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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 mins ago
As wonderful as baseball can be, sometimes the action on the field can be overshadowed by those who make up its audience.
That was the case on Friday in Cleveland, as a group of fans seated near the right-field foul pole stole the show with an epic creation.
Behold, the beer-can pyramid, which many are also dubbing the beeramid.
According to the folks at SB Nation, the pyramid included 112 cans and stood over four feet tall at its peak.
Welp. We had to take it down. 😭 pic.twitter.com/yHXHIN21ALFri, May 27Cleveland113 - 87TorontoGame Recap
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
A typical baseball season produces thousands upon thousands of double plays. Still, we doubt we'll see another double play quite as strange as the one turned by the Oakland A's on Friday night.
Or perhaps we should say, we doubt we'll see another double play this season quite as strange as the one the Detroit Tigers served up to Oakland on a silver platter.
If you're scoring at home, the official ruling was "3-2-batter's interference," which in this case meant Victor Martinez interfered with Yonder Alonso's throw to the plate. Martinez did so unknowingly, as he was simply wandering back to Detroit's dugout after popping out to Alonso in foul territory, but according to MLB's interference and obstruction rules it was still a violation.LiveDetroit0 - 2OaklandFollow Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is nearly two full months into his first season with his new team and still trying to live up to the six-year, $206.5 million deal he signed in the offseason. Greinke got off to a disastrous start to the season in April but so far in May has looked much more like the pitcher who finished second in the National League Cy Young voting a year ago and has routinely been among the best pitchers in baseball since 2009. He’s still looking for his first outing of the year without giving up a run after doing so 11 times in 2015. So there is plenty of room for improvement.Sat, May 2810:10 PM EDTSan Diego at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
, the New York Mets are not happy about the lengths the Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to go to gain a defensive advantage before Friday's game.
In a report filed Saturday afternoon, Rosenthal says the Mets immediately contacted Major League Baseball officials after learning that the Dodgers intended to mark prearranged defensive positions in the outfield grass at Citi Field.
This practice would be an extension of the Dodgers known use of a laser rangefinder to determine the best ways to position their fielders. In this case, the Mets were having none of it and essentially told the Dodgers to shut down the operation.Sat, May 287:15 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
You have to give Alex Rodriguez credit. Every time we think the end is getting near, he comes back to prove there's still some fuel left in his tank.
That's exactly what he's attempting to prove again after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and so far anyway the results are encouraging.
In fact, on Wednesday we noted that Rodriguez was feeling especially good during his final rehab game. On that night, he launched a mammoth home run while playing for Double-A Trenton and punctuated it with a grand bat flip.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
We live in a world that's driven by information and curiosity, which in some instances is refreshing and in others can be a little scary. That's because sometimes the thrist for both can lead us down a path filled with assumptions and misguided conclusions.
That was the case on Friday night when a video surfaced that clearly showed Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Howie Kendrick reaching into his back pocket during Friday's 6-5 loss to the Mets for a handheld item. Kendrick is then seen studying the unknown object before quickly putting it away and readjusting his position.
Howie Kendrick casually checking his phone in the outfield pic.twitter.com/fK45d06LHj
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 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.
Josh Donaldson has been so locked in since joining the Toronto Blue Jays last year it almost feels like he can get any result he wants at the plate. That's not true, of course. The game is not that simple. But that's how Donaldson makes it look.
That was the case again on Friday as Donaldson flirted with a cycle against the Boston Red Sox. Donaldson drilled a solo home run in the first. He followed with a run-scoring double in the third, and an RBI infield single in the fourth. That left him a triple shy of the cycle going into the final five innings.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
We hope you took advantage of the Yahoo Sports Free Game of the Day on Friday. Otherwise you may have missed what was arguably the best game of the season to date.
After the Dodgers rallied from a four-run ninth-inning deficit and tied the game on Chase Utley's two-out, bases-clearing double, the Mets still emerged victorious, 6-5, thanks to Curtis Granderson's dramatic walk-off home run.
What a wild and crazy finish it was. A finish we'd say is befitting of the rivalry that is developing between these two talented clubs.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The eyes of the baseball world were focused on Citi Field on Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers paid a visit to the New York Mets.
There were several reasons for this added attention. It's the first time these two teams have met in New York since last October's contentious NLDS, which included Chase Utley injuring Ruben Tejada with an aggressive takeout slide. That was the main storyline coming in, at least until Thursday, when the Dodgers announced 19-year-old pitching phenom Julio Urias would make his anticipated MLB debut under the bright Friday night lights.
It's a moment that's been years in the making, despite the fact that Urias is only 19 years old. In fact, Urias became the youngest player to make his MLB debut since a 19-year-old Felix Hernandez did so in 2005.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Just because Jose Bautista was serving a suspension Friday night doesn't mean he couldn't contribute for the Blue Jays. Sure, Bautista, whose one-game ban for his role in the Blue Jays-Rangers brawl was upheld by the league, wasn't allowed to play in Toronto's game against the Red Sox or even be in the dugout, but he found somewhere else in the stadium where he was welcome.
In the fourth inning, public address announcer Tim Langton briefly stepped aside and had a special guest call up the Blue Jays' next batter Kevin Pillar.