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Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.
The Texas Rangers rotation got a big boost on Saturday with the return of All-Star Yu Darvish.
Making his first start since Aug. 9, 2014, Darvish looked like he never missed a beat, let alone nearly 22 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In five innings of work, Darvish limited an impressive Pittsburgh Pirates offense to one run on three hits while striking out seven. That was good enough to earn the victory as the Rangers ultimately triumphed 5-2.Sun, May 293:05 PM EDTPittsburgh at TexasPreview Game
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If Noah Syndergaard thought he was going to rattle Chase Utley on Saturday, he and the New York Mets had another thing coming.
Two things, in fact. As in a solo home run and a grand slam that helped fuel a Dodgers 9-1 victory.Sun, May 298:00 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
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New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard was ejected in the third inning of Saturday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers for throwing a pitch that sailed behind Chase Utley.
The 99-mph fastball was assumed to be retaliation for Utley's take-out slide on Ruben Tejada during last season's NLDS, the result of which broke Tejada's leg. Home plate umpire Adam Harami wasted no time signaling that Syndergaard's night was over. He also ejected Mets' manager Terry Collins, who vehemently argued his decision.
Syndergaard's complete intentions were unclear, but it is safe to assume he at least wanted to send a message. The league will now have to decide if he meant to hit Utley with that message, or if he simply wanted to make Utley uncomfortable.
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Take about a roller coaster of emotions. The Kansas City Royals have run the gamut this week between their comeback victories and vicious collisions. In fact, they ran the gamut in the ninth inning alone on Saturday, first losing catcher Salvador Perez to a quad injury, and then rallying to score seven runs in the final frame to knock off the Chicago White Sox, 8-7.
The wild victory was Kansas City's second consecutive comeback win against Chicago, and it temporarily moved them into a first place tie in the AL Central. The Cleveland Indians still have a chance to leapfrog both with their own win on Saturday.Sun, May 292:15 PM EDTChi White Sox at Kansas CityPreview Game
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As wonderful as baseball can be, sometimes the action on the field can be overshadowed by those who make up its audience.
That was the case on Friday in Cleveland, as a group of fans seated near the right-field foul pole stole the show with an epic creation.
Behold, the beer-can pyramid, which many are also dubbing the beeramid.
According to the folks at SB Nation, the pyramid included 112 cans and stood over four feet tall at its peak.
Welp. We had to take it down. 😭 pic.twitter.com/yHXHIN21ALFri, May 27Cleveland113 - 87TorontoGame Recap
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A typical baseball season produces thousands upon thousands of double plays. Still, we doubt we'll see another double play quite as strange as the one turned by the Oakland A's on Friday night.
Or perhaps we should say, we doubt we'll see another double play this season quite as strange as the one the Detroit Tigers served up to Oakland on a silver platter.
If you're scoring at home, the official ruling was "3-2-batter's interference," which in this case meant Victor Martinez interfered with Yonder Alonso's throw to the plate. Martinez did so unknowingly, as he was simply wandering back to Detroit's dugout after popping out to Alonso in foul territory, but according to MLB's interference and obstruction rules it was still a violation.Sun, May 294:05 PM EDTDetroit at OaklandPreview Game
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is nearly two full months into his first season with his new team and still trying to live up to the six-year, $206.5 million deal he signed in the offseason. Greinke got off to a disastrous start to the season in April but so far in May has looked much more like the pitcher who finished second in the National League Cy Young voting a year ago and has routinely been among the best pitchers in baseball since 2009. He’s still looking for his first outing of the year without giving up a run after doing so 11 times in 2015. So there is plenty of room for improvement.Sun, May 294:10 PM EDTSan Diego at ArizonaPreview Game
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, the New York Mets are not happy about the lengths the Los Angeles Dodgers were willing to go to gain a defensive advantage before Friday's game.
In a report filed Saturday afternoon, Rosenthal says the Mets immediately contacted Major League Baseball officials after learning that the Dodgers intended to mark prearranged defensive positions in the outfield grass at Citi Field.
This practice would be an extension of the Dodgers known use of a laser rangefinder to determine the best ways to position their fielders. In this case, the Mets were having none of it and essentially told the Dodgers to shut down the operation.
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You have to give Alex Rodriguez credit. Every time we think the end is getting near, he comes back to prove there's still some fuel left in his tank.
That's exactly what he's attempting to prove again after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and so far anyway the results are encouraging.
In fact, on Wednesday we noted that Rodriguez was feeling especially good during his final rehab game. On that night, he launched a mammoth home run while playing for Double-A Trenton and punctuated it with a grand bat flip.
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We live in a world that's driven by information and curiosity, which in some instances is refreshing and in others can be a little scary. That's because sometimes the thrist for both can lead us down a path filled with assumptions and misguided conclusions.
That was the case on Friday night when a video surfaced that clearly showed Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Howie Kendrick reaching into his back pocket during Friday's 6-5 loss to the Mets for a handheld item. Kendrick is then seen studying the unknown object before quickly putting it away and readjusting his position.
Howie Kendrick casually checking his phone in the outfield pic.twitter.com/fK45d06LHj