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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It's difficult to put a positive spin on anything that's going on with the New York Yankees right now. Wednesday's 7-0 win in Baltimore aside, they have looked like a complete disaster through the first 25 games of the season, and they have few reasons for optimism on the horizon.
The Yankees have looked old. They've looked slow. And now comes word they will be without Alex Rodriguez for at least the next two weeks as he deals with a hamstring injury.Thu, 5 May7:05 PM EDTNY Yankees at BaltimorePreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole hasn't had the best week at work. After taking the loss in Monday's series opener against the Chicago Cubs, he watched his squad get swept in dominant fashion.
That's not good. However, like all people who find happiness in life, Cole was able to leave his work troubles behind and enjoyed a fun night of hockey with his fellow Pittsburgh Penguins fans.
As you can see, Cole was front and center at the Consol Energy Center sporting his Sidney Crosby jersey for Game 4 of the Penguins' series against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
Based on all of the photos and videos that were taken, it seems he had a really good time.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 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.
Everyone knew the Chicago Cubs were going to be very good this season. That's why way more pundits than usual were in agreement when predicting a World Series champion, with 44-percent actually picking the Cubs to win it all. That's also why Las Vegas continues making the Cubs the odds on favorite to end their historic championship drought.Thu, 5 May8:05 PM EDTWashington at Chi CubsPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
A selfie craze has taken over Major League Baseball.
On Tuesday night, a Cleveland Indians fan took perhaps the coolest selfie you'll ever see thanks to the Progressive Field videoboard. Now, just one day later, a fan at Marlins Park in Miami has taken perhaps the most opportunistic selfie you'll see after capturing a quick photo with Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Brandon Drury.
The unexpected photo op took place in the fifth inning when Miami's Martin Prado hit a pop up into shallow right field that drifted toward the stands. Drury, who was positioned near the line, had plenty of time to race over and make the play. However, he also ended up tumbling over the railing into the stands.
It was a very nice play, but it was quickly overshadowed by a quick-thinking fan named Blake, who took out his camera and made the scene into a selfie.Thu, 5 May6:10 PM EDTDetroit at ClevelandPreview Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew8 hrs ago
As we noted last week, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sits high on the list of skippers who are at risk of being fired during or immediately following the 2016 season.
With the Braves rebuilding ahead of their move to SunTrust Park, there's really no question they'll be going a different direction at Gonzalez's position. And with the team predictably struggling out of the gate (7-20), it's a matter of when, not if, that decision is made.
It's an awkward position for Gonzalez to be in. He's essentially a lame-duck manager overseeing an operation that isn't focused on the job he's doing. Along those same lines, it can't be easy to show up day after day not knowing whether it will be the last.
Now, it's likely to get even more uncomfortable based on this tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Wednesday.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
Have you ever wanted to watch a baseball game with Curt Schilling?
If the answer is yes, it sounds like your opportunity is coming very soon. Just be warned that it may cost you some of your hard-earned money.
With Schilling drawing little interest from other television networks following his firing from ESPN, it appears he's looking to go into business for himself. What that entailed exactly was a little fuzzy at first, but Schilling started spilling some of the details on social media on Wednesday.
What's clear is Schilling is hoping to watch games along with fans through the Periscope streaming video service. Essentially, Schilling would watch the game on his television and provide alternate commentary and analysis while his viewers watch both the game and his Periscope feed.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates wore the face of frustration on Wednesday after being overwhelmed by the Chicago Cubs for the third straight day. In losing to Chicago, 6-2, the Pirates were swept at PNC Park and fell to six games back in the NL Central.
As the game went along, their frustration became increasingly impossible to mask. We saw it in their body language, especially so when Sean Rodriguez engaged in a stare down with Chicago's Pedro Strop following a "quick pitch." And it came through in the voice of Andrew McCutchen, who after the game took aim at the official scorer for charging him with a questionable error.
#Pirates McCutchen on dropped fly: "Whoever scored that an error should be fired. That's unbelievable. I did everything I could to catch it"
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew11 hrs ago
Meet the fan with the strongest selfie game in baseball. His name is Kyle Chaboudy, he's a Cleveland Indians fan and at Tuesday night's game against the Detroit Tigers he snapped the coolest ballpark selfie we've ever seen.
Even if you hate selfies and people using their phones at baseball games (in this case, the game wasn't going, so shush), you have to admit this is on point. He shared it on Reddit and we're glad he did because you need to check it out:
The degree of difficulty here is pretty steep. Keep in mind that lots of people can't even get on the videoboard without looking goofy. Our dude Kyle not only avoided being awkward on the scoreboard, he nailed the second-screen part of this and snapped the perfect photo.
Look at the woman standing next to him. Her face says it all: "Woah!"
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- Israel Fehr at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Throwing to first base is probably the most routine play in baseball. Unless you're Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester, that is.
Lester has a complicated history with throwing to first, and his latest adventure came during Chicago's game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon. Lester snared a Francisco Cervelli comebacker in the second inning, but the ball got stuck in the webbing of his glove.
Instead of trying to wedge the ball out, Lester took his glove off and tossed it to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who dropped his own glove to catch Lester's and record the out. How did Lester know that would work? Somehow, the same exact thing happened to him last year.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton isn't just strong, he's apparently strong with The Force too. And he proved it on "Star Wars Day" — aka May the Fourth Be With You.
Stanton posted this enjoyably absurdInstagram video of himself working out in a Chewbacca mask. Just when you think it's only Stanton pumping iron and showing off his ridiculous muscles, the video evolves into something of an action skit.
We would have loved to see Stanton's hitting coach Barry Bonds in there as a grumpy Han Solo, but hey, that's what sequels are for, right?
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