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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew31 mins ago
Not much went right for the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night during their 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
That includes but is not limited to outfielder Ben Revere accidentally boosting a Matt Wieters fly ball over the wall for a home run.
With the Yankees win, Toronto also lost a full game off their lead in the AL East. They'll start Saturday's action with a mere a half-game lead over New York.
With that in mind, if they were looking for any inspiration, they should focus on this incredible highlight from Troy Tulowitzki.
What you're witnessing here is one strange sequence with a spectacular finish.LiveBaltimore0 - 0TorontoFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
If this season feels like it's been one continuous highlight reel for outfielders, that's because it truly has been one continuous highlight reel for outfielders.
From Kevin Pillar's early string of sensational leaps and dives, to the recent stretch of wild home run robberies, outfielders have been relentlessly dominating the defensive play of the year category.
At least until Friday, when things went a little haywire in Toronto.
The unfortunate turns of event was highlighted, or in this case lowlighted, by Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere. During Friday's 10-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Revere attempted to flag down Matt Wieters' long drive at Rogers Centre, and actually managed to propel it over the fence for the rare defense-aided home run.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The only way to beat the Toronto Blue Jays these days is to out slug them. One of the few teams equipped to do that is the Baltimore Orioles, and that's exactly what they did Friday, riding the hot bat of Chris Davis to a 10-2 victory at Rogers Centre.
Davis came into the game with three home runs in Baltimore's first two games during September. He added two more on Friday, connecting for a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run blast in the sixth. The second homer broke a 2-2 tie and gave Davis an even 40 on the season.
For Davis, it's the second time he's topped 40 homers during his eight-year career. He led all of MLB with 53 in 2013. With a full month left, he still has a decent shot at reaching 50 again this season. He's also the first player in MLB to reach the 40-homer plateau. Former teammate Nelson Cruz is one behind with 39.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs showed no mercy on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, pummeling them 14-5 at sun-soaked Wrigley Field.
Based on the final score, one might assume the wind was blowing out. That actually wasn't the case. In fact, at one point the wind appeared to be blowing in pretty strong from right field, but it couldn't stop the Cubs' sizzling offense from cracking four home runs.
Among the roundtrippers was a grand slam from Anthony Rizzo, which blew the game wide open in Chicago's eight-run fifth inning. Javier Baez also connected on a two-run shot to cap that rally. Then there was Addison Russell, who came through with his first career multi-homer game while batting ninth in manager Joe Maddon's batting order.
Russell's performance was obviously significant on a personal level. But it was also historic based on his positioning in the order.Sat, Sep 52:20 PM EDTArizona at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
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Though the main selling points of baseball are the individual stars and the marquee one-on-one matchups between between pitcher and batter, it's still a team sport that requires individuals working together for the greater good.
For example, it takes at least two, often times three players to turn to a double play. It takes two players paying attention and working in sync to execute a hit-and-run or suicide squeeze. And if we move the focus away from the field, sometimes it even takes two — as in two fans — to corral a foul ball.
At least that's how things played out Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. A pair of fans who may or may not have known each other before hand, ended up in the same spot attempting to catch the same foul ball off the bat of Detroit's James McCann. Both were standing along the railing of the upper deck, and both ended up getting their hands on the ball.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The Houston Astros lineup is about to become a little stronger and a lot more dynamic with the return of George Springer.
The 25-year-old outfielder was activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing two months with a fractured right wrist.
Springer figures to be in the lineup for all three games of their important weekend series against the Minnesota Twins, and based on his gear in the Astros clubhouse he's more than ready for battle.
Maybe a little too ready.Sat, Sep 57:10 PM EDTMinnesota at HoustonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
"Star Wars" hysteria, like Christmas, is hitting us waaaaaay before December.
You need only to venture to your local Target to get besieged by "Star Wars" products. Shopping online? Yep, they're all over the place there too. In fact, Friday was dubbed "Force Friday" because of well-planned roll out of "Star Wars" products ahead of the Dec. 18 release of "The Force Awakens."
And not even baseball is immune. New Era, the official cap kings, released these new "Star Wars" themed caps. They're like regular MLB caps with "Star Wars" plastered on 'em.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
How many innings should New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey be allowed to throw this season? If you know the answer to that question, you could probably solve the team's latest feud with super-agent Scott Boras.Sat, Sep 57:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Jessica Mendoza's Sunday Night Baseball debut must have impressed her bosses, because she's getting another crack at the position. Mendoza will fill in as an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball through the rest of the season, ESPN PR announced Friday, as a replacement for Curt Schilling.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew1 day ago
Joe Panik appears to be about ready for a return to the big leagues.
The San Francisco Giants second baseman was having a breakout season before going on the disabled list with lower back inflammation at the beginning of August. The 24-year-old was slashing .309/.374/.443 and was named to his first All-Star Game in July.
But if this web gem from a minor-league game on Thursday is any indication, Panik’s back is just fine and he should be back in the majors soon enough.
Joe Panik made an unbelievable play in first rehab game. Giants have missed his glove as much as his bat: https://t.co/oYHOtO5aBw
It was actually just his first rehab game so while his return may not be imminent, he isn’t showing much rust defensively. He showed no hesitation in sliding and bare-handing the ball to get the out at first. At the plate, he went 0-for-2 in Triple-A Sacramento’s 9-5 loss to Reno.
Since he hit the DL the Giants have gone 12-19 without him and fallen 6.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West. They could use his glove and bat if they’re going to make it back to the postseason and attempt to defending their World Series title.Sat, Sep 58:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at ColoradoPreview Game