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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew37 mins ago
With an offense that's struggled to get on track this season, the Seattle Mariners have gone outside the organzation to find some help.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners acquired outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a six-player trade immediately following their 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees in hopes of finding a bat that can make an instant impact on their offense.
The complete deal will include Trumbo and pitcher Vidal Nuno heading to Seattle. The Diamondbacks will receive catcher Wellington Castillo, whom Seattle had just acquired from the Chicago Cubs, in addition to major-league reliever Justin Leone and minor-league position players Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero.
Not exactly a notable return, though Arizona finally gets the catching depth they've needed since trading Miguel Montero to the Cubs.
All things considered, it's a pretty bold move for early June for both side. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik obviously sees a roster that's built to compete now from a pitching and offensive standpoint, but currently ranks 28th in runs scored.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew42 mins ago
The Boston Red Sox pitching staff may have found the boost they've been looking for. Rookie Eduardo Rodriguez was fantastic again Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins.
In his first start in front of the home fans, Rodriguez was dominant. The 22-year-old lefty gave up one run on just two hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two batters.
Over two starts, Rodriguez has allowed just one run on five hits over 14 2/3 innings. He notched 14 strikeouts against four walks. The performance has put Rodriguez in pretty elite company.
From @EliasSports: Rodriguez is the 1st pitcher since 1900 to go 7.0+ IP and allow no more than 1 run and 3 hits in his first 2 MLB outings.LiveMinnesota2 - 0BostonFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
On Wednesday afternoon, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Hector Gomez channeled Derek Jeter — purposely or otherwise — circa the 2004 ALCS with an awkward and potentially dangerous head-first dive into the stands at Busch Stadium while attempting to catch a foul ball.
Unfortunately, the results were not quite as glorious or glamorous as Jeter's career-defining dive turned out to be. Though Gomez walked away without a scratch on his chin, he also walked away without the baseball and kept walking to Milwaukee's clubhouse for a precautionary check up, according to the Brewers.
INF Hector Gomez was removed from today's game for precautionary reasons. Examined by a physician. Results were negative for a concussion.
After the game, Brewers reporters noted a bump on Gomez's head, which apparently is not a concern.
Hector Gomez all smiles but with a big egg on his forehead. Says he will be good to go Friday.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Masahiro Tanaka came into his start Wednesday on an 80-pitch limit. It was his first start after spending a month on the disabled list with a forearm strain. For 80 pitches, the New York Yankees had to figure they'd get five innings out of Tanaka. Maybe he'd get into the sixth.
Well, Tanaka exceeded all expectations against the Seattle Mariners.
He pitched seven complete innings, striking out nine and allowing just three hits and one run. It was a tidy 78-pitch day for Tanaka and a very encouraging outing for a pitcher we've had questions about since spring training. He hit 95 mph on the radar gun a few times, possibly shushing those early-season worries about his velocity. The Yankees won 3-1, completing a sweep of struggling Mariners.
Girardi said today was the best velocity they've seen from Tanaka all year. "It's good to have him back."
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter seems like the type of guy who doesn't take things too seriously. He starred in one of the more bizarre dugout interviews during spring training, which should give you an idea of his personality.
Collmenter was at it again recently. During a trip to Los Angeles, Collmenter decided to walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He didn't do this as a tourist, though, he opted to do it as a performer. For his costume, well, Collmenter decided to just be himself.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Have you ever wanted to learn more about former baseball commissioner Bud Selig? Thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers, now you can.
The Brewers recently opened The Selig Experience at Miller Park. The exhibit serves as a tribute to Selig's history within the game.
That sounds like fun, and all, but the opening of the Experience got our experts thinking about the lack of other baseball-themed exhibits out there. That led to this week's Roundtable question.
If you could choose one baseball-themed exhibit to build/see, what would it be?
THE MANNYWOOD WALK OF FAME AND/OR SHAME If any baseball player or personality, past or present, deserves his own exhibit, it's Manny Ramirez. His career in baseball, which continues now as a hitting coach, has been a long journey with several interesting checkpoints that I believe could be made into a Walk of Fame, with his career accomplishments on one side, and Shame, with his Manny being Manny moments on the other.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
MLB players have a long history of trading things for memorabilia. If a player hits a meaningful homer and a fan catches it, the fan is usually going to get an autographed bat or jersey in exchange for that ball.
Turns out members of the Cleveland Indians bullpen are tougher negotiators than that. After their teammate Brandon Moss hit his 100th career homer Tuesday night, the collective of Indians relief pitchers presented Moss with a list of demands.
If he wanted to see that ball, he needed to pony up some serious merchandise. Particularly a few thousand dollars worth of Apple products. And, oddly, a 50-gallon drum of lube. (We won't ask and you shouldn't either).
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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
As this young Detroit Tigers fan learned Tuesday night, catching a ball at a baseball game is one of the greatest thrills you can experience as a kid. It can also be crushing when you realize your big moment also means your favorite team is likely headed for a loss.
When Oakland A's utility man Ben Zobrist launched a grand slam in the seventh inning toward JD Schilp, the young man knew he had to make the play.
Zobrist's home run landed in his outstretched glove and Schilp was overjoyed... until he saw the updated scoreboard. His Tigers were now losing 5-3 and this was very very bad.
Check out the GIF that captures it all:
Oh man. That's real pain right there.LiveOakland4 - 0DetroitFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Bryce Harper is having an incredible season for the Washington Nationals. He's tied for the league lead in home runs with 18, is second in on-base percentage (.470), tied for second in RBI (44), ranks in the top 10 in batting average (.329) and has the most votes in the NL All-Star balloting with 2.3 million.
Now you can add another number to his already impressive list: one pregame selfie taken on the field using a fan's phone.
Just before first pitch between the Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, Harper was warming up in right field when he asked a fan to throw her phone to him so he could use it to snap a selfie. Jamie Roach, a retail manager from Laurel, Md., and Nationals fan who said she goes to about 40 games a year, obliged and here's what she saw when Harper flipped the phone back to her:
Hello!LiveToronto5 - 0WashingtonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were in desperate need of a hero Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. With the team down by three entering the ninth inning, L.A. decided to mount a comeback.
After three straight singles loaded the bases, the Dodgers appeared to be in business. Rockies reliever Rafael Betancourt wouldn't give the game away that easy, picking up two outs against the next two hitters.
With the Dodgers down to their final out, Alex Guerrero stepped to the plate. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Guerrero sent a 91 mph fastball out to center for the go-ahead grand slam.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen would preserve the one-run lead, giving the Dodgers the 9-8 victory.
Following the contest, Guerrero told reporters he's used to this type of thing.
Alex Guerrero said, in Spanish, that he's hit a game-winning grand slam in the ninth inning before in Cuba.