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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago
The situation was no joking matter then. In fact, emotions and tensions in Baltimore were so high that members of the National Guard were brought to help usher a peaceful conclusion.
It should go without saying that the subject remains no laughing matter one year later. The Baltimore community felt a real loss, and it's still struggling to understand how a 25-year-old man lost his life under such troubling circumstances.
Unfortunately, longtime Chicago sportscaster Bruce Wolf appeared to not fully understand how sensitive the subject remains, not only in Baltimore, but worldwide. That, or he no regard for such feelings, because during Friday night's White Sox-Orioles game in Baltimore, he tweeted this.LiveChi White Sox7 - 7BaltimoreFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
It's not often that a triple play isn't among the top three or even top five most interesting things to happen in a major-league game, but that may have been the case Friday night in Milwaukee.
As the record will show, the Brewers did in fact turn a beautiful 5-4-3 around-the-horn triple play during their 6-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. It happened in the fifth inning, when Miami's Marcell Ozuna hit a sharp ground ball to third baseman Aaron Hill. After Hill stepped on third, he fired to second baseman Yadiel Rivera, who then fired to first baseman Chris Carter.
It was done with such a crispness that we dare say the Brewers made it look easy. Perhaps that's one reason why people weren't buzzing like they were for this wild White Sox triple play from last weekend.LiveMiami7 - 5MilwaukeeFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
As Ichiro Suzuki closes in on his 3,000th career hit in Major League Baseball, he's also collecting a few other milestones along the way. That includes a pretty big one that was reached during Friday's 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the first inning, Ichiro reached base with career hit No. 2,944, which moved him into 33rd place on MLB's all-time list ahead of Frank Robinson. What happened immediately after was an even bigger deal, as Ichiro became just the 38th player in MLB history to reach 500 stolen bases.
Ichiro was off to the races against Milwaukee starter Zach Davies, stealing second base with relative ease. It was his second stolen base of the 2015 season, and his 699th overall when you factor in his nine seasons playing in Japan.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
If George Steinbrenner was still alive, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi would probably be fielding a lot of questions about his job security these days. Not that Girardi’s job should be in jeopardy, but Steinbrenner, the late Yankees owner, was never shy about making a change in leadership in the dugout when his team was faltering and right now the Yankees simply aren’t very good.They are in last place in the American League East Division and searching for answers on the mound and at the plate.LiveNY Yankees0 - 8BostonFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
It turns out Alex Rodriguez wasn't the only slugger to make a young fan's night during Friday's Yankees-Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
According to current MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar, his former Red Sox teammate, David Ortiz, promised a sick child named Maverick that he would hit a home run during that game. Ortiz then proceeded to deliver in the eighth inning, smashing a two-run opposite-field home run against Dellin Betances that proved to be the game-winner in Boston's 4-2 victory.
The story is pretty amazing, and it was chronicled in full on Millar's Twitter account.
First, we meet young Maverick and learn a little of his story.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew10 hrs ago
If you're looking for a feel-good story to start your Saturday, allow us to tell you how New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez made the day of a young Boston Red Sox fan named David Moss.
As Chris Landers from MLB's Cut 4 tells us, the story actually goes back to last season, when David's father, Andy Moss, was diagnosed with cancer. Andy had hoped to bring his family to Fenway Park just one time so his young son could meet his hero, David Ortiz. Unfortunately, he didn't live long enough to see that dream come true, as he succumbed to his disease last September.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 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 New York Mets offense remained red hot on Friday, scoring a team-record 12 runs in the third inning to help them securea 13-1 blowout victory against the San Francisco Giants.
Not surprisingly, it was Yoenis Cespedes who led the historic charge. In the third inning alone, he collected six RBIs. That included a two-run single early in the frame, and it concluded with a 355-foot grand slam that may go down as his shortest home run of the season.
When things are going well, those extra feet seem to go your way. That would sum up how things are going for both Cespedes and the Mets right now.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
The Miami Marlins needed something positive on Friday to take their minds off Dee Gordon's 80-game PED suspension.
Enter 26-year-old left-hander Adam Conley, who answered the call by nearly making history.
Making only his 16th career start, Conley fired 7 2/3 innings of no-hit baseball in Miami's 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. The only thing that stood between him and a chance at history was his high pitch count. Manager Don Mattingly elected to pull Conley with 116 pitches, leaving it up to reliever Jose Urena to record the final four outs.
Ironically, it turns out the only thing that may have kept Urena from completing history was Dee Gordon's absence. With one out in the ninth inning, Jonathan Lucroy broke up the no-no with a soft pop up to short right field that just barely eluded the reach of new second baseman Derek Dietrich.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Like everyone else, Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper had a few thoughts about Dee Gordon's 80-game suspension stemming from a positive test for two banned d rugs, exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol .
Speaking to the media before Friday's game in St. Louis, Harper expressed surprise and disappointment in Gordon, whom he also cited as one of the most exciting players to watch and play against.
Nothing out of the ordinary or too controversial there. The general consensus has been along those very same lines, so Harper just followed suit.
The media had another question on its mind though. They were curious whether Harper feels slighted now after losing last season's NL batting championship to Gordon by a mere three points. The obvious inclination being that the outcome may have been manipulated if Gordon had one or both banned drugs in his system at any point last season.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
When the Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled new uniforms back in December, they did so acknowledging that they were being aggressive. According to team president and CEO Derrick Hall, they were aiming to create a style that had never been seen before, while finding a way to appeal to all segments of the fan base.
“We always challenge ourselves to make sure that we are as pioneering and as innovating as any team in sports — we try to be,” Hall said at the time. “We looked at an opportunity when it comes to baseball to really advance the look of uniforms.
The effort was appreciated, but the response has been far less positive. In fact, in the opinion of many, the designs have been a big swing-and-miss. In particular, fans do not like the odd color combinations associated with their newest alternate road uniform.LiveColorado2 - 2ArizonaFollow Game