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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Major League Baseball's waiver trade deadline rarely results in huge deals, but contending teams can still make upgrades while heading into the final month of the season.
The Cubs struck first, picking up Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners. While the Cubs were rumored to be involved in acquiring other players, the team was unable to get anything else done prior to the deadline.
Other contenders must have taken notice, as three more outfielders would change teams before the deadline passed.Tue, Sep 18:10 PM EDTSeattle at HoustonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 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.
It may be too late, but the Cleveland Indians are surging heading into September. The club picked up its sixth straight win Monday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2.
Starter Danny Salazar was magnificent against the best offense in baseball. Salazar allowed just two runs on six hits over seven strong innings. He walked one and struck out 10 Blue Jays during the performance.
Though Salazar was great, the team ran into some trouble after he exited the game. Toronto was able to make things interesting in both the eighth and ninth innings.
Bryan Shaw picked up two quick outs to start the eighth, but followed that up by allowing a hit to Jose Bautista. He was removed from the game at that point in favor of closer Cody Allen.Tue, Sep 17:07 PM EDTCleveland at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
It's been a disappointing year for Boston Red Sox fans, but there's still a chance to celebrate before the season ends. Designated hitter David Ortiz is inching closer to reaching 500 home runs for his career, and should reach that goal at some point in September.
Ortiz belted No. 494 on Sunday, prompting the Red Sox to put up a banner in left field that would count down his home runs until he reached that magical number.
It didn't take long for them to tear down the first number.
In the bottom of the fourth inning during Monday's contest against the New York Yankees, Ortiz collected No. 495. He belted an 85 mph changeup from Ivan Nova to the opposite field for the solo shot.
Ortiz came dangerously close to hitting the banner the Red Sox put up for him. It was as if he were saying, "I hate that banner, I want it to be gone and I will do everything in my power to make that happen quickly."Tue, Sep 17:10 PM EDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier is known for his stellar defense in the outfield. That hasn't come across lately, as Kiermaier looked silly on a recent home run ball that hit the catwalk.
He made up for that Monday against the Baltimore Orioles, though. In the bottom of the first inning, Manny Machado hit a ball out to deep center. It certainly had the distance to leave the park, that is, until Kiermaier showed up.
Kiermaier not only tracked the ball perfectly, but was able to jump high enough to make the play. He didn't even use the wall to boost himself up, making the catch even more impressive. You can tell based on where Kiermaier makes the catch that Machado had a no-doubt home run taken away from him on the play.Tue, Sep 17:05 PM EDTTampa Bay at BaltimorePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs aren't playing around. With about a month left before the playoffs, the team is still looking for ways to improve. They showed as much Monday, acquiring outfielder Austin Jackson from the Seattle Mariners.
Hearing Jackson has been traded to the Cubs.
The move, while not major, should help the team down the stretch. Jorge Soler is currently sidelined due to an oblique issue, and neither Chris Coghlan or Chris Denorfia have established themselves as full-time options.
Jackson is hitting .272/.312/.387, so he isn't really an upgrade at the plate. He can play center field and has some value as a pinch runner, though. Jackson's stolen base figures are somewhat questionable, as he's been caught nine times this season, but he's the type of guy who could go first to third on a single, and that can make a big difference during a playoff game.Tue, Sep 18:05 PM EDTCincinnati at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Rob Manfred has reportedly come to a decision on whether to reinstate former Chicago White Sox great Shoeless Joe Jackson. Arlene Marcley, curator of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, S.C., will reveal Jackson's fate on the museum's Facebook page Tuesday, according to Greenville Online.
Shortly after Manfred took office, Marcley organized a petition asking him to consider reinstating the outfielder. Jackson was one of the eight members of the 1919 White Sox who were banned from the game by former commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis after allegedly throwing the World Series.
Jackson was accused of accepting a bribe to throw games, though he was acquitted of those charges by a Chicago court. Despite the acquittal, Jackson remains banned from baseball.Tue, Sep 18:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Derek Holland had an excellent day Sunday. He threw a three-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles with 11 strikeouts as the Texas Rangers won 6-0. It was Holland's third start since returning from a shoulder injury that had him sidelined since April.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Jake Arrieta's no-hitter Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers was the sixth of the season in MLB. That's quite a lot for something we usually think of being so rare and so memorable. Can you even remember the others from this season ?
Well, there was Mike Fiers nine days earlier against those same Dodgers. Hisashi Iwakuma threw one Aug. 12 for the Seattle Mariners. That's three in August alone. Who else?
Oh yeah, Cole Hamels in July, when he was still with the Phillies. Max Scherzer threw one in June. That's five, who are we missing? Oh yeah, San Francisco Giants rookie Chris Heston, the least-known name on this list, who threw the first no-no of 2015 on June 9.Tue, Sep 110:10 PM EDTSan Francisco at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Mark Shapiro couldn't have picked a better time to come to Toronto. Hired Monday by the Blue Jays to replace retiring team president Paul Beeston, the longtime Cleveland Indians executive will have the power to make an already promising situation even more appealing.
In terms of their place in baseball, the Blue Jays have been a sleeping giant for years. By itself Toronto is a growing market of over six million people, and every game they play is broadcast to a national audience on Sportsnet. Owned by Rogers Communications – a gigantic Canadian telecommunications and media company – Shapiro can expect to be handed a larger budget than what he had in Cleveland.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Can you think of a better way to celebrate a no-hitter than a pajama party?
That's exactly what the Chicago Cubs did following Jake Arrieta's no-no Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been doing themed road trips with his teams since his days with the Rays, and he's brought the practice over to Chicago. The Cubs were going to fly home clad in pajamas regardless of Sunday's result, Arrieta's first career no-hitter just brought the festivities to another level.
As you can see, the man of the hour was decked out in a mustache-themed onesie when he addressed the media: