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  • Alex Gordon makes like Superman and rescues Royals with walk-off homer

    David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

    The Kansas City Royals seemed bound to be shut out by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night until the bat boy spoke up with Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Manager Ned Yost explains, viathe Associated Press:

    ''The bat boy who never says anything turns around and says, 'Esky is going to get a hit and Gordo's taking him in the fountain,''' Yost said. ''I said, 'OK. Sounds like a pretty good plan.'''

    One that worked out perfectly, too.

    As if by request, Escobar blooped a single and Gordon connected for a rare Royals home run, a two-run shot against Twins closer Glen Perkins that gave Kansas City an exhilarating 2-1 victory. It was reason enough for Salvador Perez to drench Gordon in golden splendor:

     

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    Wed, Aug 27
    5:10 PM PDT
    Minnesota at Kansas City
    Preview Game
  • Minor league manager removes shoes at home plate during argument with umpire

    David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

     

    To get any attention as a minor league manager while having an argument with an umpire these days, you apparently must remove some of your clothing. With the Class A Carolina League season in its final week, managers stripping (to a degree) is becoming a trend. Earlier this month, the manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans put on an entertaining-if-childish show that included removing his jersey and shoes and placing them at home plate in order to express outrage at the umpires.

     

    Following the form of Joe Mikulik, skipper Tommy Thompson of the Winston-Salem Dash placed his shoes and cap at home plate to highlight an argument with the umpires Monday night. The Stew has reached out to the Dash for some context, but has yet to hear back.

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  • Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus figure out their boundaries, finally (Video)

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

    There isn't a more amusing left-side-of-the-infield duo in baseball than Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers, who can often be found behaving like quarreling brothers when pop ups are hit in their direction.

    One will mimic the other. They'll get in each others' way. Or they'll push each other around after a catch. Andrus is the younger pest and Beltre is the older eye-roller. The play these roles to a tee, and they were at it again Monday night in the Rangers' 2-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. Only there was one new bit in their routine.

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