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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 .
Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez nearly carved out a rare place in the history books on Friday night. The 31-year-old from Maracay, Venezuela came up five outs short of pitching his second career no-hitter in Detroit's 8-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yes, that score is deceiving. We'll get to that in a moment.
As for Sanchez, he was looking to become the 28th pitcher in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters. He also pitched a no-hitter for the then Florida Marlins on Sept. 6, 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The near nine-year stretch between no-hitters would have been the second longest between a pitcher's first and second.Sat, Jul 41:08 PM EDTToronto at DetroitPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Friday was another reminder of just how unpredictable and unstable the career of a mjaor-league reliever can be.
Veteran right-handers Joba Chamberlain and Neftali Feliz were both designated for assignment by the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers respectively, leaving both teams with 10 days to trade, release or place the relievers on waivers.
Chamberlain, 29, inked a one-year, $1 million deal with Detroit during the offseason in an attempt to rebuild his value. For Detroit, it was a cheap signing they hoped would add depth to their bullpen despite Chamberlain's up and down 2014.
Chamberlain had performed well in a relief role previously for the New York Yankees, It just didn't work out in Detroit. In 30 appearances, Chamberlain posted a 4.09 ERA and a 1.682 WHIP. He struggled avoiding contact as well, striking out just 15 over his 22 innings.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
We've already had our fill of scary flying bat incidents this season. That's why everybody watching cringed and held their breath on Friday night when San Francisco Giants pitcher Jake Peavy lost his grip and sent his bat barreling into the stands at Nationals Park.
Fortunately, when the camera quickly panned to the crowd, all we saw was a fan celebrating perhaps the biggest catch of his life.
That man here is a hero, and to the hero go the spoils.
So smooth. So casual. Well done, our man. She won't soon forget that one.Sat, Jul 411:05 AM EDTSan Francisco at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Just when you thought the Los Angeles Angels' week couldn't get any more dramatic, here comes a weekend series in Texas against the Rangers and former outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The story here has been told many times over the past few months. In February, Hamilton suffered a drug and alcohol related relapse, which the Angels condemned and attempted to use as a way out ouf Hamilton's bad contract.
Ultimately, they were forced to eat the majority of the deal in order to trade Hamilton back to Texas, which sets up Friday's big reunion.
A lot has been said about the Angels' lack of support for Hamilton during his difficult time. Many felt they portrayed themselves in a bad light by immediately shunning him and distancing themselves. Before his comeback last month, Hamilton even said that he was denied a meeting with Angels owner Arte Moreno, noting that the two hadn't directly talked since last season.Sat, Jul 49:05 PM EDTLA Angels at TexasPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Federal investigators have recommended charges be brought against at least one St. Louis Cardinals employee implicated in the probe of an alleged computer intrusion of databases belonging to the Houston Astros, according to a report from CNN.
Per the CNN report, the investigation is complete. It is not immediately clear which employee was in line to be charged or how high up the Cardinals' hierarchy that employee might be, but it's apparent they've pinpointed at least one individual's involvement.
Here's more from the CNN story:
The probe by investigators at the FBI's Houston office is complete, according to officials briefed on the matter, but is awaiting action by the Houston U.S. attorney's office. A U.S. attorney spokeswoman didn't respond to a request for comment.
The FBI's Houston office declined to comment on pending charges.Sat, Jul 41:35 PM EDTHouston at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
When the Chicago Cubs initially announced the Wrigley Field renovations, not everyone was on board. Some argued that Wrigley had so much historical relevance that it would be blasphemous to add video boards to the iconic stadium.
Well, the Cubs found a excellent way to get angry fans back on board with all the changes Friday. During the seventh inning stretch, the team played a video of Harry Caray singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."
That is exceptional!
Caray was famous for leading the crowd through the song when he was a broadcaster with the club. Following his death in 1998, the Cubs have opted to bring in celebrity conductors for the event.
The team will continue to bring in celebrities, but the new video boards allow them to occasionally stray from that plan, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com.Sat, Jul 47:15 PM EDTMiami at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Remember when New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hit his 660th home run all the back on May 1? While it was a significant moment for Rodriguez, it wasn't all smiles and sunshine.
The hit sparked a debate over whether Rodriguez would receive a "milestone" bonus in his contract. When Rodriguez re-signed with the Yankees, a clause was inserted in his contract that stated he would receive $6 million any time he tied a player on the all-time home run list. With his 660th home run, Rodriguez tied Willie Mays, making him eligible to receive his bonus.Sat, Jul 41:05 PM EDTTampa Bay at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It took just more than two weeks, but New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will finally receive his 3,000th-hit ball. The Yankees reached a deal with Zack Hample, the notorious fan who caught the ball. Hample initially told the team he was keeping the milestone souvenir.
So, what did it cost the club to get the ball back? Quite a bit, it appears.
But wait, there's more.
Along with $150K donation for A-Rod 3000 ball, Yanks will give @zack_hample memorabilia, tickets & other perks
On top of that, it appears Hample will present A-Rod with the ball at a news conference Friday. It's also probably not a coincidence that the Yankees mentioned Hample's Twitter feed in both of their posts about the ball.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Over the first half of the 2015 season, the talk about the “best pitcher in baseball” has been mostly about some usual suspects like Max Scherzer and Zack Greinke, and some budding young stars like Dallas Keuchel and Chris Archer.
But one pitcher having a great season that few have taken notice of is Yovani Gallardo. The 29-year-old former All-Star is in his first season with the Rangers and has been a big part of their surprising start to the season. Over his last eight starts few in baseball have been better than Gallardo.
On Thursday night against the Orioles he extended his scoreless inning streak to 29.1 – the longest streak in the majors this year. The Rangers scored twice in the ninth to earn the win and are 6-2 overall in Gallardo’s last eight starts.
He hasn't allowed a run June 10, and hasn’t lost since May 19. Over those last eight starts he has given up just five earned runs in 51.1 innings, for an ERA of 0.88, with an opponent’s batting average of .169. For the whole season he has a 2.56 ERA (10 th best in the majors), and a 72/31 K/BB ratio. He’s 10 th in the majors with a 2.8 WAR.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day 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 Atlanta Braves managed to do something few teams have done this season: They registered a victory against Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.
The win didn't come without controversy, though. With the two clubs knotted 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Scherzer took the mound hoping to send the game into extras.
Pedro Ciriaco led off the frame with a single, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jace Peterson. That's when controversy struck.
Cameron Maybin hit a walk-off single down the third base line to win the contest. Whether the ball was fair or foul is up for debate. The ball took a big hop on the infield dirt and landed in foul territory once it hit the ground. Umpire C.B. Bucknor ruled that the ball passed over third base in fair territory, making it a fair ball.Sat, Jul 47:15 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game