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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
With many people fearing the worst, Pittsburgh Pirates starter A.J. Burnett got good news from doctors Monday: He doesn't need elbow surgery and he could pitch again this season.
A 2015 return isn't guaranteed for Burnett, but it sure beats the alternative. Had he needed elbow surgery, his season was over and since Burnett, 38, has said this is final year, his career would be over too. Here's the diagnosis, via Fox Sports' Jon Morosi:
A.J. Burnett has a strained flexor tendon. UCL is intact. He will undergo treatment in hopes of pitching again this year. #Pirates
A.J. Burnett news is much better than it could have been. He's injured, yes, but he has a high pain tolerance and will try to come back.Mon, Aug 37:05 PM EDTChi Cubs at PittsburghPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
It's been an interesting 24 hours for the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals. The two teams nearly brawled during Sunday's game, and didn't let up once the contest ended.
A number of players on both sides had things to say following the game. Edinson Volquez and Ryan Madson called out Josh Donaldson, while Jose Bautista said he lost respect for Royals manager Ned Yost.
The comments didn't end there, however. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura had a couple of things to say about Bautista later in the day. He has since deleted his tweets, but our own Jeff Passan had them translated before they were taken down.
Ventura's tweets about Bautista read:
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Daniel Norris went all out to impress in his debut with the Detroit Tigers.
The 22-year-old left-hander, acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays as the key piece for David Price, made his first start for Detroit on Sunday and put together a stirring performance.
A solo home run by Chris Davis in the fourth inning was the only run Norris allowed over 7 1/3 innings in a 6-1 Tigers win. He gave up four hits, struck out five and walked just one.
On top of pitching a great game, Norris also showed he may have a Gold Glove in his future as well.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
It was less than two years ago that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds faced off in the NL wild-card game. Pittsburgh won that game and is still a contender in the National League while Cincinnati has taken a step back since then and is trying to rebuild.
Even though they're trending in opposite directions, there continues to be animosity between the two NL Central rivals.
A day after Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd felt that he was drilled deliberately by Pirates right-hander Joe Blanton, the beef hit a boiling point Sunday at Great American Ballpark.
With Pittsburgh leading 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning, Reds reliever Pedro Villareal hit Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen with a fastball square in the back.
- Jay Busbee at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
A young bat boy has died of injuries sustained when he was struck by a bat at a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday afternoon.
Kaiser Carlile, age 9, was a bat boy for the Liberal (Kan.) Bee Jays. He was struck in the head on a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle by a player who didn't notice him, and although he was wearing a helmet, sustained severe injuries. Carlile died from the injuries on Sunday.
The game's home-plate umpire, Mark Goldfeder, a 25-year paramedic, treated the boy until paramedics could arrive and transport him to the hospital.
The National Baseball Congress is the organizing body for a collection of amateur and semi-pro teams. The Liberal Bee Jays were one of many teams participating in the event, and were in the midst of a game against a team from San Diego when the accident happened. Kaiser was rushed to a local hospital, and after a long conference in the outfield, the team decided to play on. Liberal defeated San Diego in 13 innings, 13-5, and advanced to play on Sunday.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 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.
For the first time in what seems like a long time, the New York Mets are in first place in August. The team moved into a tie with the Washington Nationals after a 5-2 victory Sunday.
It was an impressive series for New York. The Mets swept Washington, holding the Nationals to just five runs over the three-game series. The series also featured the redemption of Wilmer Flores, who was nearly traded earlier in the week.
Noah Syndergaard played the hero Sunday. The righty went eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits. He struck out nine and did not issue any walks during the contest.Mon, Aug 37:10 PM EDTNY Mets at MiamiPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Alexander played the titular role in the book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." After Sunday's game, San Diego Padres outfielder Justin Upton could have probably taken his place.
Upton had a rough time against the Miami Marlins. He not only struck out in all four of his at-bats, but he did so in an impressive manner.
Justin Upton, four strikeouts. Saw 12 pitches.
Though it's fairly rare for a batter to strike out on the minimum amount of pitches, Upton is not the first player to do so this year.
Most recent players with 4 K on 12 pitches in a game: 8/2/2015 Justin Upton 4/7/2015 Brett Lawrie 4/10/1988 Mike Pagliarulo
If you can remember, Athletics infielder Brett Lawrie also fell victim to the same stat line in April.Mon, Aug 38:10 PM EDTSan Diego at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Move over Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, or Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. There's a new best rivalry in baseball.
Not surprisingly, the Kansas City Royals are involved. The Royals had their issues with other clubs earlier in the season, but had been relatively quiet for a few months. All it took was Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson to re-ignite the team's competitive spirit.
Donaldson was hit by a pitch in the first inning, and while that didn't immediately lead to trouble, it set the tone for the game. Donaldson did seem to exchange words with starter Edinson Volquez as he walked down to first base.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, which means the bulk of the trading activity is behind us and the majority of marquee names available have already been moved. But that doesn't mean trading season is over. Far from it, in fact.
Remember that blockbuster nine-player trade from 2012 that saw the Los Angeles Dodgers acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox. That happened on Aug. 25, making it perhaps the most notable post July 31 trade in recent memory.
Will there be a post deadline deal this season that tops it? It's enitrely possible. In fact, we'll run through some players who might be good candidates to be moved. In order to happeh though, it would require any player on the 40-man roster that's involved to pass through revocable waivers.
The process itself sounds complicated, but it's pretty basic in its steps.Tue, Aug 47:05 PM EDTBoston at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
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With the non-waiver trade deadline having passed on Friday, it's time for baseball fans, executives, and especially the players, to sit back, catch their breath, and, if need be, let out a few growls of joy or discontent this weekend.
You know, kind of like many Minnesota Twins players and manager Paul Molitor in that video you see above.
OK, so that obviously wasn't in response to Minnesota adding veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays. It was done in honor of the team's long time mascot T.C. Bear on National Bear Day.
See, we weren't kidding.
Regardless of the hows and why, we have grown men growling, roaring and basically acting the part of a bear for the entertainment of millions. Does the reason why even matter?LiveMinnesota1 - 5TorontoFollow Game