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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew39 mins ago
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander took a big step toward making his 2015 debut Tuesday. The 32-year-old has been sidelined all season due to a triceps injury, but looked dominant during a simulated game Tuesday.
Don't believe us? Take it from one of his teammates, then.
Vers final line for sim game...4.1 ip 3 hits (all 1bs) 1 BB 9ks 0 runs...I don't use the term domination lightly and he DOMINATED!!!
Though it was just a simulated game, the performance should be encouraging for Tigers' fans. Verlander may be coming off his worst season as a pro, but Detroit's rotation hasn't been a strong spot this year.
The team's 4.15 ERA from their starters ranks 19th, though their 3.79 FIP rates ninth, suggesting improvement is possible.
Still, it's not as if there are a lot of proven assets in the rotation. David Price is clearly an ace, but the club is relying on both Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene to remain solid. Results have been mixed thus far. Greene has experienced extreme highs and lows over his starts, while Simon has been incredibly solid. Whether they can continue to excel will be a question.LiveDetroit1 - 0OaklandFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Fans of the Kansas City Royals spent the early part of the season defending their team — either because they weren't getting enough respect after their 2014 World Series run or because they were being painted as villains after they made the benches clear a few times.
Now, it appears Royals fans have focused their energy on another plight: making sure they dominate All-Star game voting. MLB released the first batch of AL vote tallies Tuesday and the Royals fans proved themselves the king and queen keyboard clackers, as five Royals would be starters if voting ended right now.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Charter Communications has agreedto acquire Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, a mammoth move that has real-world ramifications outside of baseball. But since baseball is our biz here on The Stew, this news means one thing to us: the messy situation involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner might finally get cleaned up.
Time Warner launched SportsNetLA in 2014, a cable network dedicated to the Dodgers, but other cable providers in the area haven't picked it up, saying it's too expensive. That has left about 70 percent of the L.A. area without access to SportsNetLA and, thus, without access to the Dodgers on TV.LiveAtlanta0 - 0LA DodgersFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
In what seemed like a match made of expendable players, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves were reportedly near a swap Tuesday morning that would have sent Juan Uribe to the ATL and Alberto Callaspo back to L.A.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first with the news, saying that Uribe-for-Callaspo was the headline, but six players were expected to change teams in the deal. Ah yes, some good ol' hot stove-type dealing in May. But then, as quickly as the rumors warmed our baseball-less morning, they were squashed.
Callaspo blocked the trade, according to Rosenthal, seemingly happier to stay with the .500 Braves or test free agency again should he get designated for assignment, as many expect, and hit the open market:
Sources: Callaspo rejected trade. Had right under CBA to say no to any deal before June 15 as a free agent who signed last off-season.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Normally Ruben Amaro Jr.'s decisions as Phillies general manager are enough to aggravate Philadelphia sports fans. So how do you think fans will react now that Amaro has questioned their baseball knowledge?
Discussing trade talks involving his club's veterans, namely Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, Ryan Howard, and Chase Utley, as well as the progress of Philadelphia's top prospects, Amaro couldn't help but take a swipe at Phillies fans. It was when Amaro was asked if the Phillies could bring up Aaron Nola, 21, and Zach Eflin, 21, that he made the following statement.
“They don’t understand the game,” Amaro said. "They don’t understand the process. There’s a process. And then they [b****] and complain because we don’t have a plan. There’s a plan in place and we’re sticking with the plan. We can’t do what’s best for the fan. We have to do what’s best for the organization so the fan can reap the benefit of it later on. That’s the truth.”
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
With two pitchers suspended for using foreign substances on the mound in the last few days, there's been a conversation around baseball about the very existence of the rules outlawing grip-enhancing substances.
Count Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell among those who would like to see the rules be relaxed. In fact, he's suggesting that the league should come up with a uniform substance that every pitcher can use without consequence.LiveBoston1 - 2MinnesotaFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs 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 Los Angeles Angels gave the San Diego Padres a choice not many teams would like: Mike Trout or Albert Pujols? Spoiler alert: The Padres didn't choose correctly.
With the score tied at three Monday night and two out in the ninth inning, the Padres could have pitched to Mike Trout with runners at first and third base. But they chose to walk him to load the bases and take their chances with Albert Pujols. Can't blame the decision. No need to risk it with the best player in the game.
But Pujols made them pay just the same, slapping a broken-bat, walk-off single into left field off Padres' closer Craig Kimbrel. The Angelswere the victors, 4-3. Pujols notched his 17th career walk-off hit and, according to ESPN Stats & Info, that's the second most among active players. David Ortiz is No. 1.LiveSan Diego0 - 0LA AngelsFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Forget those ugly camo caps, this video right here is the most 'Murica thing that happened at an MLB game on Memorial Day.
Behold as a fan at Monday's Seattle Mariners-Tampa Bay Rays game grabs a foul ball, then proceeds to dance the most ridiculous dance you'll see this week — it's somewhere between hyped-up 4-year-old and Pauly Shore performing as a rodeo clown.
He stops to tilt his hat and picks up a sign at the end. The moment was there and he embraced every bit of it. Don't fight the feeling!
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
When we think about Giancarlo Stanton, baseball's $325 million man, the first things that come to mind include: "Damn, that guy hits baseballs really far" or "Man, that dude's contract is huuuuuuuge." We don't usually think about his defense in right field.
But Stanton, actually, is pretty good in the outfield and he proved it Monday for the Miami Marlins, making a stellar leaping catch in which he clanged into the right-field wall at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. From the sound of it, you might think Stanton was hurt. His impact with the fence was that loud.