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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew24 mins ago
The injury bug has been eating away at the New York Yankees all season long, but on Wednesday it seemed determined to go for the kill.
Not long after the team announced All-Star pitcher and potential AL Rookie of the Year Masahiro Tanaka was headed to the disabled list and going back to New York for an MRI and exam on his right arm, designated hitter Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup after being hit in the face by his own batted ball during batting practice.
Typically, batting practice mishaps and injuries come about when a player is in the field and loses track of the ball, but there have been rare instances where the ball hits the cage itself and comes back at the batter. As YES clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits explains, the latter wasn't the case here.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The San Francisco Giants are considering taking a stand against culturally insensitive attire and use of culturally insensitive language by instituting a ban against both at AT&T Park.
According to USA TODAY, the Giants were motivated to consider a change following an alleged incident at Native American Heritage Night on June 23. Two Native Americans who were attending the event, April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, reportedly approached a group of men who were wearing and passing around fake headdresses to tell them it was disrespectful to their culture, which the Giants intended to honor that evening. One of the Native Americans asked for a headdress and then declined to return it, which led to security and police being called and both being forcefully detained.
Here's video of the incident, which was taken by Bighorse:
Naturally, the video led to outrage within the local Native American community, and on July 1, they came together to stage a protest outside AT&T Park.LiveOakland2 - 5San FranciscoFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
There will be a lot of roster shuffling between now and Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the first notable change comes as a result of the New York Yankees placing starter Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list on Wednesday. While Tanaka heads back to New York for an MRI on his arm, his fellow countryman, Koji Uehera, has been named as his replacement on the AL All-Star roster.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers were found to be partially negligent in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury announced Wednesday, awarding roughly $18 million in damages to Stow and his family.
Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, also named in Stow's lawsuit, was found to not be personally negligent in the beating. The jury ruled the Dodgers' responsibility in the incident was 25 percent. The L.A. Times breaks down how that works financially:
Based on the verdict, the Dodgers will have to pay about $13.9 million, said team attorney Dana Fox.
The team is on the hook to shoulder all of his past and future medical expenses and lost earnings, but 25% of the sum jurors found Stow should receive for his pain and suffering. Sanchez and Norwood each will be responsible for 37.5% of that sum.
Fox said the team had not yet decided whether to appeal, saying they would “wait and consider the options.”Thu, Jul 107:10 PM PDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The New York Post reports that New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has left the team to get an MRI on his right arm. An All-Star in his first season after coming from Japan as a free agent and signing for $155 million, Tanaka has performed better than most other pitchers in the majors. Tanaka, 25, dominated from April through June, but his past two starts yielded disappointing results — a combined nine runs and 19 hits — numbers that now appear alarming.
The Yanks put him on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with elbow inflammation. Tanaka's numbers overall: 2.51 ERA with with 135 strikeouts in 129 1/3 innings. He's pitched a league-leading three complete games with one shutout. The Yankees have a 13-5 record in his starts.
Kojii Uehara of the Red Sox reportedly is first on a list of replacements to take Tanaka's spot on the American League's All-Star roster.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Out with the old, in with the prospects.
That's the tenor in Boston at the moment, as the defending champion Red Sox have decided to designate veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and call up 23-year-old Christian Vazquez. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the news.
Pierzynski, one of the more interesting characters in baseball, signed a one-year, $8.25 million contract with the Red Sox last December. He's hitting .254/.286/.348 with four homers and 31 RBIs. That's not a stunning decline for Pierzynski, 37. He averages 16 homers a year and has a career batting average of .282.
- David Brown at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs organization raised some eyebrows in June when it hired Manny Ramirez to be a player-coach for its Class AAA teamin Iowa. Team president Theo Epstein earnestly believes, with good reason, that Ramirez will be a positive influence on the kids — despite Manny's reputation for being, well, Manny.
But did it ever occur to Epstein that Ramirez might have to act as the team's manager if an unlikely series of events happened? Minor-league coaching staffs are much smaller than those in the majors. Usually, it's a manager, a pitching coach and a batting coach. Iowa having Manny as a coach is a luxury, relatively speaking.
But Manny being manager?! Well, he came darned close to managing on Tuesday night.Thu, Jul 109:35 AM PDTChi Cubs at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The Texas Rangers have become the MLB kings of extreme eats in recent years and they have yet another mammoth new product that will challenge your gastrointestinal fortitude.
The Rangers introduced a two-foot long taco called the Tanaco, which sells for $26. It's built like a taco, with a crispy shell holding the beef, chicken and toppings, but logically it's more like a big ol' plate of nachos. At least it makes more sense to eat it like you'd eat nachos.
Texas Rangers now selling the "Tanaco," a 2-foot long taco for $26 pic.twitter.com/KqVYM2kHAG
- David Brown at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
No other umpire in the major leagues gets more complaints, or so it seems, than Angel Hernandez. The San Francisco Giants collectively took issue with Hernandez on Tuesday night during a 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. They didn't like how Hernandez called balls and strikes for Madison Bumgarner of the Giants compared to how he called them for Sonny Gray of the A's. Nor did they likethe balk call Hernandez made against San Francisco's Jean Machi in the eighth inning.
The events culminated with Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper of KNBR-AM making this direct and pointed comment after the game:
Duane Kuiper: "Angel Hernandez is not a good umpire and in my opinion, he does not belong in the big leagues."
Duane Kuiper on Angel Hernandez: "And I think Major League Baseball knows this, they just don't know how to get rid of him." (2/2)
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Congratulations to Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier who accomplished the rare baseball feat Tuesday night of hitting a line drive through another player's glove.
That other player being Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. And we're not talking about a ball that went under Hosmer's glove or ricocheted off the side. It literally went through the webbing of Hosmer's glove as he stood firmly ready to catch the ball. In other words: Kiermaier hit a baseball so hard that the normal instrument used to catch baseballs could not contain it.
Forget mashing four homers in one game, this is a true sign of baseball brute force. All opposing players should now beware of Kevin Kiermaier and know that when he comes to the plate their trusty gloves may not be able to help them. His swing contains some sort of glove kryptonite.