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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
A day after trading away Chase Headley to the New York Yankees, the San Diego Padres have now lost outfielder Cameron Maybin. Although for an entirely different reason.
Major League Baseball has suspended Maybin for 25 games effective Wednesday for using an amphetamine that violates the league's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Maybin says he uses a stimulant to treat ADD and previously had an exemption from MLB. Problems arose, however, when he "neglected to follow all the rules" when changing his prescription.
Maybin will be eligible to return to the Padres on Aug. 20, but who knows what the team will look like then. The Padres (43-56) don't have a GM and are in full fire-sale mode.
In a statement, Maybin said he wasn't trying to "gain any advantages" on the baseball field:Wed, Jul 235:05 PM PDTSan Diego at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Jeff Francoeur was called up to the big leagues again Wednesday. The veteran outfielder will join the San Diego Padres, seeing time with his third MLB team in the last two seasons.
This is good news for Francoeur, but bad news for the people in Triple-A who enjoy pranking him. Namely Cody Decker, the El Paso Chihuahuas player who also dabbles in filmmaking.
Decker produced the now-famous video of the team's intricate prank on Francouer in which they convinced Frenchy that teammate Jorge Reyes was deaf. As a follow-up, he and some of the Chihuahuas locked Francoeur in a bathroom earlier this season, forcing him to climb through the ceiling to forge an escape route.
- David Brown at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Let's say you have tickets to the big game tonight, but you can't make it down to the ballpark because you have to work late. Selling your tickets online is not a problem, but you still don't want to miss being embedded among the action. What do you do? Nothing. You're Seoul out of luck. Until now.
As @MyKBO on Twitter notes, Korea's Hanwha Eagles have installed a robot cheering section in their home stadium to which fans can upload their avatars, mannerisms, messages, cheers, beer preferences — whatever — for the first truly virtual ballpark experience.
You don't need to be at the game anymore in order to still be at the game!
Convenient? Yes. Creepy? Oh, definitely. These fan robots (or "Fanbots") look like police from the movie "THX-1138" or the "I, Robot" robots — only with baseball caps. They won't hurt us, right? Nice machine! Well, before we bring Fanbots to the major leagues, we need to set up some ground rules:
• They won't be allowed inside of Comerica Park where the Detroit Tigers play and many auto industry workers watch. Too soon.
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
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As the days count down toward the end of Derek Jeter's career in the major leagues, he continues to tick off career milestones. Jeter on Tuesday night broke a 79-year-old record held by Lou Gehrig, putting himself at the top the New York Yankees' all-time doubles list. Among all major leaguers, Jeter is 36th all-time in doubles, and could crack the top 30 before the end.
Jeter had gone 16 games without getting an extra-base hit before putting the Yankees in position to break a scoreless tie with the Texas Rangers by knocking a double to left field against left-hander Neal Cotts in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Yankees didn't score Jeter, and didn't win until the 14th on a single by newcomer Chase Headley.
Gehrig broke Babe Ruth's record of 424 on Sept. 8, 1935. Who else is among the top 10 of Bronx doublers?Wed, Jul 234:05 PM PDTTexas at NY YankeesPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Pirates are supposed to make you walk the plank , not nearly half of their lineup. And yet, no matter what he tried, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Chris Perez kept walking Pittsburgh hitters in the bottom of the eighth Tuesday night — with disastrous consequences.
Trying to keep the Dodgers within a run after the Los Angeles offense had rallied, Perez instead walked four straight batters, helping Pittsburgh extend its lead to five runs. Perez threw only eight of 25 pitches for strikes and allowed four runs in a 12-7 loss at PNC Park.
Chris Perez five batters away from having the Pirates lineup "walk around."
Here's how it looked on the play-by-play transcript. It started OK with Michael Martinez, but then:
Brandon League followed and the Pirates got two more hits and three more runs — all of which were charged to Perez, whose ERA inflated to 5.35. He has allowed 19 walks in 35 1/3 innings after walking 21 batters in 54 innings with the Indians in 2013.Wed, Jul 234:05 PM PDTLA Dodgers at PittsburghPreview Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
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Lots of FREE BASEBALL was played Tuesday night as three games went into extra innings, including the New York Yankees debut of Chase Headley, acquired in a trade earlier in the day from the San Diego Padres.
Neither team scored for 12 innings, but the Yankees finally beat the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the 14th when Headley singled in the winning run for a 2-1 victory at Yankee Stadium. Headley had arrived in the home dugout to shake hands with new teammates in the top of the second inning after his flight landed at LaGuardia Airport about a half-hour before the first pitch.
- Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
This is the third of eight entries in a Yahoo Sports series on the toughest jobs in sports. Click here to check out previous stories and a schedule for what's to come.
They were all warned pitching a mile above sea level would be tough on their arms and egos, but none of the Colorado Rockies pitchers was ready for the punishing reality that awaited during the franchise's debut season.
Their No. 1 starter spent most of the 1993 season on the disabled list with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. A 12-year veteran hit the waiver wire in early June with an ERA nearly triple his career average. And promising young closer Darren Holmes accepted a demotion to Triple A after completing the first month of the season with an ERA of nearly 18 and nagging doubts that his off-speed pitches would ever have the same bite at altitude as they did at sea level.LiveWashington1 - 3ColoradoFollow Game
- David Brown at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
It might take a Seven Nation Army to make rock 'n' roll artist Jack White smile at a Chicago Cubs game. White put on his best Marla Hooch face Tuesday night while attending the Cubs 6-0 victory against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field.
White has been in town to play at the Chicago Theatre and elsewhere, but with the night off he made sure to hit Wrigley while wearing an awesome-if-ratty old Cubs jersey from, it had to be, 1984. White is from Detroit and lives in Nashville, so he's presumably partial to the Detroit Tigers and Class AAA Nashville Sounds, but he knows a good thing when he sees one.
So does @nick_pants of Twitter, who captured the best stills of White enjoying (?) Anthony Rizzo hitting two homers for the home team!
It's almost as if White knows we're watching him, so he makes these Johnny Depp faces.
- David Brown at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
If he wanted, Leonys Martin could take his leaping and juggling talents to Cirque du Soleil after he's done playing the outfield for the Texas Rangers. Martin's personal game of hot potato stole a hit from unlucky slugger Brian McCann of the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, and helped to keep the game locked in a scoreless tie that extended into extra innings.
Martin leaped at the fence and double clutched with his glove — appearing to lose possession — but hung on to the ball in the end to retire McCann on his drive to right field leading off the bottom of the second inning against right-hander Nick Martinez.
McCann came in batting .242 with 10 homers after being signed via free agency to provide big power. Martin's play took two or three bases off McCann's slugging percentage. Neither team could push across a run through the first 12 innings, so Martin's play also shaped the game's outcome.
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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Editor's note: The Stew's Trade Talk Tracker will be following the juiciest rumors in MLB until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. We'll give you the day's most important links about who may (or may not) be changing teams in the 10 days. PIRATES WANT A.J. BACK: One of the trades that makes the most sense is picking up a lot of traction: A.J. Burnett back to the Pirates. Even players want him back. [@Ken_Rosenthal]
BACK TO TORONTO? The Blue Jays are looking at bringing back Alex Rios. [CBS Sports]
COLON PUSH: The Mets are "trying hard to move" Bartolo Colon. [@DannyKnobler]
MEANWHILE: The Giants may or may not be interested in Bartolo. [Bay Area Sports Guy]