Seamer Junaid returns to Lancashire - Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire this season as an overseas limited-overs signing. Seamer Khan returns to Lancashire - Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan will return to Lancashire this season as an overseas limited-overs signing. Ferguson to help pick new Man Utd boss - Liverpool plan summer transfer spree - Liverpool will hand boss Brendan Rodgers a significant summer transfer kitty following qualification for the Champions League. Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead (Yahoo Sports) - Patrick Marleau scored on a backhand 6:20 into overtime, and the San Jose Sharks moved to the brink of the second round with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night to take a 3-0 first-round series lead. Rookie Tomas Hertl tied it with 10:43 left in regulation for the Sharks, who survived a much-improved effort from their bitter California rivals after two blowout wins in San Jose. Marleau ended it for the Sharks with his third goal of the series. Antti Niemi stopped 28 shots for the Sharks. Wizards beat Bulls 101-99 in OT to take 2-0 lead (Yahoo Sports) - Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Washington rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter after blowing a 17-point first-quarter lead. Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards hung on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the foul line in the closing seconds. Jimmy Butler got the rebound and Chicago called time. DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors beat Nets 100-95 (Yahoo Sports) - DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds for his second straight playoff double-double and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece. Amir Johnson scored 16 points and Kyle Lowry had 14 as the Raptors rebounded from a 94-87 loss in Game 1. Patrick Patterson had 12 points and Greivis Vasquez finished with 11. Joe Johnson scored 18 points, Deron Williams had 15 and Mirza Teletovic 14 for the Nets, who will host Game 3 on Friday night. Canadiens sweep Lightning after 4-3 win (Yahoo Sports) - Max Pacioretty lifted the Montreal Canadiens into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday night with a power-play goal with 43 seconds remaining for a 4-3 victory and a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay. The first team to advance this year, the Canadiens also got goals from Daniel Briere, Brendan Gallagher and Lars Eller. Montreal now faces a long wait for the Eastern Conference semifinal against the winner of the Boston-Detroit series. Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series (Yahoo Sports) - Paul George scored 27 points and George Hill had all 15 of his points in the second half, leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-85 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. The Pacers and Hawks are tied at a game apiece heading into Game 3 in Atlanta on Thursday. Paul Millsap finished with 19 for Atlanta. The first 24 minutes looked like an exact duplicate of Game 1, but the Pacers pulled away with a 31-13 third quarter. Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2 (Yahoo Sports) - Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Angels first baseman became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help Los Angeles beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night. Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were both 32. As soon as he touched the plate, Pujols was greeted by his Angels teammates, who streamed over from the visiting dugout.

Site menu Big League Stew - MLB Resources
Main page Top Stories Baseball    - MLB    - NCAA Baseball NFL    - NCAA Football NBA    - NCAA basketball WNBA    - NCAA Women's Basketball BasketballLive Scores! NHL TennisLive Scores! Golf Motor Sports    - F1    - Motor Sports: CART    - Motor Sports: IRL    - Motor Sports: NASCAR SoccerLive Scores!    - MLS Swimmming Skiing Cycling Olympic Sports Horse Racing Poker

