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- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
It's not the worst possible news for the New York Yankees, but it isn't good news, either: After getting an MRI and seeing the team doctor Thursday, right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a partial tear of the UCL in his right elbow.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Tanaka won't get surgery yet; instead, he'll rehab for six weeks and see if he can pitch. The injury could be similar to that sustained by Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, who considered rehab before deciding to undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. If Tanaka, 25, decides later on surgery, he'll miss the rest of this season and a good chunk of 2015 because of the 12-15 month rehab time expected.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox play-by-play announcer Hawk Harrelson is from another era, something that either endears him to fans or grates on peoples' nerves. It seems, on the modern baseball web, it's definitely more of the second.
It's one thing for Harrelson to thumb his nose at advanced statistics, but it's another thing entirely for him to pepper his broadcasts with racial and ethnic stereotypes. On at least three occasions this season, that's happened when Harrelson's talked about Asians.
Harrelson, 72, has had plenty of opportunity to talk about Asian pitchers this week as White Sox played the Boston Red Sox. Two of Boston's go-to relievers are Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara of Japan. And, not surprisingly, Harrelson's slipped back in time 30 years and called Tazawa "Oriental" twice.
This came amid the Red Sox-White Sox game Thursday:
Yup...Hawk Harrelson just referred to Junichi Tazawa as an "oriental".
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
The Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies have the best chances of victory in the MLB Home Run Derby, because a second player from each team has been added to the field.
Josh Donaldson and Justin Morneau were announced Thursday as the final two competitors in Monday's derby at Target Field. Donaldson joins teammate (and defending champ) Yoenis Cespedes in the annual long-ball contest, while Morneau accepted an invitation from Rockies teammate Troy Tulowitzki, who is the captain of the NL team. Morneau was the NL runner-up in the All-Star game's Final Vote competition.
Here's a look at the complete 10-man field:
AMERICAN LEAGUE • Jose Bautista (captain): 17 homers in 2014, 17.2 career AB/HR.
• Yoenis Cespedes (defending champion): 14 homers in 2014, 21.4 career AB/HR.
• Adam Jones: 16 homers in 2014, 25.0 career AB/HR.
• Brian Dozier: 16 homers in 2014, 30.2 career AB/HR.
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Information continues to drip out of the Biogenesis scandal and, Thursday afternoon, Gaby Sanchez of the Pittsburgh Pirates was answering questions about a reported link to Tony Bosch and performance-enhancing drugs.
A book except published in the Miami New Times says that Bosch's records show Sanchez in 2011 met several times with Bosch, reputed to be a PED supplier to Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other major leaguers. The excerpt also says Sanchez, a teammate of Braun's in college at the University of Miami, failed a drug test there in 2004.
#pirates gaby Sanchez on PED allegation: "I've got no comment on that. I'm here to play baseball." Denies using PEDs.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
And now, the thumbs of Chicagoans get a well-deserved break.
White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo have been named to the AL and NL All-Star teams after a feverish four days of text messages, online vote and tweets as part of MLB's Final Vote campaign.
Chicago ruled, getting the biggest chunk of the 52.5 million votes cast and sending two deserving players to the MLB All-Star game in Minneapolis next Tuesday. Sale has the best ERA in the AL, while Rizzo's 20 homers are second in the NL.
The six-hour final flurry of Twitter votes Thursday was incredible. Each player was assigned a hashtag (#TargetSale, for example) and each use of that hashtag counted as a vote. That hashtagmania accounted for a quarter of all the votes cast, as fans averaged 65,000 votes per minute.
Here's a breakdown of the final vote tally, per MLB:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
The news wasn't good for the St. Louis Cardinals and their cornerstone catcher Yadier Molina. Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb andwill miss 8-12 weeks after surgery, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.
Nor was it good for the division rival Cincinnati Reds, who confirmed Thursday that their star second baseman Brandon Phillips also needs thumb surgery to repair a ligament. The Reds say he'll miss six weeks.
That's two surging teams in the NL Central with two thumbs down.
League-wide, that's four MLB stars who have been sidelined this season by torn thumb ligaments. It's not the Tommy John epidemic, but it's something that at least four GMs have cursed this season. Bryce Harper and Josh Hamilton both sustained torn thumb ligaments in April, both on head-first slides. Harper missed 57 games and Hamilton missed 48.
- David Brown at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
There's an old saying on the Internet: "Don't read the comments." A real-life version might be, if you're a Colorado Rockies fan, "Don't send comments, because the owner might snap at you."
That's precisely what happened to Michael Ferguson of Grand Junction, Colo. after he and his family attended a Rockies game at Coors Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the Fourth of July. After spending $288 on tickets alone, the Fergusons watched the Dodgers smoke the Rockies 9-0. The results were extreme, but still kind of typical for the Rockies this season: They're 39-53, which is one of the worst records in Major League Baseball. And they're on pace to finish under .500 for the fourth straight season, and for the 13th time since 1998.
- David Brown at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
This post by Rob Bradford of WEEI radio makes the Boston Red Sox look much worse collectively than it does A.J. Pierzynski, the person ripped by anonymous sources within the team.
The Red Sox designated Pierzynski for assignment Wednesday, removing him from the 40-man roster after he batted .254 with a .286 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage — all career lows — in 274 plate appearances. Boston has 10 days to trade, release or demote Pierzynski to the minors. Release is most likely.Fri, Jul 115:10 PM PDTBoston at HoustonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox outfield flashed some serious leather on Wednesday night with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and left fielder Jonny Gomes each laying out to make sensational diving catches. Bradley's catch, especially, was a gem as it wowed the crowd and took away sure extra bases from Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.
Unfortunately, the outfield had a couple hiccups as well. Well, to be more specific, Gomes had a couple hiccups, which is more along the lines of what you'd expect from the below average defender.
His first miscue happened in the fourth inning when he lost Alejandro De Aza's fly ball in the sun, allowing him to reach with a triple. Fortunately, that didn't lead to any damage physically or on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, Gomes had trouble again, misjudging Flowers' towering fly ball against the Green Monster, and this time the result was much worse for him personally as the ball appeared to glance off the wall and then smack him right in the face.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Those anxious to write off Albert Pujols will have to take another step back after the Los Angeles Angels slugger delievered a game-changing home run on Wednesday afternoon. After the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed a one run lead in the sixth inning, Pujols answered one inning later with two-run home run that just eluded the outstretched glove of Colby Rasmus and bounced off the top of the center-field fence to give Los Angeles an 8-7 lead, which would be the game's final score.
The home run was Pujols' 20th homer of the season and 512th of his career, tying him with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 21st place all-time. And more importantly to Angels starter C.J. Wilson, it's the one that helped fans forget his fourth inning exit after allowing four runs.Fri, Jul 114:10 PM PDTToronto at Tampa BayPreview Game