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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Mets found the cure for what was ailing Matt Harvey: facing the slumping White Sox. Harvey went out Monday afternoon and pitched seven shutout innings in New York's 1-0 win over Chicago, allowing two singles and striking out six. It's the first time this season he reached the seventh inning of a game and he needed just 87 pitches to get there.
Less than two weeks after being booed off the mound by fans at Citi Field folllowing the worst start of his career, Harvey was cheered and his name chanted by the crowd much like the days when he was at his apex.
The biggest reason for optimism from Monday's start? Harvey's fastball velocity was up, hitting 98 mph on multiple occasions.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers just finished a contentious series with the New York Mets that included payback for Chase Utley and the reportedly Mets crying foul about the Dodgers' fancy, tech-savvy defensive alignments. Now, the Dodgers are headed to Chicago, where new-age Cubs manager Joe Maddon is already telling the Dodgers they don't have to expect a fight about their lasers.
The Dodgers have been using laser rangefinders, which are more frequently used in golf and hunting, to make their defensive alignments more precise. MLB rules don't allow the use of laser rangefingers during games, but the Dodgers have used them before games and then marked positions on the field for their outfielders.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Baseball is filled with almosts. Fly balls that were almost home runs. Pitching performances that were almost shutouts or no-hitters. Plays that were almost made. On Sunday, a catch by Chicago White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie falls into that last category. It was almost great. Almost.
The White Sox were in a precarious position in their game against the Kansas City Royals. With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, the bases were loaded and reliever Nate Jones had just walked in the tying run. Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert (A+ baseball name) faced Jones next, and he smacked the ball to the right side of the infield.
Brett Lawrie reached to his left, almost fully extended, and somehow caught the ball. He tumbled to the ground and tried to make the throw to Jose Abreu at first base while mostly on his back, and it didn't go very far.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Baseball is unpredictable. After the little round ball is struck by the bat, it's incredibly hard to predict where it will go and what it will hit. And when most people hear about someone being hit by a baseball during a game, it's usually a spectator in the stands. But in Sunday's Miami Marlins-Atlanta Braves game, we learned that even the dugout isn't always safe.
Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich was batting in the ninth inning, facing Braves reliever Ian Krol. Yelich fouled off Krol's 1-2 offering, and the ball flew into the Marlins' dugout. According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the ball ricocheted against a wall in the dugout and struck second baseman Derek Dietrich in the back of the head.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
It’s not news that the Atlanta Braves are bad. And boy, are they bad. Their record is 14-35, and their team batting average is .232, 26th out of 30 teams. The best hitter on the Braves right now is Jeff Francoeur. Yes, that Jeff Francoeur. After a surprisingly solid 2015 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Frenchy is giving the Braves at least one positive thing about their offense. He's hitting .287/.319/.398 while playing nearly full time.
Despite all of this badness, and the precariousness of Francoeur's resurgence, there is hope. While the Braves' lineup is currently a vast wasteland of players hitting under .260, there are a few players who could turn their seasons around and stop the Braves from losing so much.
You can watch the Braves try to not lose to the San Francisco Giants in Yahoo Sports' Free Game of the Day. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. ET, and you can stream it on Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home. Local blackouts apply, according to MLB rules.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 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.
The relentless Kansas City Royals of the past few years appear to be back. You know, the team that constantly strung out lengthy rallies that served to rip the heart and soul out of the opposing club? Yeah, those Royals are back.
The team proved as much during a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox. After completing an incredible comeback down 7-1 in the ninth inning on Saturday, the Royals managed another tremendous comeback win against the White Sox bullpen on Sunday.
While this one wasn't as dramatic, it was still impressive. With Chicago up 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, White Sox manager turned to Nate Jones to hold the lead. After inducing a quick pop out to lead off the frame, things appeared to be going just fine.Mon, May 308:15 PM EDTTampa Bay at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
For the first time ever, a woman has won a game as a professional baseball manager. Former Olympic Softball pitcher Jennie Finch accomplished the feat Sunday while acting as the guest manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish.
The Bluefish, an independent league team that plays in the Atlantic League, defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, propelling Finch to the win. Since Finch was serving as the "guest" manager, it was a one-time deal. While she may have to wait a while to pick up her second professional victory, it's still one heck of an accomplishment.
Finch was also involved in pregame activities, signing autographs for fans before the game and giving a speech on the field before her managerial debut.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
With one swing of the bat, the New York Yankees' game completely turned. Things looked bleak early, as Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi had no-hit the club through six innings. In the seventh, one swing of the bat was all it took to turn the tides.
That swing came courtesy of Starlin Castro. With a man on first, Castro belted a 91 mph fastball from Odorizzi out to left center, giving the Yankees the 2-1 lead.
With a lead, manager Joe Girardi turned to his fearsome trio of relievers in the final three innings. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman would deliver, keeping the Rays off the board to secure the 2-1 victory. It was all due to Castro's blast.
That hit was even more special than it initially appeared. It was the only hit the Yankees managed the entire day. Despite that, they came away with the victory. That was a feat the team hadn't accomplished in over a century.LiveNY Yankees0 - 1TorontoFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Alex Rodriguez's eight-year-old daughter Ella completed an assignment at school for Parent's Day, and in the process may have revealed some her father's biggest secrets.
Well, that's assuming her information is accurate. We have reason to question said accuracy after listing his age as 43. But what do we really know? She's been to more of his birthdays than we have.
Apparently, Rodriguez had no issue with this information, accurate or otherwise, getting out. In fact, he helped spread the word by tweeting a photo of her assignment on Saturday. There were several interesting answers included, but we can't help but focus on the craziest thing Alex Rodriguez has ever done through her eyes.
Ella's Parents Day assignment! ❤️ it honey. Daddy isn't 43 yet but by then, I promise I'll know how to cut an 🍎. pic.twitter.com/mFJy2oj4pV
What do you say, baseball fans? Cutting an apple is pretty crazy, right?
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
If you're a fan of the Minnesota Twins, then you're conditioned to expect the worst this season. That's how far the expectations have fallen with the team off to a highly disappointing 13-34 start entering play on Saturday.
We're sure that overwhelming sense of dread crept into their minds on Saturday night too when the Seattle Mariners threatened to rally in the ninth inning at Safeco Field. However, in a stunning twist, it was actually the first-place Mariners who managed to run themselves right out of the ballpark with the worst display of baserunning we've seen in a long time.
To try explaining this play will undoubtedly lead to confusion and then failure. Even those involved couldn't possibly understand how Seattle went from first and third with one out, to game over despite the baseball never being put in play.