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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Here's something you don't see every day: the New York Yankees are defending Alex Rodriguez.
After a Tampa Bay Rays minor-league team planned a promo night poking fun at their infamous slugger, the Yankees objected that it was in poor taste.
And now, the A-Rod "juice box night" that the Single-A Charlotte Stone Crabs had planned for Friday has been cancelled. The team was going to give juice boxes to the first 500 fans through the gates. They were to read:
"100% Juiced. Side Affects [sic] include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!"
The Yankees were not having that, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times shared:Fri, May 227:10 PM EDTOakland at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
With the New York Yankees set to retire Bernie Williams' No. 51 on Sunday, he's getting the same sort of cap treatment that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera received in recent years.
That is, the Yankees will wear a special cap in Sunday's game to honor Williams. Here's a look:
The team wore special patches on its caps to mark the retirements of Jeter and Rivera in years past, so it makes sense that Williams could his own patch too. You figure Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte, both in line for number-retirement this summer, will get theirs too.Fri, May 227:05 PM EDTTexas at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
UPDATE: The promo has been canceled after the Yankees complained. We wrote about it in detail here.
ORIGINAL POST: The Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have a ballpark promotion aimed right at one of baseball's biggest targets. They're doing a "juice box night" Friday that's a dig at Alex Rodriguez.
The first 500 fans through the gates get a free juice box like this:
Because you may not be able to read the label, it says:
The Sports Drink 100% Juiced Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Major League Baseball acted quickly in handing down punishment to Will Smith, the Milwaukee Brewers pitcher ejected Thursday night after a foreign substance was found on his arm.
The league announced an eight-game suspension for Smith, who plans to appeal. Here's the MLB announcement:
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will Smith has received an eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during the bottom of the seventh inning of his Club’s Thursday, May 21st game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Joe Garagiola Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.
Smith’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight, when the Brewers are to continue their series at Atlanta. However, he has elected to file an appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.Fri, May 227:35 PM EDTMilwaukee at AtlantaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
Back in San Diego where he starred at the University of San Diego between 2011 and 2013, Kris Bryant had every reason to be comfortable. He was definitely feeling good on Thursday night. Bryant launched a two-run homer in the first inning of the Cubs' 3-0 win over the Padres and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Chicago is 8-2 during that stretch and 23-17 on the season, which has them in one of the two wild-card spots in the National League.
"I'm glad [Bryant] was able to come through for the hometown crowd – that was nice," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon after the game.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
With seven blown saves and a 4.20 bullpen ERA that ranks amongst the worst in MLB, it makes sense that the Chicago Cubs are looking to upgrade their relief pitching corps.
CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney is reporting that the Cubs are one of the teams interested in signing free agent right-hander Rafael Soriano. Scott Boras, Soriano's agent, indicated Thursday that his client could be joining a big-league team soon after failing to land a contract in the offseason because of his high price tag.
“I think Soriano could help about 10 teams now,” Boras said. “He’s second in the National League in saves the last two years. Teams are reaching out. We’re pretty close to structuring a deal for him.”Fri, May 229:40 PM EDTChi Cubs at ArizonaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith was ejected in the seventh inning of Thursday's 10-1 loss to Atlanta after umpires found a foreign substance on his non-throwing arm.
Smith had just entered the game and hit the first batter he faced, Pedro Ciriaco, with a pitch. The Brewers left-hander then threw a strike to Jace Peterson when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez asked the umpires to check on Smith. Crew chief Jim Joyce obliged and Smith was promptly ejected when Joyce discovered the shiny substance on the lower part of Smith's forearm.
According to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt, Smith did not react well to being tossed:
Will Smith was furious as he left field, gesturing at Braves' bench.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena will not be playing for the club this season. The 25-year-old has been suspended for the year after for "repeated failures to comply with his contract," according to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group.
Arruebarrena appeared with the club during spring training, though was not invited to major-league camp. He hit .143 over 14 at-bats this spring.
Following spring training, Arruebarrena was not assigned to any of the organization's minor-league clubs. Instead, he was expected to remain in Arizona for extended spring.Fri, May 2210:10 PM EDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
When the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers tangle, the baseball is usually a little bit different, a little more intense. They're the biggest rivals on the West Coast and they manage to give even early-season games a September feel.
What happened to the Dodgers this week was another type of different: They were swept by the Giants in three games and didn't score a single run. Oof. The sweep concluded Thursday, with the Giants winning 4-0 in a battle of the aces — Madison Bumgarner vs. Clayton Kershaw.
An example of how right things were going for the Giants and how wrong they were for the Dodgers: Bumgarner put the Giants on the board with a solo homer off Kershaw in the third inning. It was the first time another pitcher has ever homered off Kershaw.Fri, May 228:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at ColoradoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom turned in one of the best starts of the season Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. deGrom completely dominated the club over eight innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 11.
The start was so good, that only Corey Kluber has been better this year.
Jacob deGrom's Game Score of 91 is the second best this season behind Corey Kluber's 98. It's the 65th over 90 in the last five seasons.
To make things more impressive, the one hit deGrom allowed came in the first inning. After striking out Kolten Wong to open the game, deGrom gave up a single against Matt Carpenter. He then proceeded to set down the next 23 hitters he faced.Fri, May 228:10 PM EDTSt. Louis at Kansas CityPreview Game