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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Bob Costas, you rascally guy, you.
We've seen plenty of people bungle ceremonial first pitches in recent years, but not until Costas on Tuesday night at the St. Louis Cardinals' game, have we seen someone throw a terrible first pitch, ask for a second chance and actually get it.Wed, Aug 204:15 PM PDTCincinnati at St. LouisPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
If, someday in the future, a literal million of Derek Jeter enthusiasts claim to have been at the game(s) when he tied or surpassed Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner on Major League Baseball's all-time hit list, it might not be much of an exaggeration. Because of a scoring change 11 days after the fact, Jeter's infield single against right-hander Trevor Bauer and the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 8 is now an error.
Objectively, it was an error all of the way on Carlos Santana and should have been called as such. Bizarre scoring decision, originally. It's also bizarre that the issue took so long to resolve. Twenty four hours should have been long enough to make it just and official. In the end, Jeter's place in history on the all-time hit list is secure, but how this moment in his final season was recorded also has been messed up forever.Wed, Aug 205:10 PM PDTCleveland at MinnesotaPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Kole Calhoun went to the bullpen to give the Los Angeles Angels some much-needed relief Tuesday night — though he is neither pitcher nor manager.
Playing right field at Fenway Park in the second inning, Calhoun drifted back, jumped high, reached into the bullpen and came down on top of the fence to make a great catch, robing Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox of a three-run home run. Aside from the grab, the best part of the video might be the reaction of the Angels players in the bullpen, jumping for joy in response. And why not? If Calhoun doesn't catch the ball, the Red Sox would have taken a four-run lead.
Instead, the Angels won 4-3 and continue to pace the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
As reporter Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register points out, Calhoun is "charitably listed" as being 5-foot-10 inches tall. That means he leaped approximately 14 feet in the air* in order to save right-hander Jered Weaver's bacon. (*exaggeration)Wed, Aug 204:10 PM PDTLA Angels at BostonPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Longtime Chicago White Sox play-by-play man Hawk Harrelson accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday — you probably haven't heard of this Ice Bucket Challenge thing yet, as it's a brand new trend sweeping the Internet and our man Hawk is right on the pulse of things.
Anyhow, Harrelson agreed to get doused with a big bucket of ice water (not one of those sissy-sized buckets Justin Verlander used) and the result is a wonderful video full of Hawk absurdities.
A few of the things we absolutely love:
1. Hawk wears a shower cap, because he's a respected broadcaster, darn it, and his hair is important. Sadly, it came off.Wed, Aug 205:10 PM PDTBaltimore at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling, in remission from mouth cancer, told WEEI radio in Boston on Wednesday morning that he'll "go to his grave" believing he got sick because he chewed smokeless tobacco for 30 years.
Schilling, who turns 48 in November, lost 75 pounds during his treatment, and also has lost his senses of taste and smell. Schilling announced in June that he was in remission after saying in February he had cancer, though he had offered few other details until now. Grateful for being given time to heal and reflect, Schilling expanded on his personal story on the radio during a fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund, the juvenile charity with whom the Boston Red Sox partner.
Schilling used chewing tobacco for three decades, something he now greatly regrets.
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
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Rather than waiting for their last at-bat again, the Washington Nationals won their eighth straight game because of a big third inning at the plate and another dominant outing by right-hander Stephen Strasburg. Removing the late-inning drama seemed OK with them after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 on Tuesday night.
The Nats scored six times in the third, keyed by a three-run double by Asdrubal Cabrera. Strasburg struck our four in a season-high eight innings, surpassing his career high for K's in a season. All of that meant Washington didn't have to win in the final moment, as it had for three straight games previously.
''I guess it's what the doctor ordered,'' Strasburg said.
It's Washington's longest winning streak in two years and, at 71-53, the Nats have the best record in the National League.
THREE-RUN 11TH GETS TIGERS PAST RAYS:Wed, Aug 204:05 PM PDTArizona at WashingtonPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
After a quick rain storm apparently took them by surprise Tuesday night, the Wrigley Field grounds crew sadly and hilariously struggled for six or seven minutes to get a soaked tarp to fully cover the infield during the fifth inning. In true Chicago form, many in the crowd booed the grounds crew's feeble execution. "Pull, pull, pull!" others shouted.
The problematic coverage didn't take as long to play out as a similar debacle at Yankee Stadium that lasted 14 minutes in July, or a nine-minute affair happening in the Bronx a season before, but it seemed even more absurd. And even though it rained on Chicago's North Side only for about 15 minutes, the ensuing delay because of unplayable conditions lasted 4 hours, 34 minutes. Umpires finally called the game at 1:16 a.m. and, because five innings had been played, the Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0.Wed, Aug 205:05 PM PDTSan Francisco at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
If ever there were a cure for a six-game losing streak, getting the reigning MVP back in your lineup might just be it. At least that's what the Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping now that they've activated Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list.
McCutchen hasn't played since Aug. 3 and the Pirates are 5-9 in that span, punctuated by a losing streak that's seen them fall to the Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.
McCutchen was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list last Monday, but the move was retroactive to the previous week. He left the Pirates' game on Aug. 3 after hitting a sac fly and immediately nursing his side. It was eventually determined that McCutchen had a fractured rib.Wed, Aug 204:05 PM PDTAtlanta at PittsburghPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew1 day ago
Surprise and sadness lasted only a while, and no hard feelings linger for slugger Yoenis Cespedes now that nearly three weeks have passed since he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He won't be part of a World Series winner this season in Boston, which is unlikely to finish with a .500 record, but that doesn't mean Cespedes can't pick a team to root for this October.
Speaking through a Spanish translator via an interview with reporter Jane Lee of MLB.com, Cespedes said he'll be rooting for the Oakland Athletics, who have a chance without him:
Cespedes will miss "everything" about Oakland, he says, "from the guys in the clubhouse to the coaching staff to the fans, who always treated me extraordinary, to the friends I made there," and counts the final day of the 2012 season, when the Cinderella A's claimed the American League West title, as his favorite memory in green and gold.LiveNY Mets7 - 2OaklandFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
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Actor Jon Hamm was immortalized in bobblehead form Monday night by the St. Louis Cardinals, so he showed up at Busch Stadium to meet the Cards players and throw out the first pitch.
Hamm, when he's shaved up and slicked back, makes ovaries swoon as Don Draper on the hit AMC show "Mad Men." He was also in the recent baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm" and he proved Monday night his arm isn't too bad.
Hamm didn't fire his first pitch, opting for an easy rainbow that bounced right in front of Cardinals legend Ozzie Smith, who was waiting to catch it. We'll call Hamm's a hundred-dollar arm.