Videos

Bettor's Corner

All Blogs    - Shutdown Corner - NFL    - Big League Stew - MLB    - Ball Don't Lie - NBA    - Puck Daddy - NHL    - Dr. Saturday - NCAAF    - The Dagger - NCAAB    - From the Marbles - NASCAR    - Devil Ball Golf - Golf    - Roto Arcade - Fantasy    - Cagewriter - MMA
David Price hit by line drive in cup and says he doesn't even feel it [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 3:15 am]
For those who have never experienced the pain of getting hit in the male genitalia, let's just say, "good for you." Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price got hit there Tuesday night on a line drive by Joe Mauer but says, somewhat incredulously, that he didn't feel a thing. Price was wearing a protective cup (which not all major leaguers do, but most infielders do) and it protected him from unspeakable pain and perhaps worse in the top of the fourth inning. Mauer turned around a 77 mph breaking pitch, hitting it squarely right back at Price, who could not get his glove in position in time to protect his groin. Price reflexively dropped to his knees after getting hit, but only for an instant, and he was back on his feet walking after the ball, which had deflected and come to a stop near the midpoint between third base and the mound. Price's gait suggested someone who had been stunned, but not necessarily injured. Mauer was aboard with a single and the Rays athletic training staff came out to check on Price. Amazingly, and thankfully, he shook it off. Via the Tampa Bay Times: "I guess it's the best place to hit me," Price said. "I don't know how I didn't really feel it or it didn't break my cup. I'm extremely lucky. If that ball is 2 feet up it's in my face or in my throat. It's not good. So it's probably one of the last places I wanted to get hit, but I was very fortunate for it to not hurt." Astro will be relieved. Getting hit there didn't seem to affect how he pitched. Price's team led 4-1 at the time of the Mauer liner, and he tossed a complete game, finishing with 12 strikeouts and one walk in a 7-3 victory for the Rays. Joe Mauer even joked about it, dryly, as other Minnesotans might: "I'm glad he's okay," Mauer said. "But he could have taken the rest of the night off if he needed." Well played, Mauer. Pretty well played, anyway. (Actually, he can be funnier. Maybe next time. Not that he has to hit a line drive off Chris Sale's groin to find out.) More MLB c

Umpires use replay to check count on Yunel Escobar — and still get it wrong [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 2:31 am]
Your browser does not support iframes. When it's all said and done, this is going to be remembered as the worst moment in the history of umpiring in the video replay era. Or else, if there's anything worse coming down the pike, heaven help us all. Umpires at Tropicana Field lost track of the count in the fifth inning Tuesday night with Yunel Escobar of the Tampa Bay Rays at bat, and when they checked video replay they still got it wrong. Right-hander Samuel Deduno of the Minnesota Twins was credited with a strikeout when Escobar should have drawn a walk. The gaffe did not affect the outcome of the game, won 7-3 by the Rays, but it ought to cast a shadow on everything that MLB is doing with replay. Major League Baseball wasted no time in acknowledging the grievous mistake made by whomever was watching back at replay headquarters in New York when umpires asked for help. ''An error was made when replay officials and supervisors mistakenly thought one of the pitches was a foul ball when it was actually a ball,'' MLB said in a statement. That probably would be the 2-1 pitch that Escobar checked his swing on, and that bounced off the mitt of Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki to the backstop. The stadium's scoreboard operator apparently assumed that Escobar fouled off the ball and, at full speed from a straight-away angle, it looked like he might have. But here's where it gets kooky: After his checked swing, Escobar checked with home plate umpire Paul Schreiber for the count, and Schreiber referred to the ball-strike counter that all major league umps carry in their hand. He went with what the scoreboard apparently said — 2-2. Wrong. Here's a bit of speculation on what else was happening: • Schreiber himself didn't know if Escobar had fouled off the pitch in question, and became immediately confused about the count. He didn't ask for help at the point of Escobar's inquiry because it would have been embarrassing to do so. • Escobar, who is from Cuba and whose first language

Angels say Albert Pujols called his shots on 499th and 500th homers [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 23, 2014, 1:23 am]
We're never going to know for sure if Babe Ruth really called his shot and hit a home run against the Cubs in the 1933 World Series. It's fun to think he did. And we know it's possible, because others have done it. Albert Pujols did it Tuesday night, his teammates on the Los Angeles Angels said, before he hit career homers Nos. 499 and 500 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Reporter Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register gives us the data: “He said he was going to hit two homers and drive in five runs,” Erick Aybar said. Added Mike Trout: “If Albert tells you something, he’s going to do it.” Sure enough, Pujols belted a three-run homer in the first inning and a towering, 430-foot two-run blast in the fifth to become the 26th player in major league history to hit 500 homers. Pujols even counted his future RBIs correctly. He's a witch! It makes you wonder what else he's predicted. But here's the weird part about Albert going all NostraPujols and predicting he'd become the 26th player in major league history to reach 500 home runs later that night: Somehow, his wife didn't have any idea. Not only was she not with the club on this leg of the Angels road trip, but Mrs. Pujols was — Fletcher writes — "getting her nails done back home" at the moment her husband connected for No. 500. Did they not even have the game on TV inside of the beauty parlor? Maybe they don't have TVs there, so it's not like a Sport Clips, with the mani and pedi. It's all just so ho-hum. Albert predicted he would homer twice, and he did. So it's no surprise to him. Mrs. Pujols wasn't with the team, and probably didn't even see it happen live on TV, because she was doing her nails. Major League Baseball did issue special balls with markings in case the historical homer ever needs authenticating. And yet the fan who caught the homer didn't want anything for the ball. So it prompts the question: "Who ever would fake Albert Pujols's 500th home-run ball?" Was this just not a

