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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The Chicago Cubs aren't playing around. With about a month left before the playoffs, the team is still looking for ways to improve. They showed as much Monday, acquiring outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners.
Hearing Jackson has been traded to the Cubs.
The move, while not major, should help the team down the stretch. Jorge Soler is currently sidelined due to an oblique issue, and neither Chris Coghlan or Chris Denorfia have established themselves as full-time options.
Jackson is hitting .272/.312/.387, so he isn't really an upgrade at the plate. He can play center field and has some value as a pinch runner, though. Jackson's stolen base figures are somewhat questionable, as he's been caught nine times this season, but he's the type of guy who could go first to third on a single, and that can make a big difference during a playoff game.Mon, Aug 318:05 PM EDTCincinnati at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Rob Manfred has reportedly come to a decision on whether to reinstate former Chicago White Sox great Shoeless Joe Jackson. Arlene Marcley, curator of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, S.C., will reveal Jackson's fate on the museum's Facebook page Tuesday, according to Greenville Online.
Shortly after Manfred took office, Marcley organized a petition asking him to consider reinstating the outfielder. Jackson was one of the eight members of the 1919 White Sox who were banned from the game by former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis after allegedly throwing the World Series.
Jackson was accused of accepting a bribe to throw games, though he was acquitted of those charges by a Chicago court. Despite the acquittal, Jackson remains banned from baseball.Tue, Sep 18:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Derek Holland had an excellent day Sunday. He threw a three-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles with 11 strikeouts as the Texas Rangers won 6-0. It was Holland's third start since returning from a shoulder injury that had him sidelined since April.LiveTampa Bay1 - 0BaltimoreFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Jake Arrieta's no-hitter Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers was the sixth of the season in MLB. That's quite a lot for something we usually think of being so rare and so memorable. Can you even remember the others from this season ?
Well, there was Mike Fiers nine days earlier against those same Dodgers. Hisashi Iwakuma threw one Aug. 12 for the Seattle Mariners. That's three in August alone. Who else?
Oh yeah, Cole Hamels in July, when he was still with the Phillies. Max Scherzer threw one in June. That's five, who are we missing? Oh yeah, San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston, the least-known name on this list, who threw the first no-no of 2015 on June 9.Mon, Aug 3110:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Mark Shapiro couldn't have picked a better time to come to Toronto. Hired Monday by the Blue Jays to replace retiring team president Paul Beeston, the longtime Cleveland Indians executive will have the power to make an already promising situation even more appealing.
In terms of their place in baseball, the Blue Jays have been a sleeping giant for years. By itself Toronto is a growing market of over six million people, and every game they play is broadcast to a national audience on Sportsnet. Owned by Rogers Communications – a gigantic Canadian telecommunications and media company – Shapiro can expect to be handed a larger budget than what he had in Cleveland.LiveCleveland1 - 0TorontoFollow Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Can you think of a better way to celebrate a no-hitter than a pajama party?
That's exactly what the Chicago Cubs did following Jake Arrieta's no-no Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been doing themed road trips with his teams since his days with the Rays, and he's brought the practice over to Chicago. The Cubs were going to fly home clad in pajamas regardless of Sunday's result, Arrieta's first career no-hitter just brought the festivities to another level.
As you can see, the man of the hour was decked out in a mustache-themed onesie when he addressed the media:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Toronto Blue Jays have found their next team president. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported Sunday that Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro was set to take the same job with Toronto. The Blue Jays confirmed Shapiro's hiring Monday morning.
Shapiro will replace Paul Beeston, who is expected to retire at the end of the season. Sources told Heyman that Shapiro intends to keep general manager Alex Anthopoulos, which makes sense considering the team's success this year. Anthopoulos' contract is up at the end of the season, but Shapiro is expected to retain him.
Shapiro has been a member of the Indians organization since 1991. He worked his way up through the franchise during the 90s, eventually becoming the team's general manager in 2001. As the club's GM, Shapiro was named Executive of the Year two times according to Sporting News. He led the team to two first-place finishes in the American League Central.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 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 New York Yankees offense hasn't been as strong in recent weeks, but that changed Sunday. The club seemed to take out all their frustrations during a 20-6 win over the Atlanta Braves.
New York wasted no time getting to work. After a scoreless first, the club picked up three runs in the second, and four in the third.
The team really exploded in the seventh inning, however. The Yankees scored nine runs during the frame. Alex Rodriguez opened the scoring in the inning, picking up a pinch hit, two-run single. Brett Gardner, Brian McCann, Greg Bird, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew would all drive in runs in the seventh.
It's the second time this season the club scored 20 runs during a road game.
Yankees have scored 20 runs in a road game twice this season. Last time they did that-- 1939, when they had 3 20-run road games
With the win, the club improved to 72-57 on the season. They remain 1.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East.LiveNY Yankees1 - 0BostonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
There is no longer any doubt concerning who is the ace of the Chicago Cubs. Jake Arrieta put that debate to rest Sunday, tossing a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Arrieta was masterful during the performance. He struck out 12 and walked just one during the outing. Arrieta seemed to get stronger as the game went on, striking out the side to end the game.
For the Cubs, it was the team's first no-hitter since 2008.
Jake Arrieta is bidding to be the 1st #Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano in 2008 to throw a no-hitter, and only the 2nd in 43 years
Only two batters reached against Arrieta during the contest. Enrique Hernandez broke up a possible perfect game in the third inning, reaching on a Starlin Castro error. Hernandez actually reached second on a sacrifice bunt, but could not advance further.
Arrieta would walk Jimmy Rollins in the sixth inning, taking some of the possible heat away from Castro. Rollins was stranded at first after Arrieta got Chase Utley to fly out to end the frame.
For Arrieta, the performance highlights his amazing turnaround since joining Chicago.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
When Yogi Berra said "it ain't over 'til it's over," this is exactly what he had in mind. Japan fell into a huge hole to begin the championship game of the Little League World Series, but they never gave up.
After trailing by eight runs after the first inning, team Japan began its comeback. The club scored seven runs in the second, cutting the lead to just one.
That wasn't enough. The following inning, Japan plated four more runs, taking a three-run lead in the third. While Mid-Atlantic would plate another run in the bottom of the frame, they couldn't match Japan's bats.
Japan remained up by three until the final inning, when they added five insurance runs. Mid-Atlantic couldn't pull off the massive comeback in the bottom of the frame, giving Japan the 18-11 victory.
With the win, the club became the 2015 Little League World Series champions.
Throughout the contest, a number of records were broken.