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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Your browser does not support iframes. The topic of expansion is one that baseball fans are always interested to hear MLB commissioner Rob Manfred weigh in on. During an appearance in the Chicago White Sox television booth on Thursday, he did just that, even providing details on where he'd like to see the game expand and what needs to happen before it can be seriously considered.
Of note, Manfred cited Montreal and Mexico City as his personal favorite potential expansion targets. That doesn't necessarily mean baseball is headed to those markets anytime soon, of course, but it does indicate Manfred will fight hardest for those cities unless stronger options emerge. Given his position and his power, his opinions obviously hold some significance.LiveMinnesota1 - 2Chi White SoxFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Where does Yasiel Puig spend the afternoon before a night game in Toronto? Hanging 1,168 feet in the air, of course.
Puig played tourist Friday before the start of the Los Angeles' Dodgers series with the Toronto Blue Jays, doing the EdgeWalk at Toronto's mega CN Tower. If you've got a keen eye, you'll notice it's the same building on which Toronto-bred rapper Drake sits on the cover of his new "Views" album.
You've heard Drake talk about his "Views from the 6." Consider this "Views from the 66" (as in Puig's number):LiveLA Dodgers0 - 2TorontoFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
As global concerns escalateabout the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, Major League Baseball and its players' union announced Friday that it would be taking no chances. Their upcoming series in Puerto Rico, set to feature the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins on May 30 and 31, has officially been postponed.
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan has been thoroughly covering this story and reported on Tuesday that officials were close to calling off the series. On Friday afternoon, that became official, as MLB moved the games to Miami. Per a joint announcement from MLB and the the Players Association:
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
There aren’t many feats Jose Altuve could accomplish on the baseball diamond that would top what he did Thursday when it comes to producing in the clutch. Houston’s young superstar met with a boy named Dillon before the game. Dillon is battling cancer in a fight for his life and he told Altuve he hoped he broke his bat during one of his at-bats so that Altuve would give him the bat. Altuve didn’t bother waiting to break a bat. He asked someone to retrieve a bat from the clubhouse and gave it to Dillon before the game started. Dillon was so happy he took it a step further and told Altuve he was going to hit a home run.LiveSeattle0 - 3HoustonFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
May 6, 2016 is the day the Los Angeles Angels playoff hopes died. The team currently sits at 13-15, and just lost their ace Garrett Richards to Tommy John surgery. Their rotation, which was already a major concern coming into the year, is now significantly worse. Their offense, aside from maybe three spots, is unsettled. Crazier things have happened, sure, but it just doesn't look like it's going to be the Angels' year.Fri, May 610:05 PM EDTTampa Bay at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
A month into the regular season, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox find themselves in very different places.
The Yankees are scuffling, their 9-17 record indicative of their struggles on the mound and at the plate, and are already seven games back of leader in the American League East. That team on top of the division is Boston, riding an 8-2 stretch over their last 10 games to a 17-11 record on the strength of their loaded lineup.
Given the current state of the two teams, it should come as no surprise then that the Red Sox swept their rivals last weekend at Fenway Park in their first head-to-head series of the season, making a rough start for New York even worse.LiveBoston2 - 2NY YankeesFollow Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
Willie Mays turned 85 on Friday and the City of San Francisco found an amazing way to pay tribute to a true American legend. Though baseball fans around the world hold Mays in high esteem, he is associated with San Francisco as much as any sports star or famous face ever has been connected to any other place. So it’s appropriate, genius even, that the city has named one of its famous cable cars after Mays. It even got the car number right, selecting No. 24, which was also Mays’ jersey number.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
If the Angels are going to compete for a playoff spot this season, they're going to have to do so without right-hander Garrett Richards. Yahoo's Jeff Passan first reported that Richards would need Tommy John surgery after a medical examination Thursday revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Richards' right elbow.
Richards has emerged as the ace of the Angels' staff over the last three seasons, barely missing a beat after recovering from a gruesome knee injury he suffered toward the end of the 2014 season, and appeared poised to continue his rise with a 2.34 ERA through his first six starts of 2016.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Aroldis Chapman has yet to play a regular season game for the New York Yankees as he serves a 30-game suspension due to his role in a domestic incident in the offseason, but he already has his eye on joining another team.
Chapman, a native of Cuba, recently became a U.S. citizen and is expressing an interest in representing Team USA at the 2 017 World Baseball Classic.
Changes are coming in Cuba, as evidence by president Barack Obama's recent visit, but there are still pillars from the communist regime that remains in power that aren't ready to fall yet.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 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.
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.Fri, May 610:15 PM EDTColorado at San FranciscoPreview Game