Jose Fernandez gets 14 strikeouts and big praise from Braves [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 11:46 pm]
Your browser does not support iframes. A season ago, the Atlanta Braves didn't know what to make of rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez. After he shut them down Tuesday night, they fell over each other heaping praise on one of the game's top young players. Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts, allowing three hits (all singles) and walking none over eight innings, combining with closer Steve Cishek for a 1-0 victory by the Miami Marlins. He didn't hit any home runs this time, but Fernandez also went 1 for 3 at the plate. The Braves expressed no sour grapes whatsoever. Nothing like, "We missed our chances," or "The ump was blind," or "Lucky kid." Via the Associated Press and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it was all happy talk. • "He pitched amazing. We went up against a buzz saw today" — Chris Johnson • Braves hitters "were coming back shaking their heads" — Manager Fredi Gonzalez • "He's got the capability of running those type of games out every time he goes out"— Gonzalez • "It sucks to be on the wrong end of it, but from a pitching standpoint it doesn’t get any more fun than that – I think he’ll probably tell you the same thing" — Alex Wood. And also, from his couch, Chipper Jones: Wow. Guys like this make me glad I retired. He is D-irt-eeee! — Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) April 23, 2014 A cynic might wonder: What are they getting at? What happened this past September definitely seemed like bygones, when Hernandez hit his first major league home run against the Braves, who didn't seem to like him very much. Fernandez tangled with Brian McCann and Johnson over some unwritten rules violations, which otherwise overshadowed Fernandez's fine performance. Fernandez and Johnson even seemed to spit at each other as Fernandez rounded the third-base bag. McCann blocked Fernandez from going to the dugout until he heard what McCann had to say. Of course, the Braves had ignored teammate Evan Gattis staring at a home run that he had hit

Fan who caught Pujols 500th home run wants nothing in return [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 8:32 pm]
Tom Sherrill of Pomona, Calif., a 29-year-old Los Angeles Angels fan and a staff sergeant in the Air Force, is the person who caught Albert Pujols's 500th career home run Tuesday night. And what did he want from the Los Angeles Angels in return for handing it over? Nothing. "I'll take whatever they want to give me, but I'm not going to be picky. I just want to make sure that Albert gets the ball. I'm just happy to be a part of it," Sherrill told Angels broadcasters Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza on Fox Sports West. How remarkable is that? Considering the small ransoms some fans charged for a home run hit by Barry Bonds when he was chasing (and surpassing) Hank Aaron, it's pretty refreshing to hear a guy with the ball say he was just happy to be there. Sherrill did insist on something before he met with Pujols: He talked security into bringing the guy who had the ball bounce off his belly & his kids to get their pictures taken with Albert. Awesome— Mike Ferrin (@MikeFerrinSXM) April 23, 2014 As for souvenirs, Sherrill at least walked away with an Angels cap. Was it game-used? Does it have Albert sweat? Not sure. Plus, Gubicza and Rojas said they'd give him four tickets to any game he wanted. So he's not walking away empty handed for swag. But he also appeared to go into the situation with the right attitude: It's all about the experience of being involved. That always will be the best part, no matter what parting gifts the Angels include. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter!  

