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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew39 mins ago
If a baseball game is played in a stadium and no fans are around to watch it, does anybody still care? We're about to find out at Wednesday's Baltimore Orioles game, but answer is almost certainly, "Yes."
The Orioles, stuck with two postponed games because of the riots and civil unrest in Baltimore, have enacted an usual plan to play Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox — no fans will be allowed to enter Camden Yards because of "safety concerns."
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
It sure doesn't sound like Homer Bailey will be back on a mound anytime soon.
The Cincinnati Reds placed the right-hander on the DL on Monday with a sprained ligament in his right elbow. When Reds manager Bryan Price was asked about Bailey's injury, his response suggested he's not optimistic about what's coming next.
"It's messy and unbelievably unfortunate both for him as an individual and for our ball club because he's a big piece to what we do," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
"He certainly won't be pitching here in the near future."Tue, Apr 287:10 PM EDTMilwaukee at CincinnatiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Kirk Gibson has long been known as one of baseball's tough guys — look no further than the indelible image of Gibson limping around the bases after his pinch-hit, walk-off homer in the 1988 World Series — and now he's facing a new fight: Parkinson's disease.
Gibson, who recently started working for Fox Sports Detroit, revealed Tuesday that he's been diagnosed with the disease, saying in a statement:Tue, Apr 288:10 PM EDTDetroit at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
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For the second straight day the Baltimore Orioles have postponed their scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox due to ongoing unrest in the city, but that was just the beginning of the changes.
The Orioles announced that Wednesday's game against the White Sox will be played, but it will not be open to the public.
Orioles announcement regarding schedule changes pic.twitter.com/nwCDyqjzWs
The team also said this weekend's three-game series in Baltimore will be moved to Tampa, with the Orioles being the home team against the Rays.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Jose Reyes' rib injury has finally forced him to the DL. The Toronto Blue Jays announcedfollowing Monday night's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox that their starting starting shortstop would miss at least the next 15 days with a cracked rib.
After getting off to a good start, he was hurt swinging the bat on April 10 in Baltimore. It was clear that the injury was bothering Reyes even as he tried to play through it. He continued to play for about a week until the pain became such that he was forced to sit out an entire series. The switch-hitter tried hitting exclusively from the right side after that, he said it helped limit the pain, but had just three hits and no walks in 23 plate appearances to bring his 2015 slash line down to .250/.266/.300.Tue, Apr 286:10 PM EDTToronto at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 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.
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts entered the season with enormous expectations, but has gotten off to a slow start to begin the year. That may have changed Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
With men on first and second, Betts delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Betts stepped to the plate against rookie Miguel Castro, and, on the second pitch he saw, hit a ground ball into center for the game-winning hit.
Betts was a consistent force throughout the contest, reaching base four times. After walking in the first, Betts doubled in the fifth and added a single in the eighth. With the performance, Betts raised his average to .218.
Both teams suffered injuries during the contest. Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval had to exit the game early due to a neck injury. He's expected back in the lineup Tuesday.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
A fan had to be hospitalized Monday night after being hit with an errant bat at Wrigley Field. The sequence took place in the seventh inning with Chicago Cubs rookie infielder Addison Russell at the plate.
On the first pitch of his at-bat, Russell swung and missed at a 95 mph fastball from Rob Scahill. The bat slipped out of Russell's hands on the swing, and went flying into the stands. The fan who was hit was sitting a couple rows behind the Cubs' on-deck circle.
Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney left his seat in order to assist the fan. Kenney grabbed towels from the team's dugout and brought them to the injured spectator. Chairman Tom Ricketts also attempted to help the fan before medical workers arrived. The fan suffered "wounds," according to the Chicago Tribune.
The Cubs released a statement on the fan's condition following the game.Tue, Apr 288:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval gets a lot of grief about his body size. Those concerns were even evident this offseason after an unflattering picture of Sandoval emerged during camp.
Though his weight has been a constant source of ridicule, Sandoval has always performed on the field. He hasn't just been successful at the plate, either. Sandoval is considered one of the better defenders at third base.
He showed why that's the case during Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. In the top of the fourth inning, with two men on base, Jays infielder Dalton Pompey attempted to bunt both runners over.
Sandoval read the play, and charged in to make a tremendous diving catch. The catch not only robbed Pompey of a hit, but kept both runners from advancing. The Red Sox would get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The Kansas City Royals have developed a bit of a reputation this season. The club has brawled with both the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics this season, and nearly came to blows with the Los Angeles Angels.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer is well-aware of the Royals' feisty ways, and came to Monday's game prepared.
It looks like Indians Trevor Bauer came expecting to fight the Royals today. pic.twitter.com/Ig0BnA1BEz
Thankfully, Bauer didn't have to use those boxing gloves during the contest.
For this playful jab, the judges have awarded round one to Bauer. Bauer is slated to start Tuesday's game, giving the Royals a shot at revenge during round two.
Bauer may have won round one, but the Royals will surely be looking for the early knockout during Tuesday's contest.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
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The Baltimore Orioles have postponed Monday's game against the Chicago White Sox due ongoing protests and riots in Baltimore. The decision was made after the team consulted with the Baltimore City Police Department.
The protests have been going on since Saturday, after many gathered to express their anger over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American man who died after suffering spinal cord injuries that allegedly occurred while he was in police custody.
[Slideshow: Protests turn violent in Baltimore]