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Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look 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.
It's never ever ever good for a baseball team to give up more than 10 runs in a single inning twice in seven days. But that has now happened to the San Francisco Giants, who were pounded by the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night by the score of 17-7.
Take away the fifth inning and we might be talking about something different. But oh, that fifth inning. The Rockies scored 13 runs in the fifth. It was a trainwreck for Giants pitching as starter Matt Cain was knocked out of the game after giving up eight runs on 10 hits, then reliever Vin Mazarro gave up nine runs on six hits.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
The Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals combined to make history Thursday night in Chicago when they played a pair of baseball games in the Windy City.
[Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now] According to STATS, it was the first time in history four first-place teams played in the same city on the same day, which is a quite a coup for baseball fans in Chicago.
According to STATS, tonight is the first time in @MLB history that four first place teams have all played in the same city on the same day.
The Cubs and Nationals met in Wrigley Field in the opener of a four-game series between the teams with the best records in baseball. The Cubs went into Thursday’s action with the best record at 20-6 and Washington was right behind at 19-8. Meanwhile, the White Sox held the best record in the American League and were leading the AL Central by four games at the start of play. The Red Sox were a half-game ahead of Baltimore in the AL East.Fri, May 62:20 PM EDTWashington at Chi CubsPreview Game
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Miguel Cabrera has an interesting relationship with Cleveland Indians fans. You might remember last year when Miggy gave his bat, batting gloves and a ball to a young Cleveland fan who had been trash-talking him earlier in the game. Nice guy, right?
Well, he embraced another Indians fan Thursday night in a very different way. In the bottom of the fourth, Cabrera gave chase to a foul ball off Juan Uribe's bat. When he got to the seats, Miggy saw it was out of reach. So as he hit the brakes, he decided to hug the closest Indians fan.
Pay close attention to the moment the fan realizes a very large man is hugging him and his reaction. He goes from "WTF?" to "OMG!" real quick. It's pretty great.Fri, May 67:10 PM EDTKansas City at ClevelandPreview Game
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Adam Jones is many things — an All-Star outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, a Silver Slugger, a husband and father, plus a fun follow on social media. But there's another thing he loved to talk about on the latest installment of the StewPod, the Yahoo Sports baseball podcast. That's food.
He's quite the foodie. Whether he's tweeting his #StayHungry hashtag or looking for the best places to eat on the road, Jones knows what's up with food. Remember when he got a birthday cakethat looked like a Popeye's box?Fri, May 67:05 PM EDTOakland at BaltimorePreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball and they’re also one of the most interesting on a day-to-day basis because you never know what manager Joe Maddon might try next. So it should be no surprise that on Cinco de Mayo, Maddon and the Cubs welcomed a mariachi band into the clubhouse before the start of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals, another one of the best teams in the National League. Numerous Cubs players shared the experience on social media.
Cinco De Mayo para los Cachorros. pic.twitter.com/uS8BLT9f98
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Professional sports opinion-haver Colin Cowherd has brought us a doozy: He said Bryce Harper is baseball's version of Donald Trump. Well, ummm ... maybe? They do both have fascinating hair.
Cowherd, who not long ago jumped from ESPN to Fox Sports, has a certain way of cherry-picking facts and bowling over straw men to make his arguments. He also just straight-up puts his foot in his mouth sometimes, like when he said
Nothing that controversial this time around. But Trump and Harper is an interesting connection to make. Harper helped by hijacking Trump's "Make America Great Again" catchphrase for a "Make Baseball Fun Again" cap. That was, as the cap says, for fun.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
Third basemen Kris Bryant and Mike Moustakas already were likable guys and extremely popular among the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals fan bases. A video of a competition they were a part of back in spring training shows them to be even more down-to-earth and fun than you might expect.
Bryant and Moustakas teamed up to battle the guys from the popular YouTube show Dude Perfectin a series of games such as wiffle ball, dodgeball and egg toss with some hilarious moments.
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There are many fascinating things in baseball's revived battle against performance-enhancing drugs, but like most things in life, it's the money that's most fascinating.
Dee Gordon is the new poster boy of PEDs in baseball — for now at least, until the next star comes along. Gordon’s 80-game suspension shocked the game for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the $50 million contract he signed with the Miami Marlins just a few months ago. Now we're only a month into the season! He's like a dude who gets caught cheating on his honeymoon.Fri, May 67:10 PM EDTPhiladelphia at MiamiPreview Game
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Recently-fired ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling is currently in the middle of a job search. While it seems like he's found a temporary solution that keeps him in the sports realm, what if he wanted to get into politics? Given his propensity to share strong political memes on Facebook, maybe a White House run with Donald Trump is in the works?
It seems insane, but it's actually a thing you can wager on. The oddsmakers over at sportsbettingdime.com have released their updated MLB props, and they at least think there's a chance Trump chooses Curt Schilling as his Vice President. It's not a good chance, 12,000/1 to be exact, but, hey, it's better than nothing.
What's the likelihood it actually happens? Let's take a look:
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley gave up zero hits last time he took the mound. No, he didn't throw a no-hitter, he merely did not give up a hit before he was pulled from the game after 7 2/3 innings.
That practice has become the new normal in Major League Baseball. No-hitters are tremendous accomplishments, but teams would rather use caution with young pitchers instead of allowing them to throw a million pitches, even when history is on the line.