Albert Pujols hits home run No. 500 [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 7:39 pm]
Your browser does not support iframes.Twenty-six men in major league history have hit at least 500 home runs — 26 men and one "Machine." Albert Pujols connected for two homers in his first three at-bats Tuesday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., giving him 500 for his career. He went deep for a three-run homer to left in the first inning and, after striking out in the top of the second, followed with a long two-run shot to center in the fourth. Pujols is the first player ever to hit homers No. 499 and 500 in the same game. Both came against right-hander Taylor Jordan. His homers helped give the Los Angeles Angels a 7-2 lead against the Nationals. Regardless, Pujols got a largely standing ovation from the Washington crowd. At 34 years old and coming off two down seasons for him because of injuries, Pujols leads the majors in 2014 with eight homers. Pujols has lost some of his luster since coming over from the St. Louis Cardinals, where he became the only player in major league history to bat at least .300 with 30 or more home runs and 100 RBIs in his first 10 seasons. (Yeah, two of those stats are batting average and RBIs, but color me impressed anyway.) The Angels haven't been nearly as successful with Pujols as the Cardinals have been without him over the past two seasons, but he's still one of the greatest players in history. By the time he retires, how many will have been better hitters? Twenty? Fifteen? And for a time, Pujols was a very good defensive first baseman. Eddie Murray, next on the all-time list with 504 homers, is one of 16 in the 500-home run club who also are in the Hall of Fame. Adam Dunn of the White Sox, with 443 home runs, is behind on the active list. And let's not forget that Alex Rodriguez leads active players with 654 homers — no matter how many asterisks you want to put next to them. Pujols never has had any serious PED shadows following him, the Jack Clark charges included, but he'll always be tied to the era in which he pla

Nine MLB stars off to a disappointing start [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 3:45 pm]
Yes, it's still very early in the season. So early that a couple of hot days at the plate can turn a disappointing batting average into a somewhat respectable one. So early that every statistical analysis comes with the requisite "small-sample size" warning. But still, when you're a reigning MVP or home-run champ or a big-money offseason free agent, you're going to be judged by your output right away. Here we are, three weeks into the season, and there are definitely some disappointments around MLB, a couple of whom may surprise you. Flip through the slideshow above to check out nine of baseball's early season disappointments. Maybe Miguel Cabrera will get his mojo back by the time you're done. If anybody can do it, it's him. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

Tony Gwynn 'doing good' on medical leave from San Diego State coaching job [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 3:40 pm]
MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has missed the past 19 games as head coach of San Diego State's baseball program while regaining strength and recovering from ongoing cancer treatments. Gwynn had kept the news quiet since March 24, apparently until Fox 5 in San Diego reported Monday that he was on medical leave. Gwynn told the San Diego Union-Tribune that while he's "doing good," he's not sure when he'll be able to return to the Aztecs. Gwynn, who had surgery on his mouth in 2012, has suspected that his cancer comes from chewing tobacco. He turns 54 years old May 9. Assistant coach Mark Martinez runs the team now, as he has other times Gwynn has been unable. Gwynn, who has coached for 12 years since retiring from the San Diego Padres in 2001, has enacted a policy that doesn't allow anyone associated with the SDSU team but him to talk about his personal health issues. His comments to the U-T were made to sound positive, but they also are vague: When reached by phone [Tuesday] morning, Gwynn said, “I have no comment, other than to say I’m doing good. That’s all I can say. But nobody believes me because there hasn’t been any information out there. But, trust me, I’m doing good.” There are four weeks remaining in the regular season, but it remains to be seen if Gwynn feels well enough to be back in time to finish out the year. “That I don’t know,” said Gwynn. “That’s the truth. I don’t know. I know I’ll be back to talk to the team. I just don’t know if I’ll be back coaching. I don’t know.” It's the toughest spot in the world if you are Gwynn, obviously, and it's also sad and awkward for the players and those work for the team and the SDSU athletics department. The Aztecs are enjoying their best season in perhaps 30 years, sporting a 28-12 record before their game Tuesday night against Cal State Northridge, which is to be played at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Gwynn is the biggest reason the program is successful, yet he can't fully participate

John Farrell: Take replay challenge power away from managers [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 1:18 pm]
No other major league manager has been more critical of the new video review system than John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox. He's not just complaining to complain, although the Red Sox seem to have gotten the short end on some big calls so far. Regardless of how it's affected his team, Farrell made a necessary point to MLB Network Radio on Sirius/XM on Tuesday: Taking away challenge power from managers surely will speed up the game's pace, even with replay a part remaining of the process going forward: "I think they should just take it out of the managers' hands. So, you're not going to slow the game down. If there's someone that's reviewing every play going on, then you send down the message, 'Hey, reverse that call.' You're eliminating the manager walking out, so hopefully that wouldn't slow things down, but you're also governing it within the umpire's group. If the umpires are using video as another way of getting the calls right, then, you know what? It keeps it in your hands." While it's not realistic to expect a manager never to challenge — small "C" — a close call or say, "That should be reviewed," Farrell is definitely onto something. The power and accountability should be with the umpires. Replay should be a tool that helps them make more accurate calls. If a fifth umpire were part of the rotation at games, in the press box, working with replay HQ in New York, we would be another step toward replay fulfilling its intentions. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter!

Silly theory that could be true: Dr. James Andrews turned Matt Harvey into a dog [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 12:28 pm]
Here's what we know: • Matt Harvey works for the New York Mets. • Harvey had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery six months ago Tuesday. • Dr. James Andrews reportedly performed that surgery. • Harvey tweeted a photo of himself in recovery wearing a surgical gown featuring an animal's paw — as baseball beat writer Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News noted. • An aside: The photo also featured Harvey extending his left middle finger in jest. • Perhaps pressured by his employer, Harvey deleted the tweet from his Twitter history. • Not stopping there, Harvey deleted his entire Twitter account, which has been the focal point of disagreement in the past between the pitcher and the Mets. • The Mets have shown a dislike for Harvey talking. • Matt Harvey has not otherwise been heard from since. • It is a curious thing for a hospital serving humans to have its patients wear gowns adorned with an animal's paw. • If you do a certain kind of internet search for "Dr. Andrews Vet," the photo above of Dr. Andrew Turkell appears. No, he is not James Andrews, but he is a doctor and he's wearing O.R. scrubs with a similar "paw" logo to those worn by Matt Harvey in post-op. A groggy surgical patient easily could be confused. • Next to the doctor and in front of an ominous-looking tube — big enough for a fully grown human to fit — is some kind of poodle-spaniel. Unless it's former Mets closer Armando Benitez. Possible conclusion: Matt Harvey has been turned into a dog by someone he thought was Dr. James Andrews. More on this as it develops. More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter!

Report: Martin Maldonado suspended five games after Brewers-Pirates brawl [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 11:40 am]
We're still awaiting official word from MLB on all the fallout from Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. But ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting one of the suspensions. Martin Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher who was seen throwing some big punches, will be suspended five games and fined $2,500, according to Olney. Maldonado, as you can see below, connected with the biggest blows in the fracas and left Travis Snider of the Pirates with a very visible black eye. Further suspensions and fines are expected to be announced Tuesday by the league. Carlos Gomez, whose near home run sparked the brawl, is among the players who could be facing punishment. He and Snider were ejected. Pirates catcher Russell Martin — who later challenged Maldonado to a charity fight — may also be punished. Maldonado's suspension, however, figures to be the most severe because of the punches he threw. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

Four players suspended after Brewers-Pirates brawl; Gerrit Cole escapes unpunished [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 11:40 am]
Major League Baseball suspended and fined four players on Tuesday, punishment from the Easter Sunday brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The brawl was sparked when Carlos Gomez of the Brewers hit a triple off Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole. Gomez admired it momentarily, thinking it was a homer. Cole had words with Gomez after he slid into third. Gomez charged Cole and both benches cleared. Travis Snider and Russell Martin of the Pirates and Martin Maldonado of the Brewers were central figures in the on-field fight, with Maldonado most notably punching Snider in the face.  The league fined Gomez, Snider, Martin and Maldonado each an undisclosed amount and threw down these suspensions: • Gomez — three games• Maldonado — five games• Snider — two games• Martin — one game Cole wasn't fined or suspended for his involvement, which was a surprise to some people, but he didn't do anything except talk to Gomez. Players can appeal their suspensions and play until there's a ruling. Gomez plans to appeal, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher, was fined $2,500. As you can see below, Maldonado connected the biggest punches in the fight and left Travis Snider of the Pirates with a very visible black eye. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz We're still awaiting official word from MLB on all the fallout from Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers. But ESPN's Buster Olney is reporting one of the suspensions. Martin Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher who was seen throwing some big punches, will be suspended five games and fined $2,500, according to Olney. Maldonado, as you can see below, connected with the biggest blows in the fracas and left Travis Snider of the Pirates with a ver

