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  • Armless man throws out first pitch at Royals game (Video)

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

    Never let it be said that a man without arms can't throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. Tom Willis has proven that to be false, time and time again.

    Willis, a motivational speaker who was born without arms, tossed out the first pitch at Thursday night's Kansas City Royals game. It's something that Willis has done at 22 different ballparks through his Pitch for Awareness campaign.

    Willis, 54, has learned how to do everything with his feet. He has an organization called Tomsfeet Productions, where the mantra is "No hands. No arms. No problem."

    In 2011, Willis told The PostGame that his goal is to throw out the first pitch at all 30 MLB ballparks. He's well on his way, having already done it places such as Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park and Petco Park. He also explained to The PostGame how he throws a ball: 

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    Fri, Aug 1
    6:35 PM PDT
    Kansas City at Oakland
    Preview Game
  • Marlins fume after new home-plate collision rule helps Reds get a win

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

    Baseball's new home-plate collision rule has made another enemy.

    The Miami Marlins were livid Thursday night after an application of Rule 7.13, often called the Buster Posey rule, overturned a play at the plate and gave the opposing Cincinnati Reds a run in the eighth inning of a 1-0 game. Not only that, but the overturned play at the plate, which would have been the third out, extended the Reds' inning. They went on to score two more runs and win the game 3-1.

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    Fri, Aug 1
    4:10 PM PDT
    Cincinnati at Miami
    Preview Game
  • Manny Machado makes a great play to throw out Albert Pujols — yes, again

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago

    Stop us if you've heard this one before: Manny Machado, the Baltimore Orioles third baseman who is quite good at defense, made a highlight-worthy play to throw out Albert Pujols.

    No, we're not talking about the play from Wednesday night. Machado did it again Thursday, during Baltimore's 1-0 extra-inning loss to the Angels.

    He ranged to his right, falling into foul territory, then gathered himself and threw an absolute rocket to first base to get Pujols. We'll offer the same caveat as last time: Yes, Pujols isn't a very fast runner and, yes, lots of other guys would have beaten that out. But holy moly, look at that throw. It's like Machado's arm is a T-shirt gun.

    Here's Machado's Wednesday night play, which is the better of the two. But as a pair they're further proof that his play at third base is special.

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