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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew43 mins ago
As the Los Angeles Angels' top-level decision-makers engage in a power struggle that likely sees GM Jerry Dipoto leave the organization, Albert Pujols showed he 's really the one with all the power with his play on the field.
Pujols swatted a solo shot to left field in the Angels' 2-1 win over the Yankees on Tuesday to close out June with 13 home runs in 27 games. The 13 home runs in a month tied an Angels record held by Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon, but where does it rank among Pujols' best power performances over a single month ?
It's not No. 1, but it's close.Wed, Jul 17:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at LA AngelsPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 hr ago
What seemed likely late Tuesday night on the West Coast looks to have become a reality Wednesday morning with multiple reports emerging that general manager Jerry Dipoto is no longer the general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.
Friction between Dipoto and longtime manager Mike Scioscia over the in-game use of scouting information is believed to be the main cause of conflict. Yahoo's Tim Brown termed therift between the two as "irreparable."
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew9 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.
Move over Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners have apparently discovered a new ace. Mike Montgomery dazzled again Tuesday, leading the M's to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.
It wasn't the first time Montgomery tossed a complete game shutout this season. In fact, he did it in his previous start. This two-game stretch puts him in rare company.
Mike Montgomery of the #Mariners is just the eighth pitcher since 2010 with back-to-back shutouts. Max Scherzer also did it this year.
Montgomery was absolutely filthy during Tuesday's contest. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Yangervis Solarte doubled with one out. That was the only hit Montgomery would allow during the start.
Over his nine shutout innings, Montgomery gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out seven. After six starts in the majors this season, Montgomery has a 1.62 ERA.
KEUCHEL CAN'T BE STOPPEDWed, Jul 13:40 PM EDTSeattle at San DiegoPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The rift between Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia may have already been resolved. To no one's surprise, it looks like Scioscia came out on top.
Dipoto is reportedly considering resigning, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. The team would not confirm Gonzalez's report, but a source told him "it's possible" when asked whether Dipoto was leaving the club.
If Dipoto isn't resigning, he certainly acted weird following Tuesday's game.
Two sources say that #Angels GM Jerry Dipoto packed up his office and left today. Club official: “Status quo here as of now.”
Rosenthal also couldn't confirm whether Dipoto was out for sure, and said it's possible the GM may have acted out of emotion.
Possible that Dipoto acted out of emotion. Possible that he is resigning. Nothing confirmed.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Being thrown out while running the bases is probably the most embarrassing baseball error in existence. We can understand the occasional misplay of a ball, or a bad throw, but there should really be no excuse for screwing up on the bases.
Despite that, it happens. And when it does, it produces some of the most hilarious bloopers. The latest player to become a victim of baseball's cruelest error was Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gorkys Hernandez.
With the game tied 4-4 in the 14th inning, Hernandez made a base-running gaffe that nearly cost his team the game. After a one out single by Chris Stewart, Hernandez entered the game as a pinch runner. He did not do his job very well.
The next batter, Josh Harrison, sprayed a double to center, and that's when things got confusing for Hernandez.
Center fielder Rajai Davis nearly got to the ball, diving at the last second. The ball deflected off Davis' glove, but Hernandez didn't see it.Wed, Jul 17:08 PM EDTPittsburgh at DetroitPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox ace has been unhittable over his last couple starts. That's not really hyperbole, either, Sale has been beyond fantastic lately.
He proved as much Tuesday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Sale allowed one run on six hits over eight spectacular innings. He issued just one walk and struck out 12 during the outing.
That last number is significant. Tuesday marked the eighth straight start in which Sale posted double-digit strikeouts. That ties a major-league record.
Chris Sale officially has joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in baseball history to fan 10+ in eight straight games.
Sale joined Pedro Martinez as the only other pitcher to complete the feat. That's quite the achievement.
Sale doesn't seem to be slowing down, either. He's been particularly dominant in June.
In the month of June, Sale has thrown 41 1/3 innings. He has struck out 72, walked eight and allowed 25 hits.
Unfortunately for the Sox, Sale's dominance has not resulted in as many wins as you might expect.Wed, Jul 18:15 PM EDTChi White Sox at St. LouisPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
Saying Miami Marlins infielder Dee Gordon is fast is like saying water is wet. It's his most defining quality, and everyone knows it.
That's why it shouldn't come as a surprise that Gordon was responsible for the first inside-the-park home run at Marlins Park. The hit came in the second inning of Tuesday's game.
With two men on base, and Ryan Vogelsong on the mound, Gordon ripped an 84 mph changeup to the right center gap. Since Gordon is known as more of a slap hitter, the outfielders were playing fairly close to the infield.
This allowed Gordon to turn on the jets. Right fielder Gregor Blanco would reach the ball first, and either slightly misplayed it, or tried to flip it to center fielder Angel Pagan.
By the time Pagan grabbed the ball, Gordon was already rounding third base. The Giants attempted to throw Gordon out at home, but didn't come close.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew16 hrs ago
The Philadelphia Phillies are about to undergo some major changes. Some of that turnover has already begun.
Manager Ryne Sandberg resigned, leaving the club because he was tired of losing. Just a few days later, Andy MacPhail agreed to become the team's next president. Based on MacPhail's press conference Monday, many other changes seem to be in the cards for Philadelphia.Wed, Jul 17:05 PM EDTMilwaukee at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The MLB All-Star game is full of wonder. You get to see things like Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer playing for the same team. You can imagine a world where Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera are in the same lineup. And in another mind-blowing new development, you, the fan, can have pizza delivered right to your seat after a few pecks at your smartphone.
Yes, this is true. The Cincinnati Reds, their concession company Delaware North and MLB Advanced Media have partnered to bring pizza delivery to the baseball-watching masses at Great American Ballpark, home of next month's All-Star game.
Delaware North reps confirm to The Stew that the delivery service is being soft launched this week, so that it's ready for the All-Star festivities in mid-July. Fans use their MLB.com Ballpark app to order. Like so:LiveMinnesota0 - 0CincinnatiFollow Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
The start-and-stop, up-and-down season of Josh Hamilton starts up again Tuesday night, as he's been activated by the Texas Rangers and will start in left field against the Baltimore Orioles.
Hamilton, 34, was on the disabled list for a month with an injured hamstring, but that hasn't been the biggest issue surrounding the former MVP this season. He admitted a drug relapse to MLB, which resultedin a high-profile non-suspension. The Los Angeles Angels, though, weren't happy about this and shipped Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers.Wed, Jul 17:05 PM EDTTexas at BaltimorePreview Game