Four players suspended after Brewers-Pirates brawl; Gerrit Cole not punished [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 11:40 am]
Major League Baseball suspended and fined four players on Tuesday, punishment from the Easter Sunday brawl between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The brawl was sparked when Carlos Gomez of the Brewers hit a triple off Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole. Gomez admired it momentarily, thinking it was a homer. Cole had words with Gomez after he slid into third. Gomez charged Cole and both benches cleared. Travis Snider and Russell Martin of the Pirates and Martin Maldonado of the Brewers were central figures in the on-field fight, with Maldonado most notably punching Snider in the face.  The league fined Gomez, Snider, Martin and Maldonado each an undisclosed amount and threw down these suspensions: • Gomez — three games• Maldonado — five games• Snider — two games• Martin — one game Cole wasn't fined or suspended for his involvement, which was a surprise to some people, but he didn't do anything except talk to Gomez. Players can appeal their suspensions and continue to play until there's a ruling. Gomez plans to appeal, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Maldonado, the Brewers backup catcher, was fined $2,500. As you can see below, Maldonado connected the biggest punches in the fight and left Travis Snider of the Pirates with a very visible black eye. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

Matt Harvey extends greetings, along with a middle finger, on Twitter [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 10:40 am]
Matt Harvey says he "can't believe it's been six months already" since Dr. James Andrews performed Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on his right arm. To commemorate the anniversary Tuesday, or half-anniversary, Harvey sent a NSFW tweet of a vintage photo — which he since has deleted — of him laying in recovery at the hospital. Gown and cap. With his left middle finger extended. Nottafinga! [UPDATE: First the tweet, and now Harvey's entire Twitter account seems to have been deleted. Hopefully, Harvey himself won't be deleted next.] The New York Mets must not have liked it. Perhaps grandmothers everywhere wouldn't like it. Maybe you don't like it, because it's vulgar. But look at it this way, imagine the outrage if somebody we "didn't like" — such as Bryce Harper, or heaven forbid Yasiel Puig or Carlos Gomez, sent a similar photo. Heck, if Puig had posted himself giving the finger to Twitter, secret authorities might be repatriating him to Cuba at this very moment. (Well, "Cuba.") But we "like" Harvey, so "we" let it go. Here's what Harvey probably was thinking: "I'm not going to let this surgery get me down, no matter how daunting the task might be of rehabbing and returning to the mound. [The heck with you], Tommy John surgery!" And that's not a bad sentiment to have at all. Plus, among people of Harvey's age, there's an irreverent, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin way of being that's a little more... well, irreverent. Plus also too, the Mets seem — from the outside — kind of oppressive when it comes to speech. They've gotten on Harvey's case before about what he says, how he says it and who he talks to, so they've helped cultivate a bit of a rebel here. Not that Harvey was sticking his middle finger at Mets management. Nobody is saying that. Well, somebody might be saying that somewhere. Somebody's probably doing that somewhere.   More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Hav

