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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion doesn't believe hitting coach Brook Jacoby deserves a 14-game suspension for his actions following a recent game.
Jacoby was suspended by the league for "his post-game conduct toward the umpire crew." Jacoby reportedly confronted the umpiring crew after a game in Boston on April 29. A number of coaches, including Jacoby, were upset about the strike zone during the contest.
Encarnacion gave his account of the event, and told Shi Dividi of Sportsnet that he was surprised by the punishment.
“That surprised me,” Encarnacion said of the punishment Tuesday. “I never expected that kind of suspension the way I saw it in the tunnel. What happened isn’t supposed to be that many games, because they just yelled at each other. They had contact, but not like the way they say. What I heard is (the umpires) said Brook got the umpire against the wall. That never happened.”
What kind of contact?
“Just bumping each other,” he says. “But no hands.”Wed, May 67:07 PM EDTNY Yankees at TorontoPreview Game
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The date was May 6, 1915 – 100 years ago Wednesday. The Boston Red Sox are in New York to face the Yankees. It seems like just another regular game in the hundreds of thousands that have been played in baseball history, except for one thing – there’s a 20-year-old pitcher named Babe Ruth on the mound for the Red Sox.
It was Ruth’s seventh career major-league start, and he had just 17 at-bats at that point. When he came to bat in the third inning, few if any of the 5,000 fans in attendance at the Polo Grounds knew they were about to witness history:
“Ruth held the Yankees scoreless for two innings and came to bat for the first time in the third. He faced Yankee starter Jack “Chief” Warhop. A submarine-throwing right-hander, he was in his eighth and last season with the team...Wed, May 67:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at BostonPreview Game
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Are the Washington Nationals experiencing a World Series-favorites curse? The preseason championship favorites, according to oddsmakers, are off to a rough start in 2015. They won just 10 games in April and sit in fourth place in the surprisingly-tough National League East.
But things were starting to look up. They won three-of-four games against the first-place New York Mets over the weekend and won six-of-seven heading into Tuesday’s game against the Miami Marlins before hitting another snag. Stephen Strasburg, their 26-year-old ace, left the game with a shoulder injury after pitching just three innings. It’s not sure how serious the injury is, so don’t panic yet, Nationals fans. Matt Zuckerman of Comcast SportsNet has more details:
Strasburg: "I feel like I could've gone through it. But at this point in season, you just want to get it right + not alter your mechanics."
Basically, sounds like Strasburg believes a chiropractic adjustment can solve problem. Not an issue with actual shoulder or elbow.LiveMiami2 - 6WashingtonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 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.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Shelby Miller is starting to look like an ace again. The 24-year-old had an exceptional start Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Miller allowed just three hits during a complete game shutout. He struck out eight and issued just one walk. Miller threw just 99 pitches, picking up the first "Maddux" of the season.
Shelby Miller clinches the Maddux with a game-ending strikeout on pitch No. 99. First one in the Majors in 2015. There were 12 last season.
A "Maddux" occurs when a pitcher tosses a complete game shutout while throwing fewer than 100 pitches. The stat is named, obviously, for Greg Maddux, who accomplished the feat an amazing 13 times during his career. It's not an actual stat, but it's a fun way to point out a dominant pitching performance.Wed, May 67:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Getting the call to the majors is a dream come true for many players. Given the level of talent in the bigs, it can also be incredibly intimidating.
Some rookies respond by showing nerves in their first taste of the big leagues. Los Angeles Angels rookie catcher Carlos Perez is not one of those players.
With the game knotted 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Perez stepped in against Seattle Mariners pitcher Dominic Leone. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Perez clobbered an 81 mph slider out to left for a walk-off home run. That's quite the way to cap your major-league debut.
The hit also puts Perez is elite company.
Carlos Perez is the first major leaguer with a walk-off homer in his MLB debut since Miguel Cabrera did so for the Marlins on June, 20, 2003
While that was the biggest highlight from the 24-year-old's debut, it wasn't his only contribution. In his first at-bat, Perez singled on a 96 mph fastball for his first major-league hit. The rookie finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.Wed, May 610:05 PM EDTSeattle at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The best teammates are the ones who pick you up when you're down. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig may not be able to flip his bat now that he's on the disabled list, but that's OK, because Zack Greinke is happy to oblige.
Greinke was able to show off his skills in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Brewers. On the second pitch of his at-bat against Rob Wooten, Greinke smashed a double to center. After making contact, Greinke flipped his bat as if he's been a hitter his entire career.
For a pitcher, Greinke is actually not bad at the plate. He owns a career .213/.261/.323 line over 278 plate appearances.
Following the contest, Greinke said the bat flip has always been a part of his game.
Q: Where did the bat flip come from? Zack Greinke: It's always there. I just haven't hit one hard like that in a while.
It was quite an entertaining game for Greinke. His next time at the plate, Greinke asked for an appeal at first base and was called out on strikes.
Your browser does not support iframes.Wed, May 68:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Over the first month of the season, the Houston Astros have shocked the baseball world. At 18-9, the club leads the American League in wins. A big part of their success has been pitching. Dallas Keuchel has been an early Cy Young candidate, and the team's bullpen has completely neutralized the competition.
Part of that success is due to the team's strong defense. Outfielder George Springer demonstrated as much Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.
With the Rangers up 7-1 in the seventh inning, Adrian Beltre hit a shot out to Springer in right field. Springer ranged back for the ball, leapt and made a tremendous catch to end the inning.
As he came down with the ball, Springer smashed into the outfield wall. Springer laid on the ground for quite some time following the play, and appeared to be trying to catch his breath.
While he was able to get up and leave the field, Springer did not come out of the top of the eighth. He was replaced by Jonathan Villar.
Following the game, manager A.J. Hinch said Springer was sore, and would be evaluated for a concussion.Wed, May 68:10 PM EDTTexas at HoustonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
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On August 27, the Washington Nationals are set to celebrate Pet Day at the ballpark. While fans won't be allowed to bring their pets to the park for the contest, fans who purchase a ticket to the game will receive a team pet calendar.
The club held the photo shoot for the calendar Tuesday, and it produced some pretty wonderful images.
Just when you thought it couldn't get cuter than Drew Storen holding his dog in his mitt, Bryce Harper comes along and steals the show (and your heart).
It appears not all of the pets were on their best behavior.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Mitch Williams and Lenny Dykstra have a long history of hating each other. Dykstra has long held the belief that Williams blew the 1993 World Series, and seems to hold him accountable for that. Williams, obviously, is not a big fan of that opinion.
The two were able to ... um ... work out some of those issues at a recent event in Philadelphia. The Philly Sports Roast was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted affair. It quickly turned ugly. Be warned, the language in the following video is highly NSFW. Do not watch this at work!
That winds up being highly uncomfortable at the end. Dykstra initially seems annoyed with Williams, but it quickly devolves into something that is tough to watch.
This is far from the first time these two have nearly gotten into it at a public event. The two confronted each other at a card signing back in 2013.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Not that we expected anything different, but it sounds as if Pedro Martinez pulls no punches in his new book, "Pedro," which hits stores Tuesday.
We've already heard Martinez's wild story about Manny Ramirez from the book, and now Martinez's book is making headlines for something he wrote about his tenure with the New York Mets.
Martinez alleges that the Mets forced him to pitch late in the 2005 season, even though he had a toe injury and had been told by his manager that he was done for the year. But Jeff Wilpon, the team's COO and son of owner Fred Wilpon, stepped in and changed that. From the New York Times:Wed, May 67:10 PM EDTBaltimore at NY MetsPreview Game