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- Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox put runners at the corners with nobody out in the ninth inning Thursday night, and with Will Middlebrooks batting, they appeared to be in great shape to tie the score or even go ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates. A rare moment of success, in a last-place season full of disappointments, was at hand.
Middlebrooks even came through with an infield single. It was about the worst thing he could have done.
Middlebrooks hit a ground ball that bounced up the third-base line and hit teammate Jemile Weeks in the back, while he was in fair territory, and before he could get back to the bag.
Something had gone wrong. It had to, as it has happened countless other times for the Red Sox in a nightmarish 2014 season.
From the Providence Journal:
Home-plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, after a short delay, declared Weeks to be in fair territory and thus out.
“My natural instinct was to get back on the slow chopper,” Weeks said. “There was a lot [of bad luck] involved.”Fri, Sep 194:05 PM PDTBoston at BaltimorePreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
There are two things hard to fathom about Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown's mesmerizing third-inning catch on Thursday night.
That he caught the ball, and that he did not break his wrist or dislocate his shoulder in the process.
Brown came up wincing and shaking his right arm after robbing Jedd Gyorko of at least a single with a diving catch in which he held onto the ball despite his glove hand getting pinned at an awkward angle behind his back. The 27-year-old outfielder stayed in the game and produced two hits and an RBI in the Phillies' 7-3 loss at San Diego.
The strong performance from Brown ended an eventful day on a high note for the young outfielder.
Earlier Thursday, Brown posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "It's been great. Time to move forward. Thanks for everything #love." The text was intended to be about a break-up with his girlfriend, but so many Phillies fans thought it meant he had been traded that Brown actually had to post in the comments section to diffuse speculation.Fri, Sep 196:35 PM PDTPhiladelphia at OaklandPreview Game
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Like most of us, Mark Teixeira can't stand to see beer go to waste.
That much is abundantly clear from the New York Yankees first baseman's disapproval Thursday night after a fan spilled 16 ounces of liquid gold all over the man sitting next to him while trying to catch a foul ball down the first base line. Worse yet, it appears the beer spilled for nothing since neither one of them were able to retrieve the foul ball.
Thankfully for the Yankees, Teixeira showed off better hands than the two Yankees fans. Teixeira probably saved a run with this spectacular diving stop in the third inning, robbing Jose Reyes of an RBI single, preserving a scoreless tie and helping the Yankees eke out a 3-2 victory.
No wonder Teixeira was shaking his head over the spilled beer. With soft hands and quick reflexes like that, it probably never happens to him.
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- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
When Oakland dropped its fourth straight game to the Angels on August 31 to cede control of the American League West race to its biggest rival, the A's surely believed their once-promising season had reached rock bottom.
Little did they know at the time how much worse things could get.
Oakland has lost 11 of its first 16 games in September, a miserable stretch that continued Thursday when the A's were swept at home by the last-place Texas Rangers. Two errors and two wild pitches cost Oakland in game one, a ninth-inning bullpen collapse spoiled game two and the A's hardly seemed to have any fight left by game three.
Whereas Oakland boasted baseball's best record and a four-game lead over the Angels as recently as August 10, the A's have since lost an astonishing 16 games in the standings to their rivals to the south. Now there's no guarantee Oakland will even make the playoffs, let alone win the division, as the A's currently hold just a 1.5-game lead on Seattle for the final Wild Card spot
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
San Francisco Giants rookie Matt Duffy probably doesn't have the sweetest swing in baseball, but the little-known 23-year-old infielder just may have the sport's sweetest bats.
The lumber Duffy has been swinging lately f. Of course, "Duffman" is the smooth-talking, muscle-bound spokesman and mascot for the fictional Duff Beer company beloved by Homer.
One of Duffy's "Duffman" bats had an eventful afternoon in Phoenix on Wednesday during the Giants' 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
First Duffy lost his grip swinging during a ninth-inning at-bat and the bat flew into the stands, narrowly missing the fans seated in that section. That same at-bat, Duffy came through with the biggest hit of the game, snapping a tie with a two-run single thathelped the Giants pull within two games of the first-place Dodgers in the National League West.
All that was missing was Duffy punctuating his game-winning hit with the Duffman's trademark pelvic thrust and "Oh Yeah!"Fri, Sep 197:10 PM PDTSan Francisco at San DiegoPreview Game
- Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Check out how adorable, how innocent, how angelic little Barry Lamar Bonds is. Such a cutie patootie. Not only that, but he held the bat when he was 3 or 4 like he did in his 30s and 40s. And he wore his baseball pants the same way, too! Big 'n' baggy, as they should be.
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- David Brown at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Speaking publicly for the first time since resigning as Texas Rangers manager earlier this month, Ron Washington said he "was not true" to his wife but offered no other details as to why he quit.
Washington spoke briefly, and took no questions from the assembled media, at a hotel conference room near Dallas. His wife, Gerry Washington, stood nearby.
"I made a mistake and I'm embarrassed more than I've ever been in my life," Washington said. "I don't run when I make a mistake, but when you put yourself in a situation, you own it. Those are the types of things my wife always says to me. I was not true to my wife. After 42 years, I broke her trust. I'm here today to own that mistake, to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me, and who I let down."
- David Brown at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Nori Aoki has been one of the big reasons the Kansas City Royals have stayed at or near the top of the American League Central, along with the wild-card race, in the second half of the season. Aoki is batting .313 with a .381 on-base and .777 on-base plus slugging with nine stolen bases over 204 plate appearances in the second half. He's batting .423 with a 1.011 OPS in September, and he just finished barbecuing the Chicago White Sox, going 11 for 13 to set a team record for hits in a three-game series.
Royals fans want to acknowledge and appreciate Aoki's contribution, but some committed an international faux pas in doing so at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night:
Don't get me wrong, I love Aoki.. but that flag is WW2 War Crime flag like Nazi's swasticka/iron cross!! Remember.. pic.twitter.com/UNBUJG22AF
- David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
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Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco credits spending "three months" in the bullpen for why he's turned into one of the league's more dominant starting pitchers. That's a long time to hang out somewhere, but it's been worth it. Carrasco is so good right now, he achieved a stat line Wednesday night that only two other pitchers have done in recorded major league history.
Carrasco tossed a two-hit shutout in a 2-0 victory against the Houston Astros, striking out 12 and needing only 98 pitches to do it. Maximum dominance and efficiency. The only other pitchers to strike out 12 in fewer than 100 pitches in a complete-game shutout: Sandy Koufax throwing a no-hitter with the Dodgers in 1966, and Cliff Lee throwing a three-hitter with the Phillies 2011. All three pitchers coincidentally walked one batter apiece, making for a nice symmetry.
- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
To hear Gatorade's "senior director of consumer engagement" Molly Carter tell AdWeek, the idea for Derek Jeter's latest spine-tingly retirement commercial came from The Captain himself.
So, too, did the choice of song — Frank Sinatra's "My Way."
The ad wizards took it from there and the result is a lot of fun to watch: Jeter one day decides to walk the last few blocks to Yankee Stadium, surprising ballplaying kids and beer-drinking adults along the way.
Gatorade, the official sports drink of Major League Baseball since 1990, roped off a few blocks before a home game in the Bronx this July and "just kind of let Jeter go," said Carter. The shock and surprise on fans' faces when their idol walks into Stan's Sports Bar, or autographs baseballs, is genuine, she said. The 90-second "My Way" spot breaks online Thursday, and will air on TV for the first time Saturday on the YES Network and Fox.