Garrett Richards pitches to himself using wall behind home plate [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 9:10 am]
Your browser does not support iframes. Countless kids across North America have pitched baseballs against brick walls with a strike zone box painted over an imagined home plate. That's all Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards was doing Monday night at Nationals Park — reminiscing — when he uncorked two errant pitches in one at-bat against Washington's Denard Span. Both pitches missed the mark so badly that they bounced hard off the brick wall behind home plate. The second pitch, for ball four, bounced so hard it went all of the way back to Richards on the mound. Who needs a catcher, anyway? The reactions of the umpire, Angels catcher Chris Iannetta and the fans behind the screen were the best part. The fans acted like they were on a roller-coaster ride at Disneyland. Gee, does this happen every time the Angels come to town?! Span tried smiling at Richards while taking his base, but Richards was still in competitive beast mode so he didn't give much of a reaction to Span's reaction. I guess if you're the pitcher in that situation, it's more embarrassing and frustrating than amusing. Not to us, though. Regardless of the outcome of that at-bat, Richards pitched pretty well again, lowering his ERA to 2.52 after giving up one run and one hit, along with four walks and a wild pitch — not that either of the Span pitches counted as wild, as no one was on base at the time. "Hey, what about my six strikeouts?" he might say? (He also had six strikeouts.) The wall behind the plate at Nationals park is so springy, it probably reminded Richards of this product: In fact, Franklin Sporting Goods might want to think about marketing these pitch returns in the style of anyone's favorite ballpark. The actual national-park looking stone of Nationals Park, red brick for Wrigley Field, etc. The Garrett Richards Pitch Return! (Please send all royalties to Yahoo Sports, c/o Big League Stew.) Big BLS H/N: SB Nation   More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - Da

Chris Sale goes on DL with sore arm but MRI says no ligament damage [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 8:15 am]
Because he's skinny and has an unorthodox-looking delivery, left-hander Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox frequently is said to be walking a fine line between dominance and needing a new elbow ligament. So when Sale came up sore after his most recent start, a 127-pitch effort against the Boston Red Sox this past week, and later went on the disabled list, White Sox's fans worst fears seemed on the verge of becoming real. But the preliminary read on Sale's MRI has the ligament in his elbow looking "excellent," general manager Rick Hahn said, via CSN Chicago: “We believe we are dealing with a flexor mass strain of the muscle of his left arm. Similar to what we dealt with coincidentally in Detroit two years ago as well as a little bit last year actually. So, at this point, we figured we are much better off having him miss the start here in Detroit and miss the start against Tampa Bay and then re-evaluate. Hopefully the recovery from this goes as smoothly as the last couple of times we’ve dealt with this and he’s able to take the ball when his 15 days are up.” That sound you might hear is the South Side of Chicago weeping with joy. "It's not Tommy John! It's not Tommy John!" Sale's chart over at Brooks Baseball shows a noticeable and uncharacteristic dip in his velocity, along with an unusual lack of consistent command against the Red Sox. Sale was effective in terms of runs allowed, but he also was all over the place, with his pitch speed and location. A possible warning sign of an injury. And here one is. At least it's not a torn UCL. Sale already had established himself as one of the best pitchers in the league the past two seasons, and with a 2.30 ERA, 29 strikeouts and only 16 hits allowed in four starts so far, he was proving it again. The White Sox obviously cannot afford to lose him. Even if they had the worst team in the league, they couldn't afford it, because Sale is worth watching every time he plays. "It’s something we have dealt with before

Chris Sale goes on DL with sore arm but MRI shows no ligament damage [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 8:15 am]
Because he's skinny and has an unorthodox-looking delivery, left-hander Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox frequently is said to be walking a fine line between dominance and needing a new elbow ligament. So when Sale came up sore after his most recent start, a 127-pitch effort against the Boston Red Sox this past week, and later went on the disabled list, White Sox's fans worst fears seemed on the verge of becoming real. But the preliminary read on Sale's MRI has the ligament in his elbow looking "excellent," general manager Rick Hahn said, via CSN Chicago: “We believe we are dealing with a flexor mass strain of the muscle of his left arm. Similar to what we dealt with coincidentally in Detroit two years ago as well as a little bit last year actually. So, at this point, we figured we are much better off having him miss the start here in Detroit and miss the start against Tampa Bay and then re-evaluate. Hopefully the recovery from this goes as smoothly as the last couple of times we’ve dealt with this and he’s able to take the ball when his 15 days are up.” That sound you might hear is the South Side of Chicago weeping with joy. "It's not Tommy John! It's not Tommy John!" Sale's chart over at Brooks Baseball shows a noticeable and uncharacteristic dip in his velocity, along with an unusual lack of consistent command against the Red Sox. Sale was effective in terms of runs allowed, but he also was all over the place, with his pitch speed and location. A possible warning sign of an injury. And here one is. At least it's not a torn UCL. With the spate of Tommy John surgeries in this and  recent seasons around MLB, Sale's surgery seemed even more inevitable. Perhaps it still does. Sale already had established himself as one of the best pitchers in the league the past two seasons, and with a 2.30 ERA, 29 strikeouts and only 16 hits allowed in four starts so far, he was proving it again. The White Sox obviously cannot afford to lose him. Even if they had the w

