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- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Miami Marlins' second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 81 games early Friday morning for testing positive for PEDs, and he's released a statement about the incident.
[ From Jeff Passan: Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs ]Fri, Apr 298:10 PM EDTMiami at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
It was new vs. old, then vs. now, one of MLB's finest Japanese imports against the MLB's hot new star from Japan.
Yet for Kenta Maeda, the Los Angeles Dodgers' rookie pitcher, facing Ichiro was something more. It was going up against his childhood idol, against a man who is legit baseball royalty in their homeland. And in the end, their first meeting couldn't have gone much better for Maeda.
[ From Jeff Passan: Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs ]
It happened in the second inning of Thursday night's Dodgers-Marlins game. Ichiro fouled off Maeda's first offering, a four-seamer at 90 mph. Then Maeda painted the outside corner with two sliders, the first a called strike and the second a called strike that sent Ichiro back to the dugout.
In fairness, this is far from peak Ichiro. He's 42 now and not an every day player for the Miami Marlins.Fri, Apr 2910:10 PM EDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs 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.
Dee Gordon played what appears to be his last game for a while, as the Miami Marlins beat the Los Angeles Dodgers by the count of 5-3 on Thursday night. If nothing else, he made it memorable.
Gordon, ifyou missed the shocking news, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball shortly after Thursday night's game because he tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs. Before that went down, though, he was key in the Marlins' comeback to beat the Dodgers and starting pitcher Kenta Maeda.
[From Jeff Passan: Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs]
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had a legitimate complaint Thursday with the schedule put together by Major League Baseball. The Cardinals were on the road at Arizona for the finale of a four-game series and the last game in a seven-game road trip, but the game didn’t start until 8:40 p.m. in the Central Time Zone back home in St. Louis.
The Cardinals lost 3-0 and by the time they boarded the team bus to head for the airport, it was nearly midnight St. Louis time and the team was assured of flying through the night and arriving home in the early morning hours with a 7:15 p.m. start time Friday night against the Washington Nationals.Fri, Apr 298:15 PM EDTWashington at St. LouisPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
There's a section of baseball fans out there who just flat out don't like A.J. Pierzynski. The current Atlanta Braves catcher has played for seven teams over 19 years. That's plenty of time to anger various fan bases.
So if you're among the people who want to see Pierzynski be miserable on the baseball field, we've got just the highlight for you. To be clear here: We don't hold any ill will toward Pierzynski. He's entertained us plenty of times. But we know the guy's rep among some fans and we think you might enjoy what's happening here.
Besides that, some people just like bloopers. So here you go. It's a trifecta of failure: First the passed ball, then falling when he tried to pick up the ball, then throwing it directly into the ground. Oof.Fri, Apr 292:20 PM EDTAtlanta at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
We've got an All-Star edition of the StewPod for you this week, as we're joined by MLB legend Dave Winfield and Yahoo Sports fantasy expert Scott Pianowski. If you're looking for a podcast that will both help yearn for a trip to San Diego for the MLB All-Star game and help fix your fantasy baseball team, this is it.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day has been a thing for more than two decades now and let’s just say some kids have it a little better than others when it comes to shadowing their parent for a day at the office. Of course, every experience can be a valuable one for the kids who are able to participate and get a taste of what their parents do each day, but some are just bound to have more fun. Madison Roark is one of the lucky ones.
Tanner Roark’s daughter Madison found time in her busy schedule to write out today’s lineup. pic.twitter.com/MuCrTWXsq9
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Fellow Internet people and baseball fans, I come to you today with a very important public service announcement. It's a plea for rational thinking at a time in which greatness is unfolding in front of our eyes.
IT'S TIME TO STOP HATING BRYCE HARPER.
Sorry I had to go all-caps on you there, but when we're talking about a player as talented as Bryce Harper, sometimes you gotta get shouty on the Internet. And sometimes you need to stand in front of a camera and let people know.
With that, I'd like to introduce the first installment of my new weekly video series here at Big League Stew and Yahoo Sports. It's called Open Mike, because well, my name is Mike and I'm open to spreading my brand of baseball gospel. Like this one: You are missing out if you cling to the already exhausted Commandments of Harper Hating.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The United States has never won the World Baseball Classic, but the best player in the U.S. would like to change that. Washington Nationals outfielder and reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper said he is open to the idea of playing for the U.S. team next year in the fourth edition of the WBC but he would do so only if other American stars from around the major leagues decided to join him. He wants to be a part of a team truly built to win the title.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
This may sound like the plot of an upcoming Ocean's 11 movie, but we assure you it's not. Thieves in Kansas City have stolen a huge Kansas City Royals player cutout from a local billboard.
The billboard in question is an advertisement for Hy-Vee, a store that sponsors the Royals. The backdrop of the billboard is made to look like an outfield wall, while a 3D cutout of a giant, generic Royals player can be seen scaling the wall in order to make a catch. Now, that giant, generic Royals player is gone!Fri, Apr 2910:10 PM EDTKansas City at SeattlePreview Game