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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 mins ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Clayton Kershaw is good. Like, really, really good. Like, he threw his third shutout of the month Monday night. Of the month!
Kershaw's so good and we're so spoiled by his dominance that what he did against the Cincinnati Reds in the Dodgers' 1-0 win actually had fans joking that he was only ho-hum. Kershaw gave up two hits, only struck out seven and actually walked someone. Yep, Kershaw's so good these days that seven Ks and a walk is actually an off night.
Enjoy this ridiculous stat from Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times:
Clayton Kershaw has more shutouts (3) than walks (2) this month. #DodgersTue, May 2410:10 PM EDTCincinnati at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Nearly two years after his death, the family of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is looking for retribution. Specifically, they want to hold tobacco companies accountable for the salivary gland cancer that Gwynn suffered after a lifetime of using smokeless tobacco.
So, the Gwynn family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday saying he was manipulated into a lifelong battle with chewing tobacco through free samples handled out to him when he was a student at San Diego State in the late '70s and marketing materials from that era that misled the public about the harm of chewing tobacco. Writes Tyler Kepner of the New York Times:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
When you think of Major League Baseball, you don't necessarily think of a sports league that's fashion forward. Baseball fashion, like the game itself, is often steeped in tradition. Anything that's new and different is often looked at with skepticism by baseball fans. The Arizona Diamondbacks andtheir new boundary-pushing uniforms can tell you that.
That's why it's both surprising and encouraging that baseball has taken a cue from the NBA and added stylish sock-maker Stance as the official sock of MLB. The league announced the partnership on Monday, unveiling new-look socks that will be worn during the Home Run Derby and All-Star game this July in San Diego.Tue, May 247:05 PM EDTArizona at PittsburghPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
Just when the Texas Rangers are about to welcome back pitcher Yu Darvish, the club learned Monday it won’t have the services of outfielder Josh Hamilton for the rest of the 2016 season. Hamilton has been on the disabled list since the start of the season with a knee injury and has decided to undergo knee surgery on June 8 and miss the rest of the season. That’s a blow to the Rangers but not necessarily from a financial perspective. Hamilton is making more than $28 million this season, according to widely reported contract terms, but the majority of that salary is being paid by the Los Angeles Angels.Tue, May 248:05 PM EDTLA Angels at TexasPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game is one of the sport’s great traditions, but as Forrest Gump might say, you never know what you’re going to get. Yes, we’re looking at you, 50 Cent.
Yang Qianmei, a gold-medal winning gymnast, had the honor before a game between the Chinatrust Brothers and the Lamigo Monkeys in the CPBL, the Taiwanese professional league, and it was unlike any first pitch we’ve seen. Qianmei performed a routine prior to the actual first pitch, dancing with hoops and ribbons with beauty and grace. When the ball was handed to her, she had quite a windup before firing what appeared to be a strike. (If you want to skip the perfromance and just see the pitch, skip ahead to the 2:50 mark in the video).
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Derek Holland won't look back at May of 2016 as one of the best months of his baseball career. The Texas Rangers pitcher is sporting an ERA this month that has one digit too many — a plump 13.91. Ouch.
Holland's May has been so bad that he entered the month with a 2.48 ERA for the season and currently sits at 5.63, which if your math isn't great is more than twice what it was when the calendar flipped. He makes his fourth start of the month on Monday when the Rangers face the Los Angeles Angels and you can watch the game live on Yahoo Sports to see whether Holland turns things around or digs himself deeper into a May despair.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
A starting pitcher and the home-plate umpire suffered unusual injuries early Monday afternoon when the Colorado Rockies and Pittsburgh Pirates played a make-up game following a rain out Sunday. Pirates’ starter Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the head with a pitch from Rockies starter Jordan Lyles in the second inning. Vogelsong fell to the ground and was attended to by team medical personnel before being carted off the field while holding a towel to his head. It wasn't clear if he was hit directly in the face with the pitch or if the ball first hit his batting helmet.
Head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Vogelsong's injury was to his "eye itself," including orbital bone around it. Still being evaluated.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Nobody's ever going to accuse Josh Donaldson, the American League's reigning MVP, of playing with the game without emotion. He's a fiery competitor and he's prone to outbursts just like he's prone to hitting the ball out of the park.
But after an ugly exchange Sunday, even Donaldson is saying baseball's unwritten rules about beanballs are out of control and the league should be doing more to protect hitters from fastballs being heaved at their mostly unprotected bodies.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. has been on an absolute tear lately. How long is lately, you might ask? Twenty-seven games, to be exact. On Sunday, Bradley extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a fifth-inning single against the Cleveland Indians.
Just how hot has Bradley been since his streak started on April 24? In 27 games, he's hit .408/.487/.786 with seven doubles, three triples, and eight home runs. He's raised his overall average 120 points, from .222 to .342. Bradley has had nine multi-hit games during his streak; five were two-hit games, and four were three-hit games.
Bradley is approaching several hit streak landmarks. He just passed 2015's longest streak, which was Edwin Encarnacion's 26-gamer. He's coming closer to surpassing 2014's longest streak, which belonged to Nolan Arenado for 28 games. After that, he'll need to beat Denard Span's 29-game streak, which came in 2013.Tue, May 248:10 PM EDTCleveland at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The world of amateur baseball is increasingly bringing us outrageous home-run celebrations. That's a byproduct of the younger generation's never-quenched desire to stunt on social media as much as it is the Make-Baseball-Fun-Again movement.
The most accurate display of this in recent memory comes from an eighth grader in Kennewick, Wash., who has been identified as Logan Hall. In a moment that is sure to make actual smoke come out of the ears of baseball purists, Hall hit a homer, unleashed a mega bat flip, pointed to the camera, then did the Running Man on his way to first base. And now, his celebration is going viral.