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The four words Los Angeles Dodgers fans never wanted to hear have become a reality: Clayton Kershaw is injured. The 28-year-old will go on the disabled list with a back injury. It’s currently unclear when he’ll be able to return.
As Mike Oz outlined Tuesday, this is pretty bad for the Dodgers. Losing the best pitcher in baseball, even for 15 days, would be devastating to any team. But for the Dodgers, who have dealt with a number of pitching injuries already this season, the injury hits much harder.LiveLA Dodgers8 - 1MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Philadelphia Phillies minor leaguer Matt Imhof was going through a normal postgame exercise routine last week when he was injured in a freak accident that Imhof said Thursday led to his eye being surgically removed.
Imhof is a 22-year-old pitcher picked by the Phillies in the second round of the 2014 draft and assigned to the Single-A the Clearwater Threshers. He was in the workout room of the Brevard County Manatees, the Milwaukee Brewers Single-A team, last Friday when his eye was, as doctors put it, “crushed like a grape.”
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets meet for four games beginning Thursday. It’ll be the first time they’ve played since last season’s National League Championship Series, in which the hard-throwing Mets swept the upstart Cubs and advanced to the World Series.
And while this is very much a meeting of two of baseball’s most interesting clubs this season, it’s not simply the postseason rematch you might think. These teams have changed a lot since last October — heck, they’ve both changed a lot since June 1. We’re looking at you, Mets pitching elbows.Thu, Jun 307:10 PM EDTChi Cubs at NY MetsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Major League Baseball All-Star game is just around the corner. On July 12, the American League and National League will go at it in San Diego to determine home field advantage in the World Series.
If you want to have any influence over the contest, now is the time to act. All-Star voting ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET. Yes, we are officially less than 24 hours away from the end of the voting period.
With that in mind, we thought it might be useful to highlight five players who deserve your vote during the final day. If you want to see the latest vote update, so you can see which players are trailing, go here.
Since players rarely campaign for themselves these days, we figured it would be fun to present their case in the form of political ads. These players might be down, but they are not out. If you want to support their cause, make sure to head over to MLB.com and vote before it’s too late.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Atlanta Braves have gotten almost nothing but bad press about their new Cobb County stadium, SunTrust Park, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Dan Klepal of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday that Cobb County commissioners passed an ordinance all the way back in February that specifically outlaws private parking within a half-mile of the new stadium during Braves games and other stadium events.
That means any property owners in that radius who have parking and might want to charge for it will be prohibited from doing so by law. It will prevent local businesses from competing with the Braves on parking fees, and cut off a possible revenue stream. When new ballparks are built, team and city officials usually emphasize the growth opportunities for local businesses. In this case, the Braves and Cobb County seem to be doing the exact opposite.
Klepal has Cobb County’s response:Thu, Jun 307:10 PM EDTMiami at AtlantaPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is putting all his trust in Madison Bumgarner. Instead of using a designated hitter for the final game of their home-and-home series with the Oakland Athletics, Bochy is letting starter Bumgarner take his hacks in the lineup.
Bochy said Bumgarner will hit tomorrow, no DH.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) June 30, 2016
With Bochy going with Bumgarner instead of a DH, MLB.com’s Chris Haft says the Giants are doing something that hasn’t been done in 40 years.
The Giants thus will become the first team to opt against using a designated hitter when it has one at its disposal since 1976, when the Chicago White Sox allowed starter Ken Brett, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett’s brother, to hit for himself.
Well, it’s the first time in 40 years that a team has intentionally eschewed the DH. It’s unintentionally happened a little more recently.Thu, Jun 3010:05 PM EDTSan Francisco at OaklandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we’ll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
The Cleveland Indians have been baseball’s hottest team throughout June. That continued on Wednesday, as theytopped the Braves 3-0 in Atlanta to extend their winning streak to an MLB best 12 games. The Indians are now one win shy of matching the franchise-best 13-game win streak recorded in both 1942 and 1951.
The Indians were led by potential All-Star Danny Salazar. The 26-year-old right-hander fired seven scoreless innings. allowing just five hits while walking none and striking out eight. Salazar has now won six straight starts and has lowered his ERA to 2.22.
The Indians didn’t get much done offensively, but they came through with a timely hit in the fifth inning. Jason Kipnis extended his hitting streak to 11 games when he delivered a two-out, two-run single that would prove to be all Cleveland needed. Lonnie Chisenhall added a solo homer in the sixth for good measure.Thu, Jun 307:07 PM EDTCleveland at TorontoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The Texas Rangers and New York Yankees have been two teams headed in opposite directions this month. One wild and crazy game probably won’t change that, but three swings during the Yankees dramatic 9-7 victory on Wednesday reminded us that no lead is safe and no outcome should ever be assumed, especially when the right-field fence is a leisurely fly ball away.
Trailing by five runs in the eighth inning, New York rallied for its most unlikely and exhilarating win of the season by scoring seven unanswered runs. That comeback was fueled by a trio of home runs, beginning with Brian McCann’s solo shot in the eighth inning. That trimmed the margin to four, and set the stage for an epic ninth inning filled with even more fireworks.
After New York trimmed the lead to three on a Brett Gardner single, pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez came to the plate with a chance to tie the game against Rangers closer Sam Dyson. Rodriguez, who was officially benched by manager Joe Girardi, couldn’t come through, but that was OK. Up next was McCann again, and this time he launched a game-tying three-run homer.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
There’s not a lot missing from Miguel Cabrera’s sure-to-be Hall of Fame résumé.
A home run against his former franchise, the Miami Marlins, was one of the rare milestones he’d yet to cross off the list. But that changed during Detroit’s 7-5 win against Miami on Tuesday, when Cabrera smacked a three-run shot. In doing so, Cabrera actually joined an elite group of home run hitters, becoming just the ninth active player to homer against all 30 active MLB teams.
Of course, Cabrera’s opportunities against the Marlins have been very limited. He was signed by the then-Florida Marlins as an amateur free agent in 1999. He went on to spend his first five MLB seasons (2003-07) with the Marlins, before signing with Detroit prior to the 2008 season.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano is currently on rehab assignment with their Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. The 23-year-old infielder/outfielder is expected to be back with the big league club by week’s end. However, after watching his effort on this pop up during Wednesday’s 3-2 lossto the Pawtucket Paw Sox, he may need a few extra days on the farm just to collect his thoughts.
Sano, who was playing third base after struggling in his 37 starts in right field for Minnesota, showed why catching fly balls may not be his strong suit.
On a high, routine pop up, Sano tracked the ball near the pitcher’s mound, but appeared to lose the ball in the sun. By the time he found it again, it was bouncing off the top of his head like the old Jose Canseco blooper from days gone by.LiveMinnesota5 - 5Chi White SoxFollow Game