minnesota Twins back to the Mariners for pitcher Stephen Pryor. So ends Morales' oh-so-memorable 39-game stint with the Twins. He hit .234/.259/.325 in Minnesota with one homer and 18 RBIs after signing there on June 8. Twins fans will remember every single swing, obviously.
If you haven't followed the odd Kendrys Morales saga the past nine months:
• He rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners, for whom he played in 2013 and hit .277 with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs in 2013.
• Morales didn't immediately sign with another team. He was linked to a number of teams, including the Mariners, but a deal didn't get by spring training, nor by season's start.Thu, Jul 247:10 PM PDTBaltimore at SeattlePreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
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This interview with Ken Griffey Sr. starts out horrendously; the inquisitors from TMZ ask him about how "baseball has changed — right? — as far as eatin' at the bawlpark," since he was in his prime in the 1970s. What? It has changed, lots, going from hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jack in Griffey's day to a $26 taco that's 2 feet long today. But what's that got to do with the price of beans? And why would that be the first question you ask Ken Griffey if you happen upon him? Was he a noted hot dog-swiper?
About 35 seconds in, whomever has the video camera backs into a topic germane to the Griffey family. Paraphrasing: "What's it like having a son who was a better player than you were?"
Griffey gave an honest and funny answer:
"You always want the best for your child. So, if he's better than me, that's fine. Just remember: He got all of the home runs, and I got all of the rings."
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Oakland Athletics brought Jim Johnson into the game Wednesday night against the Houston Astros with a seven-run lead in the top of the eighth inning. He had six outs to get and everybody could go home happy. Everybody, including the A's fans who had grown to despise him.
Six outs. Seven-run lead. Easy enough, right?
Well, nothing's been easy this season for Johnson, the reigning AL saves leader who was traded to Oakland last winter from the Baltimore Orioles and paid $10 million by the usually payroll-stingy A's. Oakland fans booed him his very first game. He lost his closer job soon after. Heck, fans have even booed his wife this season.
- David Brown at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina cracks himself up. Correction: He crack ers himself up.
The younger Molina literally left a present at home plate for his older brother Jose Molina of the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night; two packages of cheese/peanut butter crackers. Cardinals coach Jose Oquendo delivered them just before the bottom of the first inning when Jose took his position behind the dish at Busch Stadium. The older Molina proceeded to stick the crackers in his back pocket and squatted the entire first inning with the snack stowed back there, smiling all of the way.
Is Jose Molina his brother's cracker keeper, or what? Meanwhile, Yadier Molina laughed it up from the St. Louis bench.
Yadi Molina has been sidelined with a thumb injury and is unable to play. Possibly feeling left out, he still wanted to let his big bro know he was there — and perhaps wanted to remind him that he's about 40 pounds lighter.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
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The Cincinnati Reds were digging deep into the depth chart on Wednesday afternoon to field a nine player lineup against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to missing former All-Stars and Gold Glove winners Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips at first base and second base respectively, they were also without starting shortstop Zack Cosart, who is day-to-day with a sore right hand.
That left them with All-Star Todd Frazier in his usual position at third base and three backups around the horn on the infield. Veteran Ramon Santiago handled shortstop. Skip Schumaker, an outfielder by trade who converted to second base with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009, returned to the infield. Meanwhile, backup catcher Brayan Pena made only his 20th career start at first base in 475 career games.
Needless to say, the Reds infield defense wasn't nearly as strong as it usually is, but the replacements still managed to make a terrific defensive play.Fri, Jul 254:10 PM PDTWashington at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is a bundle of energy every time he's on the field. On Wednesday night in Philadelphia — one of his former baseball homes — he perhaps had a little too much energy built up, and at one critical point during the game that led to a hilarious baserunning blunder.
With the game scoreless in the eighth inning, Pence attempted to manufacture a scoring chance by stealing second base and moving into scoring position. The good news: he had a fantastic jump and beat the throw by Carlos Ruiz by plenty. The bad news: he slid right on past the safety of second base and into no man's land.
At this point, most baserunners would have either given up or made a token attempt to get back to second. But this is Hunter Pence we're talking about. He's not going to give himself up that easy and he's not going to give a token effort. Instead, he popped up and made a beeline for third base.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
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In what could possibly be his final start in a New York Mets uniform, Bartolo Colon gave interested teams plenty of motivation to make a deal for his services. The 41-year-old right-hander retired each of the first 20 Seattle Mariners he faced on Wednesday afternoon before Robinson Cano busted up the perfect game bid with a single. Colon ended up working into the eighth and allowed a pair of runs on three hits, but picked up the victory in New York's 3-2 win.
''You're a little disappointed when they get a hit, but that's what they're trying to do,'' Colon said through an interpreter. ''They're trying to get a hit and break up the no-hitter.''
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
This is the fourth of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
Ask folks in the sports business industry which once-popular athlete's reputation would be toughest for a public relations specialist to repair, and one fallen star's name comes up more often than any other.
Not Michael Vick despite his damaging felony dog-fighting conviction. Not Tiger Woods despite the scandal that exposed him as a serial adulterer. Not even Luis Suarez despite the Uruguayan soccer star's alarming habit of biting opposing players.
Disgraced New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was the choice of more than half of the eight sports business and crisis communications experts surveyed by Yahoo Sports. They believe Rodriguez's brand may never recover from being busted twice for steroids after insisting for years he was clean. Defiantly fighting his punishment instead of showing contrition or remorse also surely hasn't helped matters.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The Detroit Tigers hold a comfortable 6 1/2 game lead in the AL Central — which is the largest for any division leader in either league — yet their fans rarely feel comfortable holding a lead in the late innings thanks to a very shaky bullpen.
On Wednesday, they finally made a move to address that issue by acquiring Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria.
Kyle Bogenschutz of 97.1 The Ticket first reported the deal. He also noted the Rangers will receive valuable pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel to complete the deal, which shows how serious and perhaps desperate the Tigers are to plug the holes.
The deal comes less than 24 hours after Detroit's bullpen coughed up another late lead in an eventual 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Setup men Phil Coke and Al Alburquerque combined to walk the bases loaded, and then Ian Krol allowed a game-winning two-run single to Miguel Montero. With Joba Chamberlain unavailable, rookie manager Brad Ausmus had no reliable arm to turn to to get through the inning, and that includes closer Joe Nathan.Thu, Jul 247:05 PM PDTDetroit at LA AngelsPreview Game