Big League Stew

  • Denard Span's teammates joke about drug tests after he hits two homers

    David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

     

    Denard Span's teammates on the Washington Nationals got right to the point Monday night after he connected for his second home run of the game.  Span came in with two home runs in 574 plate appearances all season, but he has been on an unholy tear for a week, going 8 for 22 with five extra-base hits since Wednesday. His homers helped the Nats continue their progressive road trip with a 6-4 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Dodger Stadium isn't exactly a home run haven, either. Span was at a loss to explain his power surge. Via the D.C. Bog

    “I couldn’t tell you, man,” Span told MASN’s Dan Kolko after the game. “Just seeing the ball good and trying to put good swings on the ball. Fortunately they’ve been getting out of the park for me.”

    Kolko asked Span for the best joke he heard in the dugout Monday.

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  • The curious case of Giants rookie Andrew Susac's 'first' MLB hit

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago

    Great Scott! Andrew Susac, the rookie catcher for the San Francisco Giants has altered the timeline of his rookie season, rewriting both the date of his MLB game and his first hit.

    It's going to take a full 1.21 gigawatts to explain this curious case of baseball gone "Back to the Future,"so fire up your flux capacitor and let's do this:

    The Giants resumed Monday a suspended game against the Colorado Rockies from May 22 that was delayed three months and 10 days because of rain. Susac, who spells Buster Posey behind the plate these days, was still in Triple-A when the game began. 

    But when he was inserted into the lineup for Monday's continuation, Susac was *technically* making his MLB debut.

    The game goes down in the books for May 22, so even though this was Susac's 18th game with the Giants, it was *technically* his first.

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    Tue, Sep 2
    5:40 PM PDT
    San Francisco at Colorado
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  • Phillies pitchers give ball from combined no-hitter to ailing team president

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago

    When four pitchers combine to throw a no-hitterlike a Philadelphia Phillies foursome did Monday, it's probably easier to give the final ball to someone else than decide which pitcher gets to keep it.

    Starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the combined no-hitter, the first in MLB since 2012 when the Seattle Mariners did it. And the four of them knew just whom the final ball should go to.

    Team president David Montgomery took a leave of absence from the Phillies on Thursday because of ongoing health issues. He had surgery in May to remove cancer from his jaw. Montgomery, 68, has been the Phils president since 1997, making him the perfect choice to get the last ball from the franchise's 12th no-hitter. 

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    Tue, Sep 2
    7:05 PM PDT
    Seattle at Oakland
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