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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
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Hanley Ramirez, come on down, you’re the next contestant on “How to lose an MLB game in the most embarrassing way possible.”
In the bottom of the ninth of Thursday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels, Ramirez absolutely blew it on defense, allowing the Angels to escape with a 2-1 walk-off win after David Price had thrown eight scoreless innings for the Red Sox.
Boston closer Brad Ziegler was trying to navigate out of a sticky situation with the bases loaded, one out and a 1-0 lead. When Daniel Nava grounded a ball to Ramirez at first base, the Red Sox at the very least had a chance for one out at the plate. Maybe they could even a game ending double play if things went well. But well, they did not go.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale returned from his five-game suspension Thursday night, pitching six solid innings against the Cubs. But after the game, the throwback jerseys he destroyed in a fit Saturday were still a topic of discussion.
And, really, why wouldn’t they be? A baseball controversy this silly and this amusing doesn’t just go away after a suspension and a 3-1 Cubs win.Fri, 29 Jul8:10 PM EDTChi White Sox at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Stew’s Trade Deadline Digest recaps the day in news and rumors as MLB gets closer to the non-waiver trade deadline on Aug. 1. If you missed any of Thursday’s action, we’re here to help you catch up with all the important links and tidbits .
DONE DEAL: The San Francisco Giants acquired All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night, striking the only significant trade of the day. In return the Twins get Adalberto Mejia, a 23-year-old pitcher who has been among San Francisco’s top-10 prospects for the last few years. [Yahoo Sports]
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
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It’s that time of the baseball season whereJeff Passan’s phone is buzzing with information. Yes, the trade deadline is coming on Aug. 1, which means teams are making moves and our pal Jeff is trying to wade through the rumors and find the truth.
He took a few minutes out of his busy day — well, like 30, actually — to talk about the trade deadline for this week’s StewPod. We discuss which players he thinks will and won’t get traded, why the trade deadline has actually been more active than you might think and which teams will make a move that has them racing toward the postseason.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
On April 29, Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was suspended 80 games for testing positive for PEDs. This was pretty bad news for the Marlins, as Gordon had spent 2015 hitting like a mad man and ended the season with a .333 average and the National League batting title. He was supposed to anchor their team of young players, but instead he’d be sitting out nearly half the season.
Eighty games later, Gordon is ready to return to the Marlins. His suspension is up Thursday and he made an apology video for his fans before his first game back, in which he’ll return to his lead-off role.
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) July 28, 2016Fri, 29 Jul7:10 PM EDTSt. Louis at MiamiPreview Game
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Baseball’s trade deadline is creeping up on us. Teams have until 4 p.m. ET Monday to make whatever swaps will help them either get in position for the postseason or rebuild for next year, the year after or … one of these years.
We’re already watching keenly to see where players such as Jay Bruce, Jonathan Lucroy and Andrew Cashner will end by up Aug. 1 and see which other players might be on the move.
The thirst for trade-deadline news and gossip is so real in 2016, though, that there are many pitfalls that fans need to consider as they refresh their Twitter feed in hopes of seeing a deal from their favorite team.
So in this week’s installment of my Open Mike video series, I’m here to help. I’m giving you four important rules to live by until Monday’s deadline rolls around. Follow these and you won’t get duped, you’ll know what #hugwatch is and you won’t get too excited about a deal that may not happen.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Miguel Sano went 1-for-5 and drove in two runs Wednesday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Not a banner night by any means, but hardly the kind of performance you might expect to upset him.
But Sano was angry when he struck out in the eighth inning. It was his third strike out of the night and 105th this season and it came with two runners in scoring position. He took it out on his bat, breaking it over his knee Bo Jackson-style.
That’s a strong man folks. Seems like that has to hurt, at least a little bit. Maybe someday they will make a bobblehead doll in honor of these impressive feats of strength from Sano as they did recently for Jackson, whobroke a few bats the same way in his day.Fri, 29 Jul7:35 PM EDTPhiladelphia at AtlantaPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
Tragic is really the only way to describe what happened to the Milwaukee Brewers in the first two innings of Wednesday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Two players, right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and shortstop Jonathan Villar, committed a combined five errors in just two frames.
It started innocently enough. With one out in the first, Diamondbacks second baseman Phil Gosselin hit a chopper to short that Villar picked up quickly. It should have been an easy out, and it would have been if Villar hadn’t had trouble getting the ball out of his glove. Then, with Gosselin on first, shortstop Jean Segura hit another easy out to Villar. Villar grabbed it and then totally threw it away, past second base and into right field.Fri, 29 Jul8:10 PM EDTPittsburgh at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
If you were curious what type of reaction Aroldis Chapman would receive upon his debut at Wrigley Field, wonder no more.
The hard-throwing left-hander had won over Cubs fans even before taking the mound in the ninth inning. By the time he struck out Avisail Garcia to wrap up a perfect inning and a Cubs 8-1 win over the White Sox, he’d whipped them into a frenzy.
Chapman’s off-the-field issues were not a consideration on this night, whether people like that thought or not. It was all about baseball and the overwhelming optimism Cubs fans obviously feel now that they’ve added Chapman as their closer.
The #Cubs fans going wild watching Chapman stroll to the mound, and no one is leaving the park, waiting to see the scoreboard readiings
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 28, 2016
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day 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.
The St. Louis Cardinals are starting to show the resilience that has made them so dangerous in recent seasons.
For the third time in the last week, St. Louis rallied from a late-inning deficit to secure a needed win on Wednesday. It was by far their most impressive comeback to, as they toppled New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia’s and his streak of 52 consecutive saves to win 5-4 at Citi Field.
It’s the first time Familia has blown a save since July 30 of last season, so he nearly completed a calendar year unblemished. Familia’s streak was also the third longest in MLB history, so we’ve established here that the Cardinals had their work cut out for them.