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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Being a part of a winning baseball team can sometimes lead to some odd rituals. Joe Maddon has constantly resorted to weird gimmicks to keep his team loose, the Astros have employed a fog machine in the clubhouse and Chris Sale occasionally tries to sneak a word of the day into his interviews.
The Royals are the latest team to adopt one of these routines. Players on the team are trying to work "1738" into all of their interviews.
KC players are fining each other if they don't use "1738" in postgame interviews. I have no idea what it means. Success has driven them mad.
Players are fining each other for not working in the phrase, so you know this has become serious business.
So, why "1738?" Allow us to try and explain.
The number has to do with the song "Trap Queen" by Fetty Wap.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The Detroit Tigers eked out a tough win Wednesday, topping the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 after Rays' starter Chris Archer carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. The Tigers rallied in the seventh. Justin Verlander pitched his game of the season. It was pretty good from a Tigers perspective.
Still, none of this was enough to prevent the inevitable conclusion for these 2015 Tigers. They're sellers at the trade deadline. People within baseball have been saying so for a week now, as the team drifted into fourth place in the AL Central. The Detroit front office kept saying it would see how things played out, not willing to admit its fate. But after Wednesday's win, GM Dave Dombrowski did just that.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run to clinch the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. It's one of the more iconic homers in baseball history. It's the highest of highs for an MLB slugger. Yet, only today, 17 years after retirement, did Carter announce that he "officially made it." And he has Drake to thank.
Drake, the Toronto-reppin' hip-hop softy, came out swinging in the wee hours Wednesday morning unleashing a not-at-all soft diss tracknamed "Back to Back" aimed at rival rapper Meek Mill. It was a Mike Tyson-style KO and for his cover art, Drake picked the image of Carter rounding the bases after his famous game-winner.Wed, Jul 297:07 PM EDTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Washington Nationals made a big move Tuesday, dealing for Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. While you would think most players on the team would be happy about picking up a premium closer, there was at least one Nationals who had mixed feelings on the move.
Current closer Drew Storen gave somewhat of a strange quote when asked about the move. Storen told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he was aware of the trade, but didn't go into much detail on his thoughts.
"All I'm going to say is, I'm aware of the move and I've talked to Mike about it. I've talked to my agent about it," Storen said. "We've had some ongoing discussions. Until those have progressed, I'm just going to leave it at that. No comment for now. But as the situation goes, I'll keep you guys posted."Wed, Jul 297:10 PM EDTWashington at MiamiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
You know the old adage: When the going gets tough, the Marlins start shredding. Money, that is.
The Miami Marlins, the team that many around baseball were hoping wouldn't disappoint us again this season, confirmed Wednesday their status as disappointments.
They've reportedly traded Mat Latos and Michael Morse to the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting a still unnamed prospect in return and also sending L.A. one of its competitive balance draft picks.
Selling isn't wrong when you're the Marlins — a team that had playoff expectations, but is 42-58 at the moment and without face-of-the-franchise slugger Giancarlo Stanton. All-Star Dee Gordon just returned from a stint on the DL. Selling can be savvy this time of year. But everybody just had higher hopes for the Marlins this season.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Take another starting pitcher off the trade blocks. According to reports, the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to acquire right-hander Mat Latos from the Miami Marlins.
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Gordon Wittenmeyer broke the news on Twitter:
Source: Latos, Morse to Dodgers for prospects. At least one competitive balance pick also to Dodgers. W/ Latos off board Haren still in play
The Dodgers had been searching for a reliable pitcher to slot in behind their dynamic duo of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Latos, 27, fits the bill. He has missed time this season with knee and foot injuries but he has some upside. He is 4-7 with a 4.48 ERA in 16 starts this season, statistically his worst season. Maybe he will be buoyed by a trade to a World Series contender. He is also a free agent after this season.
- Ian Denomme at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Normally when a team scores five runs in the first inning, and chases the other team’s starter, it wins. Normally that team doesn’t lose by 16 runs. Tuesday’s game between the Rangers and Yankees was anything but normal.
The Yankees used a 10-hit, 11-run second inning to erase a 5-0 deficit and cruise to an improbable 21-5 victory over the Rangers. The Yankees didn’t hit a single home run in the inning and knocked starter Martin Perez out of the game after the first eight batters reached safely.
The second inning looked like this:
Uh, so does that still count as striking out the side?
The 11-run inning was just one of the many oddities in the game as the Yankees scored the most runs in the majors this season, and won for the eighth time in nine games. After the first inning, the Yankees chances of winning were eight percent, according to the Baseball-Reference.com win probability chart. After the second inning, it was 93 percent.Wed, Jul 298:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at TexasPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
It's trade-deadline week in MLB, with rumors and news popping up at any moment. Contenders are trying to improve themselves for a playoff run and cellar-dwellers are trying to spin off spare parts to rebuild. It will be a lot of fun to watch what happens before the non-waiver trade deadline at 4 p.m. ET Friday.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
MLB trade deadline week keep rolling on. Clubs can complete non-waiver trades until 4 p.m. ET Friday, and as the seconds tick toward that deadline, there will be no shortage of news and rumors.
If you missed any of Tuesday's action, we collected the best stuff in our daily digest, including the Nationals adding Jonathan Papelbon and whether David Price will be on the move in the next few days.
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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
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The Oakland Athletics may be selling off parts, but pitcher Sonny Gray is here to stay. The right-hander was excellent during a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
Gray was so good that the Athletics didn't need to use any other pitcher during the contest. He went the distance, giving up just three hits during a complete game shutout. Gray struck out nine and walked one during the performance.
It was Gray's fourth career shutout. Two of those have come this month.
That's Gray's second shutout this month.
Gray apparently wasn't satisfied with just dominating on the mound. He actually picked up his first major-league hit during the contest.Wed, Jul 2910:10 PM EDTOakland at LA DodgersPreview Game