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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew58 mins ago
When ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling two weeks ago, a result of his latest flap with management about his political views and when to share them on social media, one common theory was that Schilling might have a job waiting for him at Fox Sports.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Do you remember the last time the Texas Rangers played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto? Sure you do. And the Rangers sure do too.
It was Game 5 of the American League Division Series last year, aka the best and wildest playoff game that some of us have ever seen. The Toronto Blue Jays triumphed, propelled by the Jose Bautista bat flip that some people are still debating to this day.Mon, May 27:07 PM EDTTexas at TorontoPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
Life is full of hard lessons. The softball team at Wylie High School in Texas learned one on Friday, when they lost the district championship because of their own premature excitement.
Wylie was playing McKinney North High School, and they were up by two runs in the final inning of the game. There were two outs, but the bases were loaded with McKinney North players, so it was still a precarious situation. A McKinney North player hit the ball to short, and a Wylie player picked it up and fed it to her teammate at second.
Everyone on the Wylie team thought it was a forceout, and so they began throwing gloves and hats and running in to celebrate their championship victory. But what they didn't see was the umpire calling the runner safe at second, meaning they hadn't actually won.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Near the end of the Toronto Blue Jays-Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday, there was a bizarre rundown that ended in a hug between the Jays' Kevin Pillar and the Rays' Ryan Webb. But it shouldn't have ended that way.
There were two outs in the top of the ninth inning, and Pillar was on first with Ryan Webb on the mound for the Rays. Webb turned and threw to first to pick off Pillar, who was too far off the base and got caught in a rundown.
Most of the rundown play was pretty normal. Webb threw it to Logan Morrison at first base, and when Pillar started to run, Morrison threw it to shortstop Brad Miller. Then Pillar careened back toward first, so Miller threw it to Webb, who had come in to cover first. Pillar spun his wheels toward second again with Webb hot on his heels. Webb threw it to second baseman Logan Forsythe, so Pillar changed direction once again.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
When you're a kid, one of the first things you learn to do with a ball is to throw it. From the time you're a toddler scooting around on the floor, grown-ups give you a ball and tell you to throw it back to them. But no one ever tells kids that they're not supposed to do that at a baseball game.
That's what happened to a young Texas Rangers fan Sunday when the Rangers played the Los Angeles Angels. In the bottom of the fourth inning, first baseman Mitch Moreland hit a ball toward the foul pole in right field that looked — and sounded — like it might have been out of the park. It hooked just foul, though, and landed in the front row of the upper deck where a father and daughter were sitting.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at 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.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers needed him most, ace Clayton Kershaw rose to the occasion. This isn't necessarily a new development. Kershaw has shown the ability to carry a team on his back with an exceptional start throughout his career. What happened Sunday was a little different, though.
With the Dodgers on a six game losing streak, Kershaw took the mound looking to right the ship. As he's done so many times before, he delivered. Kershaw tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout against the San Diego Padres in a 1-0 victory. He struck out an incredible 14 batters during the start. The streak had been broken, and it was all thanks to Kershaw.Tue, May 37:10 PM EDTLA Dodgers at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The ongoing feud between ESPN and former employee Curt Schilling may have just been taken to a new level. Schilling was fired by the network in April. Shortly after being let go, Schilling accused the station of bias and said they employ some of the most racist people he's ever met.
It's pretty rare for a company as big and public as ESPN to get into a back-and-forth with a recently fired employee, but it certainly looks like that might be the case here. It's time for everyone at home to grab their popcorn.Tue, May 38:10 PM EDTBoston at Chi White SoxPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is among the smartest players in the game. He's incredibly talented, sure, but putting up resurgent numbers at age-39 requires more than exceptional physical skills. He clearly knows how to hit, and when he doles out advice about how to act at the plate, young players would be wise to take notice.
With that said, maybe he should keep this little nugget of wisdom to himself. During Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox, A-Rod showed the world his method for keeping his bat dry while in the middle of an at-bat. It was something!
A-Rod drying his bat in the best way to ensure he ends up in a vine https://t.co/Y5rjPl2dLX
That ... uh ... yeah ... we're speechless.
Say what you want about his methods, but it worked. In his next at-bat, the 40-year-old slugger crushed a home run against Red Sox ace David Price.
In his third at-bat, he narrowly missed another long ball, settling for a double.Tue, May 37:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at BaltimorePreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
It's been a pretty fantastic run for Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. The 23-year-old is coming off an MVP-caliber season in which he established himself as the best hitter in the game, and is on pace to pretty much repeat himself this year.
It's pretty rare these days to see Harper look lost at the plate, is what we're trying to say. Baseball can be a humbling game, though, and even the best of the best are subject to suffering its wrath.
That's precisely what happened to Harper Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. The slugger accomplished something he has not managed to do in nearly four years during the contest. Problem is, it was one of those things he would rather forget. For the first time since August 21, 2012, Harper struck out four times in a single game.Mon, May 28:15 PM EDTPhiladelphia at St. LouisPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
This isn't how things were supposed to go for the Houston Astros.
After soaring back into relevance with 86 wins and a postseason berth last season, they were supposed to continue building momentum with a roster built around superstars like Carlos Correa, George Springer and Dallas Keuchel.
Instead, they've stumbled out of the gate looking like a team without an identity.
Granted, they haven't played as poorly as those rebuilding Astros teams that lost 324 games between 2011-2013, but the results have been miserable. With Saturday's 2-0 loss to the Oakland A's, Houston concluded April with a 7-17 record. That's tied for the worst mark in the American League along with another disappointing team, the Minnesota Twins. Houston actually has a worse run differential at -33, and the 123 runs they've allowed are the worst in the AL.Mon, May 28:10 PM EDTMinnesota at HoustonPreview Game