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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
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Allow us to take this very brief break from staring at the computer and/or television waiting for any kind of trade deadline news — we might even settle for what Jon Lester had for dinner — to bring you a special video presentation on Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre.
It's not a career retrospective, because Beltre's still going strong in his 17th big league season. It's not a top ten countdown of his greatest defensive plays, because that would obviously require much longer than the 23 seconds allotted. It's not even a video of Beltre and his son taking batting practice at Globe Life Park, although we wouldn't complain about that either.
No, this video is actually a history lesson on just how little Adrian Beltre appreciates having his head touched by anyone, whether it be a teammate, an opponent or basically any human being walking the face of the earth.
He does not like it. He may harm you if you try, so it's necessary that watch you this video for these three important reasons:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Welcome to The Stew's annual trade deadline deal tracker. It's anyone's guess whether we're in for a big deal day of deals as we approach the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline, or if the deadline will pass without as much action as fans are hoping.
There are a few big names said to be available, the question is whether a contender can swing a deal to acquire Jon Lester, David Price, John Lackey, Alex Rios, Matt Kemp and the others who have gossiped about the past few weeks. We'll find out soon.
The ticker below gathers all the latest info from the industry's top reporters (newest news is at the bottom). Want some human interaction? The Stew crew will be here to chat at 2 p.m. ET.
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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
Don't let the final images on Wednesday night fool you. Matt Kemp is still a Dodger despite having his jersey ripped off by teammates following the game. That's just how baseball teams celebrate these days, and Kemp gave them plenty of reason with his 10th inning walkoff single that downed the Atlanta Braves 3-2.
The game-winner was Kemp's third hit of the game. He homered leading off the second, singled in the sixth and walked for good measure in the eighth. Kemp also had three hits in Tuesday's win over the Braves — including two home runs and four RBIs — and is hitting .486 (17-for-35) over his last nine games. Needless to say, he's locked in, and the Dodgers will be quite content to hold on and hope for a lot more down the stretch.
- David Brown at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
He could have been joking — and kudos, if so — but it appeared Wednesday afternoon as if left-hander David Price thought the trade deadline had come and gone already. Price's name has been featured prominently in rumors for months, though the Tampa Bay Rays might be inclined to keep him for the pennant race and deal him in the offseason, instead of by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Regardless, the topic has been constant and, perhaps, Price is looking forward to not having to answer questions about it. So, after the Rays fell 5-0 to the Brewers at Tropicana Field with Price pitching, someone asked:
Reporter: "Considering the trade deadline, do you have plans tomorrow to do something fun, to get away from it?"
Price: "No, I didn’t; I thought it ended today at 4. So… oh, is it [tomorrow]? All right. Well, that’s fine. Um… No. I’m playing golf. And I put my phone in my bag when I play, so… I won’t even know, honestly."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Despite trading Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon, the Cleveland Indians still have a legitimate ace on their roster. His name is Corey Kluber, and he continued to cement his ace status with a dominant and historic outing against the Seattle Mariners.
The 28-year-old right-handed needed only 85 pitches to throw his first career complete game shutout, and that incredible efficiency put him in elite company.
Corey Kluber threw an 85-pitch shutout tonight against Seattle. Only the seventh blanking on 85 or fewer pitches since turn of millennium.
The previous six: Aaron Cook (81), Jeff Karstens (83), Aaron Cook (79), Rich Harden (81), Roy Halladay (83), Jon Lieber (78). Cook twice!
More amazing, Kluber faced one batter over the minimum in nine complete innings for his second consecutive start, which actually rewrote the MLB history books.
Corey Kluber 1st pitcher in MLB history to face 28 batters or fewer in back-to-back starts of at least 9 IP.Thu, Jul 314:05 PM PDTSeattle at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
It's only natural that Manny Machado drew comparisons to Brooks Robinson upon debuting with the Baltimore Orioles as a third baseman. What's impressive though is that he's actually doing his part to live up to the lofty expectations that go along with such comparisons, especially on the defensive side.
A little over a year ago, Machado really caught our attention with an amazing play at Yankee Stadium that looked like it came directly from Robinson's classic highlight reel. With his momentum taking him away from the field, Machado flagged a ground ball down and gathered himself to make a strong and accurate throw from deep into foul territory.Thu, Jul 314:05 PM PDTLA Angels at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been playing terrific baseball of late, surging from fourth place in the NL Central to second place, just two games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers. That said, you might think they were still mired somewhere in the middle of 21 straight losing seasons if you happened to catch their epic baserunning blunder(s) during their 7-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon.
In one sequence, the Pirates somehow turned a walk that would have loaded the bases with one out, into a rally-killing, inning-ending double play that took all of us back to our Little League days.
It happened in the sixth inning with Travis Snider on second base and Gaby Sanchez on third. The eighth place batter, Chris Stewart, drew the walk and started his routine jog to first base. However, during this time, Snider wandered too far off second base, which he later admitted happened because he thought the bases were already loaded.Thu, Jul 316:40 PM PDTPittsburgh at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
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Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates launched a fourth-inning homer Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants, and the home-run ball played a mean game of fan abuse.
If you watch the video above, the whole thing happens so quickly that you'll probably just find yourself wondering — like our friend @GGGiants — why left fielder Michael Morse was jumping. His arms aren't that long.
To get the full story of this Giants fan abuse, we need to examine this Vine version of the play made by Marc Normandin of SB Nation:
The ball strikes the fan in the chin, which surely couldn't have felt good. Oh well, at least she still has her beer to drown her sorrows ... wait! The ball took out the beer too?! Yep, it ricocheted right into the cup and destroyed it.
Somebody obviously didn't love that baseball enough as a kid. That's no way to treat a person.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
By all accounts, Eric Chavez is a great guy. He was also a great ballplayer before injuries derailed his career, causing him to play just 212 games between 2007 and 2011.
Chavez, 36, announced his retirement Wednesday after 17 seasons in the big leagues, and he did so with one final classy gesture. He left $1 million on the table, which the Arizona Diamondbacks would have owed him had he just sat on the disabled list the rest of the season.
He played 44 games for the D-backs in 2014 until a knee injury sidelined him. Chavez was due the rest of the $3.5 million contract he signed in the offseason, but he told CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that his conscience wouldn't let him take the money and not play.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox have traded another pitcher — just not the one every baseball fan is waiting to hear about.
The Red Sox sent Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for a player to be named later, ending Doubront's unhappy stint in the Boston bullpen. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi first reported a deal was close. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported it was done.
Source: Red Sox have traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs. @jonmorosi had it close.
As @alexspeier said, Doubront goes to the Cubs for a PTBNL that will BN after the Rule 5 draft.
Doubront — 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA — was increasingly unhappy about his role in Boston to the point of speaking out publicly last weekend, telling MassLive.com: