Big League Stew

  • Matt Harvey pitches through another bloody nose

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago

    Anybody who has played sports knows they're at risk of catching one on the nose. We've all been there. Whether it's a ball, an elbow, a hockey stick, another elbow, a forehead or another person's fist, all it takes is that one direct shot to ruin your day.

    With that in mind, it's not unusual to see an athlete sporting a bloody nose. However, in the instance of New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was spotted bleeding from the nose during his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, it was unusual because he wasn't on the receiving end of any intended or unintended physical violence.

    Bloody nose Harvey again #mets

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  • Altoona Curve to wear Mr. Rogers-inspired sweater uniforms

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

    The Altoona Curve — Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates — are hoping Sunday will be a beautiful day in their neighborhood.

    For this evening's game against the Harrisburg Senators, Altoona will join WPSU Penn State and The Fred Rogers Company in presenting "A Night in the Neighborhood," a celebration of the classic children's series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and current PBS KIDS television show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.

    Of course, the highlight of almost any minor league promotion is the uniforms. This will be no different, especially for those who grew up watching the original program or have become familiar with Mister Rogers' collection of cardigan sweaters that he'd pluck from the closet to begin every show.

    July 5th is A Night in the Neighborhood w/Daniel Tiger + Mister Rogers' Sweater Jerseys. Be ours? #NeighborhoodNight

    There was no greater symbol of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, so we applaud the choice.

    Now, if they only came in several different colors, that would be perfect.

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  • Alex Avila makes outstanding catch diving into stands

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago

    With Miguel Cabrera expected to miss six weeks with a Grade 3 strain of his left calf, the Detroit Tigers are losing an irreplaceable piece of their offense.

    With that in mind, we're certain the veteran first baseman would have never even attempted making the catch his replacement Alex Avila pulled off on Saturday afternoon.

    Typically the Tigers' starting catcher, Avila was making his first career start at first base in Cabrera's absence. It's a role he's expected to fill at least semi-regularly while Cabrera heals, and he made a great first impression with an outstanding catch while tumbling into the first row of seats down the right-field line at Comerica Field.

    It wasn't the most convenient place in the ballpark to made such an attempt, either. Though the ball sailed beyond the Tigers first base dugout and beyond the tarp, Avila had to deal with some signage. Avila actually appeared to clip his right knee on the sign, which made his concentration and ability to hold on even more impressive.

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  • Avisail Garcia robs Chris Davis of game-tying HR with incredible catch

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    Holy cow! Chicago White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia made perhaps the defensive play of the year on Saturday, robbing Baltimore's Chris Davis of a game-tying home run with a sensational leaping catch in the ninth inning.

    After blowing a two-run lead and Jeff Samardzija's chance at a victory in the top of the eighth inning, the White Sox had regained the lead in the bottom half on pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck's RBI double. That set the stage for what momentarily felt like heartbreak again for White Sox fans, as Davis teed off against closer David Robertson.

    As the baseball soared off the bat, everybody in the ballpark and watching at home anticipated the baseball landing in or perhaps clearing the Orioles bullpen in right field. Even those not watching would have anticipated the same thing based on the sound of the bat, the initial silence of Hawk Harrelson, and then his disgruntled tone as he finally described the action. 

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    Mon, Jul 6
    8:10 PM EDT
    Toronto at Chi White Sox
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  • Trevor Bauer mimics teammates batting stances during rare plate appearance

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

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    We're not going out on a limb when we say Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer seems like a fun guy to have in the clubhouse.

    Between his unique warm up routine, his desire to fly drones around spring training and his antics wearing boxing gloves during a game against the Kansas City Royals — who were recently in multiple altercations — he at least knows how to keep things interesting.

    Such was the case again on Friday night, when Bauer used a rare plate appearance in a National League park to mimic some of his teammates batting stances.

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    Let us repeat that again so it sinks in. Bauer used a plate appearance during a regular season game to mimic, and therefore amuse his teammates by copying their batting stances.

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    Mon, Jul 6
    7:10 PM EDT
    Houston at Cleveland
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