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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 mins ago
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John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox weren't going to let Michael Pineda get away with using his pine tar stash against them twice. In the second inning of Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees, Farrell asked umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda's neck, which appeared to have pine tar slathered on it.
Aye yi yi, Michael Pineda again?
Michael Pineda caught slippin’ this time. Ejected for pine tar on the neck. pic.twitter.com/Ji182KTggJLiveNY Yankees0 - 4BostonFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Even as the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled out a much needed 7-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon — ruining the 100th birthday celebration at Wrigley Field and improving to 6-18 this season — the negatives outweighed the positives. That's because the team learned immediately afterwards that slugger Mark Trumbo, who's tied with San Francisco's Brandon Belt for the NL lead in home runs with seven, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Mark Trumbo has a stress fracture in his left foot, MRI shows. Will go for second opinion.Thu, Apr 2411:20 AM PDTArizona at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
You had to figure it would end this way.
The Chicago Cubs can't have nice things, they've shown this over and over again. So on Wednesday when the team was celebrating Wrigley Field's 100th birthday, when everything was going well, when they took a 5-2 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks into the ninth inning, you had to figure something would go awry, that the collapse might be looming.
And collapse the Cubs did: there were two walks, an error, then a grounder that bounced off second base and into the outfield to bring in two runs. Even the bases were plotting against the Cubs! Then came the game-tying single and finally the two-out, two-run, go-ahead double to right field that Justin Ruggiano almost caught.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
When the San Diego Padres signed oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson to an $8 million contract for the 2014 season, they were hoping they'd get a bounce-back season from the pitcher who had shown moments of brilliance in his MLB career.
Instead, they're getting a whole season of Johnson on the shelf.
Johnson will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock, ending his season with the Padres before it even began. It will be Johnson's second Tommy John surgery, and another chapter of rehab for a player who hasn't made 20 starts in four of his eight full MLB seasons.
Not only will it be another Tommy John surgery for Johnson, but it will also be his second elbow surgery in six months. He had offseason surgery to remove bone spurs.LiveSan Diego1 - 4MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Baseball Hall of Fame isn't the only place where Sammy Sosa isn't welcome apparently. The former Chicago Cubs slugger, the face of the franchise for a decade, wasn't invited Wednesday as the team celebrated 100 years of Wrigley Field.
The Cubs' pre-game ceremony included appearances from a number of Chicago sports icons — from Cubs legends Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams and Andre Dawson to Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus of the NFL.
Bud Selig was there. Heck, even ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was there showing off his 2013 World Series ring won with the Boston Red Sox.
Sosa was not there.
And according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs didn't even invite Sosa, who hit a team-record 545 homers for the North Siders from 1992-2004.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
For Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary, celebrated Wednesday by the Chicago Cubs, it probably wasn't a huge surprise that the team chose to wear throwback jerseys. But the specific jerseys that the Cubs and the opposing Arizona Diamondbacks donned weren't your average MLB throwbacks.
The Cubs didn't wear Cubs jerseys at all and the D-backs didn't represent Arizona, rather Kansas City. The teams honored the first major-league game played at Wrigley Field, back on April 23, 1914. It was actually called Weeghman Field back then, and the Chicago Federals played the Kansas City Packers in the first game. Both teams were from the Federal League.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs are having one heck of a birthday party Wednesday, celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field. They enlisted character actors dressed like it's 1914, dressed both teams in throwback uniforms and handed out free cupcakes and replica jerseys to fans.
But as everybody knows, it's not a birthday party if there's not a birthday cake. The Cubs got a pretty memorable one. The team hired celebrity baker Buddy Valastro, best known from the "Cake Boss" reality show, and his team at Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey to make a 400-pound cake that resembled Wrigley.
- Kevin Kaduk at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs are advertising the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field’s opening as the “Party of the Century” and that would be all well and good if the label didn’t sound so familiar.
Wasn’t the “Party of the Century” supposed to happen when the team won the World Series?
OK, I get it: With the drought now counting 106 years and the save-the-date for that celebration permanently lost in the mail, the Cubs have decided that Wrigley’s 100th is deserving of a moniker they’ve been touting since the team’s winter convention.
- David Brown at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Ace Adam Wainwright put a scare into the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, hyper-extending his right knee trying to cover first base on a grounder to the right side in the bottom of the seventh inning. He was 79 pitches into a shutout against the Mets, but had to leave the game after the awkward play. St. Louis held its collective breath.
The Cards' medical staff gave him a battery of tests to prove the knee's stability, and Wainwright apparently passed, he said in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“My ACL, MCL, UCL, all those LCLs, QCLs, all the CLs are good,” Wainwright said, listing actual and fictional ligaments that could have been damaged in twist. “It’s one of those (plays) that looks scarier than it actually was. … I expected it to be more painful than it actually was."LiveSt. Louis1 - 2NY MetsFollow Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Picked up off waivers a week before Christmas, pitcher Collin McHugh performed like few others ever have in their Houston Astros debut.
Called up from Class AAA earlier this week and given only 24 hours notice that he was starting, McHugh struck out 12 over 6 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday night in a 5-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners. McHugh, a 26-year-old right-hander who came in with a career mark of 0-8 with an 8.94 ERA in nine starts with the Rockies and Mets the past two seasons, allowed three hits and no walks in leading Houston to its second straight victory.
The Ultimate Astros blog notes that McHugh's performance pretty much shocked everybody:
“I’ve had a lot of people encouraging me the last few years just kind of bouncing around a little bit not really knowing where home’s going to be,” McHugh said. “For my wife who couldn’t be here tonight and for my family back in Atlanta, this one’s kind of for them.”