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- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew27 mins ago
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale will take the mound Monday with a lot at stake. If he can strike out 10 or more Toronto Blue Jays, Sale will set a major-league record with nine consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts.
The pressure is going to be on in more than one way, however. The Blue Jays have been the best offensive team against left-handers by a wide margin this season. On top of that, Sale will be opposed on the mound by his former mentor, Mark Buehrle.
Buehrle had a big impact on Sale's development when the two were teammates during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com. While Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Chisholm Buehrle's relationship with Sale at that time is exactly how teammates should operate.Mon, Jul 68:10 PM EDTToronto at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Robinson Cano hasn't played like a $24 million man this season for the Seattle Mariners. He's hitting .248, far below his career batting average of .306, with five homers and 27 RBIs. He's one of the reasons the Mariners are a disappointing 38-44 and in fourth place in the AL West.
As it turns out, though, this isn't a run-of-the-mill baseball slump. Nor is it a typical decline for a former star. Cano, 32, admitted to USA Today's Jorge L. Ortiz, in a Spanish-language interview, that he's been battling a stomach problem for almost a year and the results have been draining.
Cano was in the midst of his sixth All-Star season last year when he started experiencing stomach discomfort in August. With the Mariners in the playoff chase, he didn't get it checked until their season was over, in October. Cano said he was told he had a common parasite, which was treated with antibiotics, but he was left with acid reflux to this day.Mon, Jul 610:10 PM EDTDetroit at SeattlePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper will not participate in the Home Run Derby this season. Harper told reporters Monday that he is going to skip the event.
Harper cited a couple of reasons for declining the invite.
Bryce Harper won't participate in HR Derby. Wants to stay in routine & says, more than anything, wouldn't feel right w/o dad throwing to him
Harper's father, Ron, had rotator cuff surgery recently, and wouldn't be able to throw to Bryce during the contest. Last month, Harper told the Washington Post that it wouldn't be the same without his dad throwing to him.
“If I win it for the first time, I want it to be with my dad,” Harper said . “That’s something really special. We’ll see. I’ve still gotta make the all-star team.”LiveCincinnati0 - 0WashingtonFollow Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Teams around MLB began hitting the 81-game mark — and thus, the midway point of the season — late last week. As of Monday, 26 of 30 teams are halfway through their season. Yes, the All-Star break isn't until next week, but midseason is upon us. Like, right now.
So we at The Stew thought the time was right to look back at the first half of the 2015 baseball season and forecast what's coming in the second half. This is the first installment of a five-part series that will run all week. We'll talk about surprises, disappointments, who's poised for redemption in the second half and which managers might be out of jobs next.
First, though, we look at the big picture: What have been the biggest stories of the MLB season? Our crew of bloggers picked the five biggest and explain why. As you'd expect, our list contains some on-the-field action and some off-the-field controversy. Every story, though, had people talking.LiveHouston0 - 0ClevelandFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has incredible focus. He's proven as much this season, following up his one-hitter with a no-hitter. In both starts, Scherzer could have crumbled under the immense pressure. Instead, he proved to be unflappable, maintaining his tenacity and energy as the games went on.
Apparently, Scherzer carries that same demeanor off the field. During an interview with the Sunday Night Baseball crew, Scherzer's teammates did everything they could to knock him off his game. It didn't work.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
The best record in the American League belongs to the 48-36 Houston Astros, and it's going to stay that way if they keep getting plays like the one center fielder Jake Marisnick made Sunday.
Taking on the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, Marisnick showed off his sparkling defensive skills in the sixth inning when Brock Holt lifted a fly ball to left-center field that look destined to carom off the Green Monster for extra bases.
Not on Marisnick's watch though.
Running full sprint to his right, Marisnick crashed into the iconic wall and caught the ball mid-jump. It's definitely one of the best defensive highlights we've seen this season. However, despite Marisnick's efforts, the Red Sox went onto win the game 5-4.
The Green Monster is infamously unforgiving. The way Marisnick went for the ball without any fear is pretty impressive, especially considering he had just been activated off the DL before the game. He even received a round of applause from the fans in Boston for his trouble.Tue, Jul 77:10 PM EDTMiami at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 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.
The Washington Nationals played with nine fielders against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, but they really only needed two. Jordan Zimmermann and Wilson Ramos starred as the Nats took the 3-1 victory over the reigning World Series champs.
On the mound, Zimmermann was fantastic. He allowed just one run on three hits over seven strong innings. Zimmermann walked one and struck out eight during the contest. His only blemish was a solo home run to Brandon Crawford in the fourth inning. Other than that, the Giants failed to get much going against Zim.
At the plate, Zimmermann's battery mate took center stage. Ramos broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with a solo shot off George Kontos. He would also drive in the team's insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Ramos finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and two RBI. He also reached on a walk.Mon, Jul 610:15 PM EDTNY Mets at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox started David Ortiz at first base Sunday, and wound up making franchise history. Given his lack of experience in the field, there was considerable concern that his poor defense could sink the club.
That wasn't the case. In fact, if you were evaluating Ortiz's defense at home, you didn't have much to go on. That's because he was almost invisible out there.
From @EliasSports: Today marked the first time in the franchise's 17,867-game history that the Red Sox did not have a 1B record a putout.
A quick look at the box score confirms that this is a fact.
The Red Sox induced just two ground ball outs during the contest. Ortiz was involved in one of them, but flipped the ball to pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez for the putout. The second came when the next batter, Jake Marisnick, was called out on a bunt attempt due to batter interference.
Amazingly, every other out against the Red Sox was either a flyball or line drive to a position other than first base. That is pretty amazing!
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
Forget about East Coast bias, it's time Major League Baseball started looking into their Midwest bias. They can start the investigation in Missouri.
The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals fared well as the All-Star Game starters were announced Sunday. While neither team dominated the ballots the way they did a few weeks ago, both came away with some solid results.
The Cardinals came away with two starters in the National League, but many of their players finished second at their respective positions.
After weeks of intrigue, the Royals wound up with four starters in the American League.Mon, Jul 68:10 PM EDTTampa Bay at Kansas CityPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Anybody who has played sports knows they're at risk of catching one on the nose. We've all been there. Whether it's a ball, an elbow, a hockey stick, another elbow, a forehead or another person's fist, all it takes is that one direct shot to ruin your day.
With that in mind, it's not unusual to see an athlete sporting a bloody nose. However, in the instance of New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was spotted bleeding from the nose during his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, it was unusual because he wasn't on the receiving end of any intended or unintended physical violence.