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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew1 hr ago
For the better part of the past decade, Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has been the poster boy for the relative irrelevance of a pitcher's win-loss record.
This season, Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves can make a good case that he's now baseball's most hard-luck loser.
Miller had pitched six scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies and entered the seventh with a 3-0 lead.
All of a sudden, the Rockies figured out the Braves right-hander, scoring four runs off him in that inning and going on to win the game 6-3.
It's just been that kind of year for Miller.
Over his last 18 starts, Miller has been saddled with the loss 10 times. The other eight outings have been no-decisions. His ERA over that span? 3.24. On the season his 2.62 ERA has only been good for a 5-11 record. His last win came May 17. AL rookie of the year favorite Carlos Correa was still over two weeks away from playing his first major-league game the last time Miller ended up with a W.Fri, Aug 287:35 PM EDTNY Yankees at AtlantaPreview Game
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It appears Major League Baseball is coming closer to finding a solution to keep fans safe from foul balls and bats that could make their way into the stands.
As Yahoo's Tim Brown wrote earlier this week, it's become a problem that must be addressed. The protective netting currently only covers a small area behind home plate and there's been a groundswell of support to increase protection further up the foul lines. There have been multiple incidents this year where fans have been badly injured and had to leave the stadium on a stretcher.
No one wants to see that, and the commissioner’s office is intent on stopping it from happening again.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Chicago Cubs gave Starlin Castro every opportunity to get on track as their starting shortstop. That was, until two weeks ago, when they decided to turn the reins over to their shortstop of the future, Addison Russell.
The decision to move both Russell to his more natural position has paid off quite well for Chicago on multiple levels. More comfort in the field has led to more confidence at the plate for the 21-year-old rookie. Over his last eight game, Russell is hitting .393/.414/.786 with a pair of home runs.
Russell is also clearly a better defender than Castro, and those defensive skills were on full display again in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to San Francisco.LiveChi Cubs1 - 1San FranciscoFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew14 hrs ago
On Wednesday, television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed while filming a live segment for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.
Vicki Gardner, an executive director for a local Chamber of Commerce, was also injured in the horrific and senseless attack. She's reportedly in stable condition after having emergency surgery.
The news of the shooting sent shock waves all throughout the country, but it obviously hit home the hardest in and around Virginia. The grief extended all the way to Washington D.C., where the home standing Washington Nationals held a moment of silence before their game against the San Diego Padres.Thu, Aug 277:05 PM EDTSan Diego at WashingtonPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 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.
Look out, American League. The Minnesota Twins are charging hard and looking to snap their four-year postseason drought.
After being swept by the Yankees in New York last week, the Twins have rattled off six straight road victories against AL wild-card contenders. It started with a dominant four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. It's continuing now at Tropicana Field, where they won for the second straight day, 5-3.
The Twins had to overcome one of the AL's most dominant pitchers, Chris Archer, in order to claim victory. Archer was coming off a one-hit, 11-strikeout shutout of the Houston Astros. Here, he struck out 12 over six-plus innings, but the Twins mixed in four runs on nine hits.Thu, Aug 277:10 PM EDTMinnesota at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Your browser does not support iframes. With all due respect to dogs everywhere on this National Dog Day, we must tip our cap to another furry, four-legged friend, the hamster.
Last week in Cincinnati, the Arizona Diamondbacks adopted a praying mantis while at the Great American Ball Park and ended up sweeping the Reds to climb over the .500 mark. Now that they're back in Phoenix, they've brought in a more playful companion that can provide hours of entertainment, a hamster named Slider.
Hey, we all know rosters are set to expand in September anyway. The D-Backs are just getting a jump on the competition by adding their own form of reinforcements to the clubhouse.
The Dbacks hamster on the roll https://t.co/0qJyJN1SFl
Slider was in the Diamondbacks clubhouse on both Monday and Tuesday, rolling around in her green hamster ball as the Diamondbacks prepared for a big series against the St. Louis Cardinals.Thu, Aug 279:40 PM EDTSt. Louis at ArizonaPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Just when we think Justin Verlander's magic might be fading, he amazes us again with another near historic outing.
The 2011 American League Cy Young award winner and MVP literally came inches short of pitching his third career no-hitter in Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Verlander was looking to become just the fourth pitcher in MLB history to throw three or more no-hitters. It's an exclusive club populated by only Hall of Famers — Nolan Ryan (seven), Sandy Koufax (four) and Bob Feller (three). Given the legacy Verlander is currently constructing, there's no reason to think he wouldn't have been the fourth Hall of Famer in that group.
But it just wasn't meant to be on Wednesday. Chris Iannetta led off the ninth inning with a rocket down the left-field line that hit right on the line and kicked up some chalk. It was fair by just inches. That's all that separated Verlander from history.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The Houston Astros comeback season has been filled with defining moments and notable victories. On Wednesday, they added another to each category by defeating the Yankees 6-2 in the Bronx.
Not only did the victory give them a series win on the road — where they've struggled for stretches this season — against another postseason contender, it gave them 71 wins on the season, which topped their 70 wins all of last season.
That's obviously significant for several reasons, but perhaps the most significant is that it's only Aug. 26 and they still have 34 games left to play. For another point of reference, they were 56-77 on this date last season, so their 71-57 mark now is a vast improvement.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
The fallout from Curt Schilling's recent Twitter adventure continued Wednesday as ESPN announced Schilling would not appear on Sunday Night Baseball this week.
Curt Schlling will be off Sunday's ESPN baseball game, fallout from his Muslim/Nazi tweet
The controversy began early Tuesday, when Schilling sent out a tweet comparing "extremist Muslims" to the Nazi Party. Schilling quickly deleted that tweet, but many users took a screen shot before it was taken down.
ESPN PR quickly responded, saying they did not agree with the views Schilling expressed in the tweet, and immediately removed him from his current assignment broadcasting the Little League World Series.
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 day ago
Update: Jose Bautista ended his feud with Sportsnet on Wednesday night, saying the issue was "resolved and we're moving on." He did not specify how the issue was resolved.
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The Toronto Blue Jays might be the hottest team in the game over the past couple weeks, but not everyone is happy. Outfielder Jose Bautista has refused to give interviews to Sportsnet, the team's official broadcast network, for months.
Brendan Kennendy of the Toronto Star reports that the issue started because Bautista believes the network mishandled a story earlier this season.
Jose Bautista has refused to do one-on-one interviews with Sportsnet for the past three months in protest of the broadcaster’s refusal to pay the cost of a designer suit purchased by rookie Devon Travis as part of a TV segment aired on Sportsnet on May 19.LiveToronto0 - 1TexasFollow Game