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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
After being diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in July, New York Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka has been rehabbing diligently in hopes that he'll not only avoid Tommy John surgery, but return and contribute to New York's rotation's again during the 2014 season.
Until Friday, anyway, the news had been surprisingly encouraging. Tanaka had passed several important tests, including most recently throwing a 49-pitch simulated game on Thursday, which seemingly put him on track for a September return.
However, the news on Friday was a little less encouraging for the Yankees new ace.
Tanaka is experiencing general arm soreness. He will return to NY to do some strengthening exercises. No appointments scheduled with doctors
Tanaka said the pain is "throughout the arm" and isn't specifically in elbow. Said that he wasn't worried.
Tanaka isn't worried, but manager Joe Girardi certainly has his concerns.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
If you thought Buster Posey was hot coming out of the Colorado series (six hits, three home runs, including a walkoff), he's positively scorching now after going 5 for 5 in San Francisco's 13-2 blowout victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posey singled and scored on a wild pitch in the first. In the second, he singled home pitcher Ryan Vogelsong. In the fourth, he reached on an infield single and scored. In the fifth, he tripled home two runs. And in the sixth, he singled again. That's five hits in just six innings as the Giants offense as a whole battered around Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta and long reliever Marco Estrada.
At that point, the only thing left to wonder was whether or not Posey would collect a six-pack of hits. That opportunity never came, however, as Bruce Bochy elected to rest his former MVP with a sizable lead.
''It would have been nice for him to go for six, but the rest was more important,'' Bochy said.
There was no argument from Posey on that.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
After homering in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday in Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs rookie Jorge Soler followed up with two hits in the series finale on Thursday, and on Friday he stole the show at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, connecting on a pair of monstrous late-inning home runs to lead Chicago to an impressive 7-2 victory.
With Chicago trailing by a run in the seventh inning, Soler calmly stepped in against Cardinals starter Shelby Miller and viciously unloaded on his first-pitch 94-mph, sending it beyond the center field wall for a game-tying home run. The connection made one of those sweet bat-meeting-baseball sounds we all close our eyes and dream about, and given the immense power Soler already possesses at just 22 years old, once he hit it, it stayed hit for a long time.
Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay actually thought he had a shot to scale the wall and bring it back. Clearly, he underestimated the power of Soler, because there was no chance.Sat, Aug 3011:15 AM PDTChi Cubs at St. LouisPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Less than 24 hours after Jesus Montero was involved in a strange run-in with Seattle Mariners' scout Butch Baccala while making a rehab appearance in Boise, general manager Jack Zduriencik released a statement to the media denouncing the actions of both men, while also providing an update on their current status with the club.
"First off, it is clear that both Jesus Montero and Butch Baccala engaged in behavior that is far below what we expect from members of our organization, including bad judgment at nearly every stage of this incident.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Though the Houston Astros have shown marked improvement on the field, having already surpassed their 2013 win total before entering the month of September, dysfunction and dissension have reportedly festered behind the scenes, most notably in the relationship between general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter.
According to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Luhnow and Porter have been at odds over several issues this season, including what Rosenthal describes as "excessive second-guessing" of Porter's in-game management. Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle later backed up Rosenthal's report, stating that a "heated battle" took place, which led to Porter speaking with Jim Crane directly about his concerns with the relationship going forward.
In the wake of the reports, both Crane and Porter are not surprisingly attempting to downplay any possible bad blood.Sat, Aug 304:10 PM PDTTexas at HoustonPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Now that the Little League World Series is over for Jackie Robinson West, and the players have been welcomed home to Chicago with the city throwing them a parade and a rally, it's back to real life.
The return to normalcy will be tougher for some players than others.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday that the family of one Jackie Robinson Little Leaguer, 12-year-old Jaheim Benton, is homeless. Benton lives with his father, Frank Jackson, and they sleep in the "homes of friends and family, one step away from the shelters and the streets."
- David Brown at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Chicago White Sox need more starting pitching, improved relief pitching and a better defense in order to get into a winning habit in 2015.
Do they also need more prayer, and perhaps even some divine intervention? Not necessarily. But it might not hurt to bring more nuns to U.S. Cellular Field.
Take these nuns, for example. They were pulling for the White Sox to rally against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, and Adam Dunn obliged by hitting an RBI single in the eighth inning. Most amusingly (because they're nuns!), the women high fived nearby fans — and each other — after Dunn's bloop brought the White Sox within a run.
Dunn's nuns! Holy cow, you did it!
Sadly for the church ladies, the Indians stopped the rally from there and won 3-2.Sat, Aug 3010:10 AM PDTDetroit at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones says he was joking when he told fans at the team's social media function Thursday that his favorite place in Baltimore was the "airport" so he could fly home.Sat, Aug 304:05 PM PDTMinnesota at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
It's tough to figure out exactly what's going on in the video above because it's in Japanese, but we know the important stuff: That's former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king Takashi Yamasaki guesting on some sort of funny Japanese TV show.
His goal is to try to hit a 186 mph fastball from a pitching machine. Yikes.
You know how fast that is? It's so fast Yamasaki couldn't even swing before the ball passed him. It's so fast that all he could do was laugh. By all means, watch the video above, but check out this slow-motion GIF. Notice how everything is slow except the ball.
After watching this, my life won't be complete until someone rounds up 20 of the best MLB hitters and makes them try.
Mike Trout could do it, right?
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago
In a story that can only be described as embarrassing for everyone involved, Jesus Montero, the disappointing one-time Seattle Mariners catcher, went after a scout from his own team with a bat during a minor-league game Thursday.
The reason? The scout had been heckling Montero during a rehab assignment with the Single-A Everett AquaSox, who were playing in Boise. The scout then sent an ice cream sandwich to the dugout for Montero. That's when Montero — who made headlines when he showed up at Mariners spring training 40 pounds overweight — snapped and had to be restrained.
We'll let MILB.com's Tyler Maun unravel the tale in greater detail:
Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified cross-checker [a type of baseball scout] yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.Sat, Aug 306:10 PM PDTWashington at SeattlePreview Game