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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew39 mins ago
The Chicago Cubs/Pittsburgh Pirates experienced a brief delay Monday after a fan was hit in the head by a foul ball.
The fan was moving through the first row when a foul ball off the bat of Starlin Castro went straight back to the protective netting and hit her in the head. The ball did not travel through the netting, but the force pushed it back far enough that the ball made contact with the woman's head.
Video of the incident is below. If you would prefer not to watch it, please skip ahead.
Fan at the Cubs/Pirates game too close to the net behind home plate and takes one to the head pic.twitter.com/FQpL2pApeV
The game was immediately delayed so that the woman could be treated for her injuries. Medics brought a stretcher for the woman, and carried her off.
While the situation was scary, the woman appeared to be conscious as she was removed from the field.
Woman hit in head with Castro's foul ball taken from field. Appears to be conscious. Friend next to her gives thumbs up to crowd.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
There's nothing better than having a hot dog at a ball game. So, when a team offers hot dogs for just $1, it shouldn't come as a surprise that fans are willing to jump at the opportunity.
Kansas City Royals fans are having some second thoughts about cheap hot dogs after their most recent Buck Night. The quality of $1 hot dogs being served were not up to standard, according to KCTV5.
The above photo shows a normal, full-price hot dog at Kauffman Stadium, and one of the $1 dogs served on Buck Night. One fan, Neal Ross, attempted to return his subpar dog, but was told he could not.
"They kind of told us, 'well they're a dollar, so you get what you get,'" Ross said.
This was far from the only picture KCTV5 received from disgruntled fans.LiveMinnesota1 - 1Kansas CityFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Giants prospect Adam Duvall does not care about your attempts to limit his offensive production. Duvall played against the Los Angeles Angels Triple-A affiliates, Salt Lake City Bees, on Sunday.
Due to the ridiculous offensive numbers posted in their park, the Bees installed a humidor during the offseason in order to limit production. Duvall appeared to take issue with that strategy.
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It's tough to get an accurate sense of where the ball landed based on the video, but the announcer says it hit a concession stand in left. That concession stand is over 474 feet away from home plate, so that gives you an idea of how well this ball was hit.
The moonshot wasn't enough for Duvall. On top of the home run, he ripped two doubles, a triple and an infield single. That's right, Duvall hit for his first-ever cycle.Mon, Apr 2010:05 PM EDTOakland at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
This is how bad things are going for the worst-in-MLB Milwaukee Brewers right now: Their starting second baseman, Scooter Gennett, is likely to miss a couple of games after a shower injury.
Yes, a shower injury. After Sunday's road game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which was Milwaukee's fifth straight loss, Gennett was attacked by a shower at PNC Park. His hand was sliced, he needed stitches and he's likely to miss two games. Gennett is not in the lineup Monday, but expects he'll be ready to play Wednesday.LiveCincinnati6 - 0MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Anyone who has watched Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons play defense has likely uttered the phase "how did he do that?" With Statcast, now we'll know.
Remember those fancy graphics you saw during the All Star Game, and the playoffs, last year? That's Statcast. The technology is set to make its 2015 debut during an MLB Network Showcase game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.
MLB.com describes Statcast as "an innovative player-tracking technology that produces revolutionary data." In order to get a better sense of what that means, check out this video:
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There's a lot to break down here. While we aren't 100 percent certain how MLB Network will roll out the new technology, we have some ideas of what we'll see Tuesday. If Bryce Harper smashes a home run, we'll have instant access to the velocity of the ball off the bat. If Lance Lynn picks up a strikeout, we'll have access to his spin rate, release point data and movement.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
While many people still like to moan and groan that baseball is dying, the numbers continue to tell the opposite story. And the latest data from MLB tell us that the start of the 2015 season further punctuates that.
In fact, the start of the new season was so popular it broke attendance records, according to these nuggets announced by the league Monday:
• Combined attendance from the first two weekends of the season was 3,093,382, the highest figure in history. And this isn't one of those gets-better-every-year numbers. The previous record was 2,978,303, set in 2005. So it's a 10-year high in addition to being a record.
• Both weekends have drawn 1.5 million fans, the first time in history the first two weekends of the season have brought out that many people.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
The Atlanta Braves' bullpen took another hit Monday, though this time it's not due to injury or trade. Left-hander Andrew McKirahan was suspended 80 games after testing positive for PEDs. The news comes via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and was confirmed by the Braves.
McKirahan, 25, was picked up by Atlanta off waivers from Miami near the end of spring training. He's the third major leaguer to receive a PED suspension so far this season. Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana and Mets closer Jenrry Mejia are the other two. Braves minor league arm Arodys Vizcaino is also serving an 80-game ban for a positive test. Santana, Mejia, and Vizcaino were all said to have used the steroid Stanozolol .Tue, Apr 217:10 PM EDTAtlanta at NY MetsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Move over, Kris Bryant. There's another big-time prospect coming to Chicago.
Rodon was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft following a stellar college career at N.C. State. He pitched well in spring training, putting up a 3.06 ERA with five walks and 21 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings , but was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte to start the season. In two Triple-A starts, the big lefty went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA.LiveCleveland2 - 0Chi White SoxFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Take a look around the league with Big League Stew's daily wrap up. We'll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats.
For the first time in a long time, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright came into the season with some legitimate question marks. After an iffy second half in 2014, which led to offseason elbow surgery, there was plenty of speculation about whether Wainwright would still be an elite option.
If the start of his season is any indication, that's not going to be an issue. Wainwright continued to dominate Sunday, tossing eight strong innings in a 2-1 win against the Cincinnati Reds. Wainwright allowed one run on seven hits during the outing. He walked two and notched four strikeouts. On the season, the 33-year-old has a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings.
Wainwright gave up his only run in the third inning. After getting two quick outs, Wainwright was tagged by the middle of the Reds' order. Joey Votto singled, and Todd Frazier walked, putting Votto in scoring position. He was brought home by a Brandon Phillips single.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The 2015 season is just two weeks old, but one manager has already found himself on the hot seat. Miami Marlins skipper Mike Redmond's job could be in jeopardy, according to the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer.
Miami had an awful weekend, dropping four straight games against the New York Mets. With the sweep, the Marlins dropped to 3-10. That's the second-worst record in the National League.
According to Spencer's sources, the club has already discussed possible replacements for Redmond. One name that has been mentioned is Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman. Backman has been in managerial positions since 2002, and has been in his current role with New York since 2013.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria isn't known as the most patient person when it comes to managers. As Spencer notes, the team has dumped Jeff Torberg and Fredi Gonzalez after slow starts in past seasons, and let go of Joe Girardi and Ozzie Guillen after just one season. The club is still paying Guillen.Tue, Apr 217:05 PM EDTMiami at PhiladelphiaPreview Game