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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
You have to give Alex Rodriguez credit. Every time we think the end is getting near, he comes back to prove there's still some fuel left in his tank.
That's exactly what he's attempting to prove again after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and so far anyway the results are encouraging.
In fact, on Wednesday we noted that Rodriguez was feeling especially good during his final rehab game. On that night, he launched a mammoth home run while playing for Double-A Trenton and punctuated it with a grand bat flip.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
We live in a world that's driven by information and curiosity, which in some instances is refreshing and in others can be a little scary. That's because sometimes the thrist for both can lead us down a path filled with assumptions and misguided conclusions.
That was the case on Friday night when a video surfaced that clearly showed Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Howie Kendrick reaching into his back pocket during Friday's 6-5 loss to the Mets for a handheld item. Kendrick is then seen studying the unknown object before quickly putting it away and readjusting his position.
Howie Kendrick casually checking his phone in the outfield pic.twitter.com/fK45d06LHjSat, May 287:15 PM EDTLA Dodgers at NY MetsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 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.
Josh Donaldson has been so locked in since joining the Toronto Blue Jays last year it almost feels like he can get any result he wants at the plate. That's not true, of course. The game is not that simple. But that's how Donaldson makes it look.
That was the case again on Friday as Donaldson flirted with a cycle against the Boston Red Sox. Donaldson drilled a solo home run in the first. He followed with a run-scoring double in the third, and an RBI infield single in the fourth. That left him a triple shy of the cycle going into the final five innings.LiveBoston1 - 3TorontoFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
We hope you took advantage of the Yahoo Sports Free Game of the Day on Friday. Otherwise you may have missed what was arguably the best game of the season to date.
After the Dodgers rallied from a four-run ninth-inning deficit and tied the game on Chase Utley's two-out, bases-clearing double, the Mets still emerged victorious, 6-5, thanks to Curtis Granderson's dramatic walk-off home run.
What a wild and crazy finish it was. A finish we'd say is befitting of the rivalry that is developing between these two talented clubs.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
The eyes of the baseball world were focused on Citi Field on Friday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers paid a visit to the New York Mets.
There were several reasons for this added attention. It's the first time these two teams have met in New York since last October's contentious NLDS, which included Chase Utley injuring Ruben Tejada with an aggressive takeout slide. That was the main storyline coming in, at least until Thursday, when the Dodgers announced 19-year-old pitching phenom Julio Urias would make his anticipated MLB debut under the bright Friday night lights.
It's a moment that's been years in the making, despite the fact that Urias is only 19 years old. In fact, Urias became the youngest player to make his MLB debut since a 19-year-old Felix Hernandez did so in 2005.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
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Fans of the Chicago Cubs love Kris Bryant. It's not hard to figure out why that's the case. Combine his excellent production and prodigious power with those dreamy eyes, and you'll instantly fall in love with Bryant too.
With that said, some fans may have taken their love of Bryant a little too far during Friday's game. After Bryant hit a mammoth home run out of the stadium and onto Waveland Ave., two fans got into a bit of a scuffle trying to get a piece of Kris Bryant memorabilia.
Based on the video, it's tough to tell whether the collision was intentional or an accident. It's certainly possible the fans involved never meant to actually tackle a guy. It's also possible that fandom makes people do crazy things ... like resort to physical violence in order to grab a home run ball.LivePhiladelphia0 - 2Chi CubsFollow Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
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For many, celebrating Memorial Day involves grilling out and watching baseball. But the primary focus of the holiday, remembering those who have died while serving our country, cannot be forgotten.
The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team brings both of those together. There's nothing more American than serving in the United States military and playing America's pastime, right?
In honor of the upcoming holiday, MLB Network put together a video about the team. It explains how the club formed and shares some of the stories of the veterans who make up the team.
The Wounded Warriors have been around for some time now, but in case you were unaware, the team is made up entirely of military veterans who lost a limb serving the country. They travel around the United States playing other softball teams comprised of able-bodied players.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Ruben Tejada doesn’t play for the New York Mets any more, but that isn’t likely to stop Mets fans from defending his honor Friday night when the Los Angeles Dodgers return to town for the first time since the 2015 National League Division Series. During Game 2 of that playoff series, Tejada, the Mets’ former shortstop, suffered a fractured fibula of his lower right leg when Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley took him out with a slide into second base. Utley is expected to be in the lineup Friday in New York for the first time since the incident andhe told the Los Angeles Times this week, he is prepared for a hostile greeting from fans and maybe even a beanball from a Mets pitcher.Utley was with the Dodgers for Games 3 and 4 in the playoff series in New York last season, but he did not play. He said his family received death threats during the series in October.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Baseball players are creatures of habit. When things are going well, you change nothing about your routine. When things are going poorly, you have to find the one thing holding you back. When you're Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and you find the one thing holding you back, you cut it up into little pieces and throw it in the garbage.
That's precisely what Harper did after hitting a mammoth home run to the third deck during Thursday's game. Almost immediately after rounding the bases, Harper was spotted in the dugout cutting up his batting gloves.
Your browser does not support iframes. Harper, who was hitting just .194 in May coming into the contest, apparently decided his batting gloves were part of the problem. After striking out with them during his first at-bat of the game, Harper ditched the batting gloves later on. Based on how hard his sixth inning home run was hit, we're going to say he correctly identified the problem.Sat, May 287:15 PM EDTSt. Louis at WashingtonPreview Game
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew1 day ago
There is a full slate of 15 games on the schedule in Major League Baseball on Friday, but it’s likely many of the players involved in those games would rather be home on the couch for a night, or, better yet, paying customers at Citi Field in New York.
Los Angeles Dodgers 19-year-old phenom Julio Urias is scheduled to make his long-awaited major league debut in the first game of a three-game set with the New York Mets. Major league scouts have been talking about this day for years, since the uncommonly gifted left-hander was first discovered in 2012 when he was 15.