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- Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 hr ago
The Washington Nationals season is pretty much sewn up. They’ve had the NL East clinched for a while now and in the season’s final days, they’re mostly trying to lock down the No. 2 spot in the NL postseason. There, they’ve got a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who they’ll face in the NLDS.
There’s another big storyline for the Nats this weekend, though, and that’s the health and productivity of star outfielder Bryce Harper, who hasn’t played since Sunday when he left the Nats’ game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Harper hurt his thumb when Jung-ho Kang faked a tag at third base, making Harper slide awkwardly and hurt himself.Fri, 30 Sep10:15 PM EDTLA Dodgers at San FranciscoPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Red Sox look like serious World Series contenders just a year after finishing in last place in the AL East. Actually, wait, don’t stop us. You have heard that before. It just happened in 2013.
These Red Sox are a little different, though. Sure, David Ortiz is still there bashing homers, but he’s also playing in the final games of his career. Around him is a talented cast new and old — from free-agent signing David Price to second base stalwart Dustin Pedroia, and loads of young talent everywhere. Especially in the outfield where Mookie Betts has staken claim to being the next face of the franchise. And Rick Porcello, if you haven’t been paying attention, transformed into one of the AL’s best pitchers this season.Fri, 30 Sep7:10 PM EDTToronto at BostonPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
SEATTLE — Homecomings in sports can be a dangerous thing. Anytime legendary former players come home and take on a new role with the team that they helped put on the map, they run the risk of tarnishing their legacy. So, when the Seattle Mariners hired Edgar Martinez to turn around the worst offense in the majors last season, there was plenty of reason for concern.
Martinez is adored in Seattle. Known as one of the best hitters of his era, he’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer among locals, even if the actual voters haven’t seen it that way. He’s also a reminder of better times. Martinez was the No. 3 hitter on the last Mariners team to reach the postseason back in 2001.
The Mariners are currently fighting to end that 14-year gap, and Martinez is once again at the center of their success. His name may no longer show up in the box scores, but Martinez is still helping the Mariners score runs.Fri, 30 Sep10:10 PM EDTOakland at SeattlePreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Rain storms have been wreaking havoc on baseball games this week, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs are the weather’s latest victim. On Thursday night, they played a game that actually resulted in a tie. Not a suspended game or one that has to be made up. An honest to goodness tie.
At PNC Park, each team had scored a run on sacrifice flies, and the game was 1-1 when torrential rain suspended play after the top of the sixth inning. Everyone stayed where they were (except for the most dedicated fans) for over an hour, hoping that the rain would let up enough for the game to resume.
Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas. It didn’t look like the rain was going to stop, so the umpires called the game after five-and-a-half innings.
Tonight's game has been officially suspended & will not be made up.
MLB has deemed it a tied game. All stats from tonight will count. pic.twitter.com/YmIOsnyaxW
— Pirates (@Pirates) September 30, 2016
Fri, 30 Sep8:15 PM EDTPittsburgh at St. LouisPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
On Thursday, we brought you the upsetting news that Jose Fernandez’s high school jersey had been stolen from Alonso High School, the school he attended and was drafted from in 2011. Even crueler: the theft occurred during a candlelight vigil that was held in remembrance of Fernandez, the 24-year-old Miami Marlins ace pitcher who died in a tragic boating accident early Sunday morning.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. The AP has reported that the jersey was anonymously returned on Thursday, via an envelope left at ticket booth at Alonso High School.
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
On Thursday night, San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence briefly lost his mind. And he had good reason to. With one bunt, pitcher Johnny Cueto turned the Giants’ one-run lead to a three-run lead. Though it wasn’t really a two-run bunt. Johnny Cueto bunted and the runs scored on an error, though it looked like a bunch of errors.
Before we look at Pence losing his brain, let’s look at the play that caused it. Cueto was batting in the sixth inning with runners on first and second, and the bunt he laid down was a really good one. It rolled between the mound and the third base line, and it was too quick for the pitcher to get to it. But Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado didn’t realize that, and so he had to hustle to get to it.
Arenado did manage to grab the ball, but the throw he made to first was offline and it shot past the bag. It bounced off the railing in front of the stands and was eventually picked up by right fielder Carlos Gonzalez. Gonzalez looked like he was going to make a throw home, but thought better of it once he saw that both Giants runners had scored.
- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew16 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.
The powerful Baltimore Orioles’ first two runs came courtesy of a sacrifice fly and an RBI fielder’s choice. The third run was driven home on a ground ball through the right side. So was the fourth.
Not how you would expect the team that leads the major leagues in home runs to generate its offense, but as long as they scored more runs than the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night it was good enough. One run would have been enough in this game.
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez – he of the 5.71 ERA on the season, but 3.17 ERA in the second half – shut out Toronto over 6 2/3 innings and Baltimore’s lights-out bullpen did the rest in a 4-0 win at Rogers Centre where the home team managed just one extra-base hit.Fri, 30 Sep7:05 PM EDTBaltimore at NY YankeesPreview Game
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
It always helps to have a little bit of devil magic on your side. The St. Louis Cardinals kept themselves firmly in the National League wild card race with a huge, walk-off win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Problem is, the hit that won the game may not have been called properly.
With two outs in the ninth inning, catcher Yadier Molina stepped to the plate with a man on first. On the 2-0 pitch, Molina lined a ball deep to left field. The ball bounced off the ground just prior to reaching the wall, and appeared to hit the area one of the advertisements just above the wall in left field. The runner on first base came around to score, and it looked as though the Cardinals won the game.
Not so fast. There’s actually some uncertainty as to whether the area above the left field wall is in play. According to some, Molina’s hit should have resulted in a ground-rule double.
WHAT DO I BELIEVE HERE. pic.twitter.com/cjBty3rxLh
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) September 30, 2016
- Jay Busbee at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
ATLANTA, Ga.–There’s a strange vibe at Turner Field these days that has nothing to do with the baseball-like product that the Braves are playing.
The team’s touting a countdown of the final days at its perfectly serviceable stadium while pumping up the hope and promise of next year’s home, the still-unfinished SunTrust Park, and it’s … unsettling. The most charitable view is that it’s like a high school senior walking through the halls crowing how much more awesome next year’s gonna be at college. At its worst, it’s the awkward tone-deafness of a guy singing the praises of his new girlfriend while the old one’s still in the apartment they shared for years. Either way, the Turner Field story isn’t so much a story of what was, but what could have been.Fri, 30 Sep7:35 PM EDTDetroit at AtlantaPreview Game
- Liz Roscher at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been yanking their rookie pitcher Julio Urias around a bit this month. At the beginning of September, Urias was starting for the Dodgers. Then, on September 13, manager Dave Roberts said that they’d move Urias to the bullpen after his next start, meaning his start at Yankee Stadium would be his last of the season. But that’s not quite true, since the Dodgers have slotted him back into the rotation on Thursday, 16 days after they moved him to the bullpen.
You can watch Urias make his actual final start of the season when the Dodgers face the San Diego Padres, and you can watch it for free because it’s Yahoo Sports’ MLB Free Game of the Day! You can stream the game on Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index, video home and this very post. First pitch is at 9:10 p.m. ET. Local blackouts apply, per MLB rules.