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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
No one would be surprised to see a baseball player dig into his pocket while on base and pull out a few sunflower seeds. They are, after all, a ballplayer's favorite snack. But the snack Buddy Reed of the University of Florida pulled out of his pocket Wednesday night might have caused a double take.
Reed was standing on third base during Florida's SEC Tournament game against LSU, when he dug out a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Never seen that one before.
Perhaps it was a wise strategy by Reed. His team's game against LSU last until 1:48 a.m. local time in Alabama, then they were back at it playing their next game Thursday at 12:55 p.m. local time.
Hope Buddy brought enough Sour Patch Kids to share with the team. They might all need a pick-me-up.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
MLB launched its own investigation into the controversy after it hit the mainstream news cycle earlier this week. On Saturday, members of chorus were ready to sing the national anthem at Petco Park when a recorded version of the song played with a woman's voice. The chorus left the field embarrassed and said later they were being taunted with homophobic slurs by fans.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
We know Wade Boggs isn't necessarily the type of guy to do things for the sake of keeping up appearances. The guy who supposedly drinks 107 beers in one day doesn't care too much about what people think, ya know?
So there was Boggs on Wednesday, reassembled with members of the 1986 Boston Red Sox team at Fenway Park. The Red Sox were celebrating the 30-year anniversary of the '86 squad that won the AL pennant but famously lost to the New York Mets in the World Series. Boggs was there, as were Roger Clemens, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans and many others. Even Bill Buckner.
It was all fun and nostalgia, but then the Internet noticed something peculiar. Boggs was wearing the World Series ring he won with the rival New York Yankees.Thu, May 267:10 PM EDTColorado at BostonPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took a break from not playing baseball to give an interview with CNBC's Squak Box on Wednesday, and he had a lot to say about the game of baseball.
Not surprisingly, Jeter loves baseball. And because he loves it, he wants to help it grow, and owning a baseball team is how he believes he can do that. Sadly, he immediately crossed the Yankees off that list, because even he doesn't have that kind of money.
You can watch an excerpt of the interview here, which covers a very interesting comment that Jeter made about why he thinks that baseball isn't as popular as basketball and football.
"I think kids, nowadays they look at players playing in college and the next year they're in the NFL or the NBA. Baseball, you sort of get lost, because you have to play in the minor leagues for a little bit. Kids in this generation are into instant gratification."
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Baseball's No. 2 prospect, pitcher Julio Urias, is getting the call so many prospects hope for. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Thursday that they're purchasing his contract on Friday in advance of his major league debut.
The Dodgers are expected to purchase on Friday the contract of LHP Julio Urias, who is scheduled to make his MLB debut Friday in New York.
Urias is taking the place of Alex Wood, who is on rest due to soreness in his triceps.
Urias' stats with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers are stellar. He's made seven starts and one relief appearance, and allowed five earned runs total. That's good for a 1.10 ERA. He's struck out 44 batters in 41 innings while walking just eight and allowing two home runs. Oh, and he's also in the middle of a 27-inning scoreless streak.
Urias, who is 19, was signed by the Dodgers in 2012 when he was just 16. Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider says that Urias is the youngest pitcher to make his major league debut since 19-year-old Felix Hernandez in 2005.Fri, May 277:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
For some fans, baseball without Ichiro Suzuki just doesn’t make sense. He’s played for three teams in his 17-year MLB career, and most of those years were spent with the Seattle Mariners, with a two-and-a-half-year sojourn playing for the New York Yankees before he came to his current team, the Miami Marlins. No matter what team he plays for, knowing Ichiro is playing baseball, what he was clearly born to do, is comforting.
You can watch Ichiro and the Marlins take on the Tampa Bay Rays today in Yahoo Sports' Free Game of the Day. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. ET, and you can stream it on Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home. Local blackouts apply, according to MLB rules.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
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 New York Mets are facing a conundrum of epic proportions thanks to the struggles of Matt Harvey. For now, the Mets say he's staying in the rotation, but there has been no shortage of debate concerning what the Mets are doing or should do to get Harvey back on track.
Fortunately for the Mets, a situation that's become a five-alarm fire in the media is producing more smoke than actual fire in terms of their starting rotation. That's because they not only have Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom serving as legit aces every five days, but also because Steven Matz has essentially stepped right into the position everyone expected Harvey to occupy.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes. After missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, Alex Rodriguez is poised to rejoin the New York Yankees on Thursday after completing a successful rehab stint with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.
Rodriguez, 40, went 3-for-6 during his brief two-game stop, including launching a monster home run over the 407 sign in center field at Arm & Hammer Park on Wednesday night. Rodriguez punctuated that home run against New Hampshire Fisher Cats hurler Casey Lawrence with a pretty exuberant bat flip, which many saw as his final proclamation that he's ready to return.
"Whether you're playing in high school or playing in the Major Leagues, a home run feels good," Rodriguez told the assembled media. "The ball came off of the bat nicely; you have to walk before you run. That was a good start today."LiveToronto2 - 1NY YankeesFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
For the first time in professional baseball history, a female will manage a men's team.
It will happen this Sunday, May 29, when the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League officially welcome softball legend Jennie Finch as their guest manager for one game when they take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
According to a press release from March, Finch will also be involved in pregame activities, such as throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and participating in a pre-game meet-and-greet with fans. The attraction though is having a chance to witness history, as Finch will be in charge of managing the Bluefish from the dugout for the entire game.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Cleveland Indians slugger Mike Napoli is not the fastest guy around, nor is he the most graceful. But he can sure hit the baseball.
He proved that to Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale on Tuesday when he split the outfielders for a two-run triple. The triple was Napoli's first since April 15 of last season, and it couldn't have come at a better time as it helped Cleveland knock Sale from the ranks of the undefeated with a 6-2 victory.
Unfortunately for Napoli, the triple also highlighted those two previously mentioned facts: He's not fast, and he's not graceful. That led to one of the most awkward and embarrassing slides we've seen in a long time as he arrived to third base only somewhat safely.
Better: Mike Napoli's triple or his slide? pic.twitter.com/4YmRtMdrZ8Thu, May 268:15 PM EDTChi White Sox at Kansas CityPreview Game