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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
After becoming the first female to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history, and also the first Little League player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Taney Dragons star Mo'ne Davis returned to the Lamade Stadium mound on Wednesday. She had an opportunity to lead her team to the United States Championship game Saturday.
Standing in her way was the undefeated team from Las Vegas, which was coming off a most impressive 13-2 win over Chicago on Sunday. It was without question her most difficult challenge of the summer, and not surprisingly the Las Vegas kids didn't make life easy.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Garrett Richards' breakout season for the Los Angeles Angels is in jeopardy after a gruesome left knee injury sustained Wednesday night against the Boston Red Sox.
Richards, the team's best pitcher, was running to cover first base in the second inning when his knee buckled. He tumbled to the ground and lay in agony while trainers huddled around him. He was on the ground for about eight minutes before being carted off the field on a stretcher.
From the stretcher, Richards signaled to his teammates and to the Red Sox fans who applauded him, as he was taken to the clubhouse. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says it's a a patellar injury, but there's no word yet about the severity.
Richards, 26, has turned into the Angels' ace this season. He's 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA. He's tied for third in the AL for wins and has the fifth best ERA. The Angels' rise this season to become one of the best teams in baseball wouldn't have happened without Richards.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The 25th anniversary of Pete Rose being banned from MLB is Sunday and baseball's controversial hit king sat down for an interview with ESPN to mark the occasion. Like most things Pete Rose, the interview — which aired Wednesday on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" — was far from mundane.
The headline born from it: Rose says 25 years ago when he signed an agreement to be banished for life, it was a mistake. He thought he'd only been suspended for a season.
He told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap:
"It was a mistake because I didn't read the fine print," Rose said. "When I signed that agreement, if you looked at my news conference the day I was suspended ... I looked at it really as a year suspension. To this day, I have no idea why my lawyers would accept a lifetime suspension. Sure, I'm there listening to them, but most players when I played, when you look at your contract and stuff, you don't read the fine print."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Though there was a lot of anger and frustration being vented by the San Francisco Giants late Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, few expected their official protest of the unbelievable tarp incident at Wrigley Field to actually pay off.
Less than 24 hours later, we all stand together stunned and corrected.
Source: Giants prevail in protest of tarp-snafu game. Game to be resumed at 4 pm Thursday before reg scheduled games. To start B5. Cubs 2-0.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Sports customs say that players can swap numbers upon arriving at a new team, but they don't always come cheap. Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, for instance, recently got a Rolex for agreeing to give Ubaldo Jimenez No. 31 after Jimenez signed with the Orioles this season.
Most of the time, jersey-number trade negotiations involve luxury items or big checks. But when John Lackey was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals at the July 31 deadline, he saw that Pat Neshek wore his No. 41. Lackey would get the number, but this wasn't a simple give-the-man-a-nice-watch transaction.
Neshek is an avid baseball memorabilia collector and even has a website where he shows off his autographed cards. So, in exchange for No. 41, Lackey gave Neshek an autographed Babe Ruth ball.
Huge Thanks to John Lackey for the incredible gift for changing my uni # pic.twitter.com/SFnuTh2d7x
Obligatory "Who is she?" reference:
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Yasiel Puig has shown himself to be capable of many amazing feats on a baseball field. Athletic catches. Powerful throws. Distant home runs. Artful bat flips. Soulful singing. But what happens when he tries to throw his helmet?
It comes back at him like a boomerang — and he catches the rebound anyway, like Mad Max. This might be the most Puig Thing ever.
He also did this later in the game:
[GIF] Yasiel Puig cuts ball in gap between his legs: http://t.co/pqJqINeXRT
Big BLS H/N:
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew9 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.
- David Brown at Big League Stew9 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.
- David Brown at Big League Stew10 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)
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 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.