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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The other team in Missouri is known for hacking scandals, but Major League Baseball may want to look into how Kansas City Royals' fans have been dominating the All-Star voting lately. For the second straight year, Royals fans have come out in droves to stuff the ballot box.
The league released its first update for American League All-Star game balloting and many of the Royals are at, or near, the top of the voting at each position.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez leads the AL in fan balloting for the 2016 MLB All-Star Game presented by MasterCard. pic.twitter.com/lpjHfWsvfHTue, May 318:15 PM EDTTampa Bay at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich was pretty fortunate to avoid a major injury after an errant foul ball hit him in the head during Sunday's game. The incident made for a scary moment, but was able to walk away unscathed. Amazingly, Dietrich was able to play in Monday's game.
Since Dietrich managed to avoid a serious injury, his teammates decided to tease him about the incident prior to Monday's game. When Dietrich took the field for warmups, he did so wearing a new piece of protective equipment.Tue, May 317:10 PM EDTPittsburgh at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
We've known for years that Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto loves to antagonize pitchers. His exceptional plate discipline, and refusal to swing at anything out of the zone, has flustered even the best pitchers on the mound.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper is an extremely talented baseball player. At this point, that's an established fact. And to beat a player like that on the basepaths, to surprise him, you need a play with perfect timing and a deadly accurate throw. When the Nationals faced the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday, Phillies left fielder (and 2015 Rule 5 pick) Tyler Goeddel surprised everyone with just that kind of play.
This play really started when Harper was batting against Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson in the top of the seventh inning. One of Hellickson's pitches to Harper tailed too far to one side, and it nailed him directly on the right knee. It was unintentional, but that didn't make it any less painful. Harper took first, and he took a little extra time getting there, making sure his kneecap was still actually attached.
Tue, May 317:05 PM EDTWashington at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Real life baseball isn't like baseball in the movies. The team doesn't always win their very important game, home runs rarely come when they're needed most, and kids never break their arms and suddenly become flamethrowing pitchers. But sometimes, real life makes an exception when the circumstances are exceptional. Cleveland Indians first baseman Mike Napoli turned a moment from Monday's game against the Texas Rangers into something straight out of the movies.
It all started before the game. A woman came to Progressive Field with a sign that had two simple requests.
She was starting chemotherapy the next day, and wanted a hug and a homer, both from Mike Napoli. Napoli was able to fulfill one of her wishes right away — he went over and gave her a hug, and even signed a baseball.Tue, May 316:10 PM EDTTexas at ClevelandPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 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.
Even injuries can't stop the Chicago Cubs. The club managed to overcome what could have been a significant injury Monday during a 2-0 winover the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Things looked grim early, as starting pitcher Jason Hammel suffered a leg injury while throwing warmup pitches just before his third inning of work. Hammel could not continue, and had to leave the game.
While turning things over to the bullpen that early would be disastrous for most clubs, the Cubs managed to overcome the injury. In fact, their bullpen was lights out.Tue, May 318:05 PM EDTLA Dodgers at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
On Memorial Day, Major League Baseball shows its appreciation for the country and its veterans. This season, teams wore camouflage jerseys and caps, and a number of current and former military personnel threw out first pitches.
While a number of our veterans acquitted themselves well when it comes to the national pastime, our favorite Memorial Day first pitch came courtesy of Burke Waldron. Waldron, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, threw out the first pitch prior to Sunday's Seattle Mariners game.
As the Mariners announced just prior to Waldron taking the field, the 92-year-old navy veteran began his military service in 1943. He served at Pearl Harbor for some time, and retired from the military in 1946 as a petty officer, 2nd class.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
One of the top prospects in baseball is getting another opportunity to show he can stick in the the major leagues. Byron Buxton has been recalled by the Minnesota Twins and will be available for their game Tuesday in Oakland after outfielder Danny Santana was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
Buxton, Baseball America's No. 2 prospect the past two years and the No. 1 prospect in 2014, opened the 2016 season as Minnesota's starting center fielder but the experiment was brief because of his struggles with the bat. The 22-year-old was hitting .156/.208/.256 in 17 games when he was sent down. In 46 games with the Twins last season, Buxton was only slightly better at .209/.250/.326. In 187 career plate appearances he has struck out 68 times.Tue, May 3110:05 PM EDTMinnesota at OaklandPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Mets found the cure for what was ailing Matt Harvey: facing the slumping White Sox. Harvey went out Monday afternoon and pitched seven shutout innings in New York's 1-0 win over Chicago, allowing two singles and striking out six. It's the first time this season he reached the seventh inning of a game and he needed just 87 pitches to get there.
Less than two weeks after being booed off the mound by fans at Citi Field folllowing the worst start of his career, Harvey was cheered and his name chanted by the crowd much like the days when he was at his apex.
The biggest reason for optimism from Monday's start? Harvey's fastball velocity was up, hitting 98 mph on multiple occasions.Tue, May 317:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers just finished a contentious series with the New York Mets that included payback for Chase Utley and the reportedly Mets crying foul about the Dodgers' fancy, tech-savvy defensive alignments. Now, the Dodgers are headed to Chicago, where new-age Cubs manager Joe Maddon is already telling the Dodgers they don't have to expect a fight about their lasers.
The Dodgers have been using laser rangefinders, which are more frequently used in golf and hunting, to make their defensive alignments more precise. MLB rules don't allow the use of laser rangefingers during games, but the Dodgers have used them before games and then marked positions on the field for their outfielders.