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- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew35 mins ago
During the Colorado Rockies' game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, a replay challenge in the second inning grinded the action to a halt for nearly five minutes. The Rockies thought Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison had violated the new slide rule (which he hadn't). While umpires tried to sort things out, an article came to mind that ESPN's Jayson Stark had recently written about replay challenges during the 2016 season.
In the story, Stark reported that replay challenges are up 35 percent from this time a year ago, with a big jump in reviews of force-outs and tag plays. As he often does, Stark jumped on Twitter to discuss this with interested fans, and that produced a very interesting idea.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew51 mins ago
In some corners of the Internet, people like to dig up old tweets from public figures at inopportune times for a few seconds of social-media attention. Jared Goff, the Cal quarterback who was chosen No. 1 overall during the first round of the NFL draft Thursday, was caught up in this right after he shook hands with Roger Goodell.Fri, Apr 2910:10 PM EDTSan Diego at LA DodgersPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The next month — heck, the next 10 games — should tell us whether the Washington Nationals are a true contender this season in the National League or if they are a club entirely too reliant on reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper. The Nationals are 14-7 and in first place in the NL East as they begin what looks like a brutal 10-game road trip with stops in St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. The Cardinals are always tough, the Royals are the defending champs and the Cubs are the preseason favorite to win the World Series and have done nothing to change that perception in the opening month. But who are the Nationals? It seems clear from a look at the numbers so far, they aren’t who they appear to be. Their 55 runs allowed are the fewest in baseball. Their 82 runs scored are far short of the elite contender some believed them to be.Fri, Apr 298:15 PM EDTWashington at St. LouisPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 hr ago
There's always the potential for fireworks when the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees face off, and there's no reason for that to change this year.
The Yankees head north to Fenway Park on Friday for the first regular season series between the two rivals. You can watch the game for free, first pitch at 7:10 p.m. ET, right here on Yahoo Sports as our MLB Free Game of the Day. You can stream the game at Yahoo's Sports Home, MLB index and video home. Saturday's game between the two teams is our Free Game of the Day too, so remember that.
It's one of the oldest and most revered rivalries in sports, but even then it's still important to keep things fresh and exciting. Here are five new storylines specific to 2016 for the Red Sox and Yankees to follow this season.Fri, Apr 297:10 PM EDTNY Yankees at BostonPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
In the wake of Dee Gordon's suspension, the debate about punishments for PED violations continues to rage. Ken Rosenthal discussed that very issue with players in a piece he wrote a few weeks ago, and again in a piece he wrote earlier today.
Players want more punitive punishments, because they think the current level (80 games for the first violation) isn't a deterrent anymore. Rosenthal quoted Justin Verlander saying this:
"How do you clean it up? Maybe more severe punishments," Verlander said.
"If there is proven intent to cheat — i.e. you tested positive or it's found that you were taking an illegal substance, PEDs, and trying to cheat the system, trying to go around it — I think it should be a ban from baseball.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games early Friday morning for testing positive for PEDs, and he's released a statement about the incident.
[ From Jeff Passan: Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs ]Fri, Apr 298:10 PM EDTMiami at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
It was new vs. old, then vs. now, one of MLB's finest Japanese imports against the MLB's hot new star from Japan.
Yet for Kenta Maeda, the Los Angeles Dodgers' rookie pitcher, facing Ichiro was something more. It was going up against his childhood idol, against a man who is legit baseball royalty in their homeland. And in the end, their first meeting couldn't have gone much better for Maeda.
[ From Jeff Passan: Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs ]
It happened in the second inning of Thursday night's Dodgers-Marlins game. Ichiro fouled off Maeda's first offering, a four-seamer at 90 mph. Then Maeda painted the outside corner with two sliders, the first a called strike and the second a called strike that sent Ichiro back to the dugout.
In fairness, this is far from peak Ichiro. He's 42 now and not an every day player for the Miami Marlins.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
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.
Dee Gordon played what appears to be his last game for a while, as the Miami Marlins beat the Los Angeles Dodgers by the count of 5-3 on Thursday night. If nothing else, he made it memorable.
Gordon, ifyou missed the shocking news, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball shortly after Thursday night's game because he tested positive for two performance-enhancing drugs. Before that went down, though, he was key in the Marlins' comeback to beat the Dodgers and starting pitcher Kenta Maeda.
[From Jeff Passan: Miami's Dee Gordon suspended 80 games for PEDs]
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had a legitimate complaint Thursday with the schedule put together by Major League Baseball. The Cardinals were on the road at Arizona for the finale of a four-game series and the last game in a seven-game road trip, but the game didn’t start until 8:40 p.m. in the Central Time Zone back home in St. Louis.
The Cardinals lost 3-0 and by the time they boarded the team bus to head for the airport, it was nearly midnight St. Louis time and the team was assured of flying through the night and arriving home in the early morning hours with a 7:15 p.m. start time Friday night against the Washington Nationals.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
There's a section of baseball fans out there who just flat out don't like A.J. Pierzynski. The current Atlanta Braves catcher has played for seven teams over 19 years. That's plenty of time to anger various fan bases.
So if you're among the people who want to see Pierzynski be miserable on the baseball field, we've got just the highlight for you. To be clear here: We don't hold any ill will toward Pierzynski. He's entertained us plenty of times. But we know the guy's rep among some fans and we think you might enjoy what's happening here.
Besides that, some people just like bloopers. So here you go. It's a trifecta of failure: First the passed ball, then falling when he tried to pick up the ball, then throwing it directly into the ground. Oof.LiveAtlanta1 - 1Chi CubsFollow Game