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  • The curious case of Giants rookie Andrew Susac's 'first' MLB hit

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago

    Great Scott! Andrew Susac, the rookie catcher for the San Francisco Giants has altered the timeline of his rookie season, rewriting both the date of his MLB game and his first hit.

    It's going to take a full 1.21 gigawatts to explain this curious case of baseball gone "Back to the Future,"so fire up your flux capacitor and let's do this:

    The Giants resumed Monday a suspended game against the Colorado Rockies from May 22 that was delayed three months and 10 days by rain. Susac, who spells Buster Posey behind the plate these days, was still in Triple-A when the game began. 

    But when he was inserted into the lineup for Monday's continuation, Susac was *technically* making his MLB debut.

    The game goes down in the books for May 22, so even though this was Susac's 18th game with the Giants, it was *technically* his first.

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    Tue, Sep 2
    5:40 PM PDT
    San Francisco at Colorado
    Preview Game
  • Phillies pitchers give ball from combined no-hitter to ailing team president

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago

    When four pitchers combine to throw a no-hitterlike a Philadelphia Phillies foursome did Monday, it's probably easier to give the final ball to someone else than decide which pitcher gets to keep it.

    Starter Cole Hamels and relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon threw the combined no-hitter, the first in MLB since 2012 when the Seattle Mariners did it. And the four of them knew just whom the final ball should go to.

    Team president David Montgomery took a leave of absence from the Phillies on Thursday because of ongoing health issues. He had surgery in May to remove cancer from his jaw. Montgomery, 68, has been the Phils president since 1997, making him the perfect choice to get the last ball from the franchise's 12th no-hitter. 

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    Tue, Sep 2
    7:05 PM PDT
    Seattle at Oakland
    Preview Game
  • The Grand Slam: Mariners survive two Bryce Harper home runs

    David Brown at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

     

     

     

    Dustin Ackley's figurative hand — one home run and four RBIs — beat Bryce Harper's two solo home runs — and led the Seattle Mariners to a 5-3 victory against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. The Mariners avoided a three-game sweep at Safeco as a result, and also brought themselves within a half-game of the American League's second wild card spot.

    Ackley struggled mightily for two seasons after being the second overall pick in 2009 and breaking into the majors with a strong rookie campaign in 2011. He's batting .260 with a .721 on-base plus slugging in 2014, a step up over his recent past.

     

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    ''He was the best college hitter in the (2009) draft,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Ackley. ''Sometimes it just takes time.''

    The Mariners had lost three in a row. They also had been 0-11 against the Nationals since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season.

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