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- David Brown at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Information continues to drip out of the Biogenesis scandal and, Thursday afternoon, Gaby Sanchez of the Pittsburgh Pirates was answering questions about a reported link to Tony Bosch and performance-enhancing drugs.
A book except published in the Miami New Times says that Bosch's records show Sanchez in 2011 met several times with Bosch, reputed to be a PED supplier to Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Braun and other major leaguers. The excerpt also says Sanchez, a teammate of Braun's in college at the University of Miami, failed a drug test there in 2004.
#pirates gaby Sanchez on PED allegation: "I've got no comment on that. I'm here to play baseball." Denies using PEDs.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
And now, the thumbs of Chicagoans get a well-deserved break.
White Sox ace Chris Sale and Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo have been named to the AL and NL All-Star teams after a feverish four days of text messages, online vote and tweets as part of MLB's Final Vote campaign.
Chicago ruled, getting the biggest chunk of the 52.5 million votes cast and sending two deserving players to the MLB All-Star game in Minneapolis next Tuesday. Sale has the best ERA in the AL, while Rizzo's 20 homers are second in the NL.
The six-hour final flurry of Twitter votes Thursday was incredible. Each player was assigned a hashtag (#TargetSale, for example) and each use of that hashtag counted as a vote. That hashtagmania accounted for a quarter of all the votes cast, as fans averaged 65,000 votes per minute.
Here's a breakdown of the final vote tally, per MLB:
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The news wasn't good for the St. Louis Cardinals and their cornerstone catcher Yadier Molina. Molina has a torn ligament in his thumb andwill miss 8-12 weeks after surgery, according to Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak.
Nor was it good for the division rival Cincinnati Reds, who confirmed Thursday that their star second baseman Brandon Phillips also needs thumb surgery to repair a ligament. The Reds say he'll miss six weeks.
That's two surging teams in the NL Central with two thumbs down.
League-wide, that's four MLB stars who have been sidelined this season by torn thumb ligaments. It's not the Tommy John epidemic, but it's something that at least four GMs have cursed this season. Bryce Harper and Josh Hamilton both sustained torn thumb ligaments in April, both on head-first slides. Harper missed 57 games and Hamilton missed 48.
- David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
There's an old saying on the Internet: "Don't read the comments." A real-life version might be, if you're a Colorado Rockies fan, "Don't send comments, because the owner might snap at you."
That's precisely what happened to Michael Ferguson of Grand Junction, Colo. after he and his family attended a Rockies game at Coors Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the Fourth of July. After spending $288 on tickets alone, the Fergusons watched the Dodgers smoke the Rockies 9-0. The results were extreme, but still kind of typical for the Rockies this season: They're 39-53, which is one of the worst records in Major League Baseball. And they're on pace to finish under .500 for the fourth straight season, and for the 13th time since 1998.
- David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
This post by Rob Bradford of WEEI radio makes the Boston Red Sox look much worse collectively than it does A.J. Pierzynski, the person ripped by anonymous sources within the team.
The Red Sox designated Pierzynski for assignment Wednesday, removing him from the 40-man roster after he batted .254 with a .286 on-base percentage and .348 slugging percentage — all career lows — in 274 plate appearances. Boston has 10 days to trade, release or demote Pierzynski to the minors. Release is most likely.LiveChi White Sox3 - 3BostonFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew15 hrs ago
The Boston Red Sox outfield flashed some serious leather on Wednesday night with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and left fielder Jonny Gomes each laying out to make sensational diving catches. Bradley's catch, especially, was a gem as it wowed the crowd and took away sure extra bases from Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.
Unfortunately, the outfield had a couple hiccups as well. Well, to be more specific, Gomes had a couple hiccups, which is more along the lines of what you'd expect from the below average defender.
His first miscue happened in the fourth inning when he lost Alejandro De Aza's fly ball in the sun, allowing him to reach with a triple. Fortunately, that didn't lead to any damage physically or on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, Gomes had trouble again, misjudging Flowers' towering fly ball against the Green Monster, and this time the result was much worse for him personally as the ball appeared to glance off the wall and then smack him right in the face.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Those anxious to write off Albert Pujols will have to take another step back after the Los Angeles Angels slugger delievered a game-changing home run on Wednesday afternoon. After the Toronto Blue Jays grabbed a one run lead in the sixth inning, Pujols answered one inning later with two-run home run that just eluded the outstretched glove of Colby Rasmus and bounced off the top of the center-field fence to give Los Angeles an 8-7 lead, which would be the game's final score.
The home run was Pujols' 20th homer of the season and 512th of his career, tying him with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 21st place all-time. And more importantly to Angels starter C.J. Wilson, it's the one that helped fans forget his fourth inning exit after allowing four runs.Fri, Jul 114:10 PM PDTToronto at Tampa BayPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
The injury bug has been eating away at the New York Yankees all season long, but on Wednesday it seemed determined to go for the kill.
Not long after the team announced All-Star pitcher and potential AL Rookie of the Year Masahiro Tanaka was headed to the disabled list and back to New York for an MRI and exam on his right arm, designated hitter Carlos Beltran was scratched from the lineup after being hit in the face by his own batted ball during batting practice.
Typically, batting practice mishaps and injuries come about when a player is in the field and loses track of the ball, but there have been rare instances in which the ball hits the cage itself and comes back at the batter. As YES clubhouse reporter Meredith Marakovits explains, the latter wasn't the case here.Thu, Jul 104:05 PM PDTNY Yankees at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The San Francisco Giants are considering taking a stand against culturally insensitive attire and use of culturally insensitive language by instituting a ban against both at AT&T Park.
According to USA TODAY, the Giants were motivated to consider a change following an alleged incident at Native American Heritage Night on June 23. Two Native Americans who were attending the event, April Negrette and Kimball Bighorse, reportedly approached a group of men who were wearing and passing around fake headdresses to tell them it was disrespectful to their culture, which the Giants intended to honor that evening. One of the Native Americans asked for a headdress and then declined to return it, which led to security and police being called and both being forcefully detained.
Here's video of the incident, which was taken by Bighorse:
Naturally, the video led to outrage within the local Native American community, and on July 1, they came together to stage a protest outside AT&T Park.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
There will be a lot of roster shuffling between now and Tuesday's All-Star game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, the first notable change comes as a result of the New York Yankees placing starter Masahiro Tanaka on the disabled list on Wednesday. While Tanaka heads back to New York for an MRI on his arm, his fellow countryman, Koji Uehera, has been named as his replacement on the AL All-Star roster.