This kid got a foul ball at the Rockies game and his reaction is priceless (Video) [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 22, 2014, 12:26 am]
Every kid who goes to an MLB game has that moment where he or she hopes to grab a foul ball. Heck, even adults do. When fans get their hands on a ball, the reactions usually range from jumping around to high-fives and fist pumps. This kid at Monday's San Francisco Giants-Colorado Rockies game, however, was so dumbfounded by actually having an MLB ball in his hand that he couldn't do anything but stare it it. He sat there in awe for a solid 15 seconds at least. Good stuff, young man. May every fan be as awe-struck by the game as you. Credit, also, to the adult fan in front of the kid who appears to have given him the ball. May every fan be as generous as you.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

The Grand Slam: In a clash of young stars, 41-year-old Raul Ibanez is the winner [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 21, 2014, 11:19 pm]
All eyes were on Mike Trout and Bryce Harper as two of baseball's brightest stars played against each other for the first time, but it was Raul Ibanez who stole the show Monday night. Ibanez, the 41-year-old veteran who is almost as old as Trout (22) and Harper (21) combined, delivered a three-run pinch hit double in the eighth inning. It broke a 1-1 tie and gave the visiting Los Angeles Angels a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals, who were able to tack on one run in the ninth, but no more. ''These guys make me feel young,'' Ibanez said. ''And I have five kids at home. They're 12 and under, and I'm the biggest kid in the house, really. I feel right at home around these guys who are 22, 24, 25 years old. They definitely keep you young.'' As for the young guys in the game, Trout was 2-for-5 in the Angels win, while Harper was 0-for-3 with a walk. Perhaps they'll be bigger factors Tuesday when Tyler Skaggs pitches for the Angels against Taylor Jordan for the Nats. EVAN GATTIS BAILS OUT CRAIG KIMBREL IN BRAVES WIN: Usually, when the Atlanta Braves bring Craig Kimbrel out of the bullpen with a lead, there's a pretty good chance they're going to win. They did Monday night — beating the Miami Marlins 4-2 — but the victory had a little more drama than Braves fans expected. Kimbrel, in his second straight shaky outing, blew a save, giving up the tying run and sending the game into extra innings. Luckily for Kimbrel, Evan Gattis is on his team, a guy who can hit the baseball very, very far. That's what Gattis did in the 10th inning, knocking a two-run, walk-off homer.  Much earlier in the game, Julio Teheran turned in another good start for Atlanta, because that's all Braves pitchers seem to do these days. Teheran pitched seven innings, striking out eight and giving up one run on five hits. CLIFF LEE, DEALIN': Cliff Lee came to L.A. and had the Dodgers seeing stars. Lee struck out 10 in eight innings as his Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers 7-0. The Dodgers m

Ike Davis hits 2nd grand slam of season against Reds — this one with broken bat [Yahoo! Sports: Blogs: April 21, 2014, 8:45 pm]
Your browser does not support iframes. Now that he's with the Pittsburgh Pirates, slugger Ike Davis doesn't even require a properly functioning bat in order to go deep. Just make sure the Cincinnati Reds are the opponent and the bases are loaded — and he's good to go. Davis connected for a grand slam for the second time this season against the Reds, despite breaking his bat on the swing, helping the Pirates take a lead and eventually win 6-5. In his third game for the Pirates since coming over from the New York Mets in a trade this past week, Davis took right-hander Mike Leake into the first row in right field at PNC Park in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-2 lead. Davis has two home runs this season and both are slams. On April 5 while still with the Mets and caught in a numbers game for playing time, Davis went deep against J.J. Hoover for a walk-off slam in the bottom of ninth at Citi Field. That one was a little more dramatic, and his bat stayed constituted for it. Davis didn't have anything to do with the Bucs' tie-breaking rally in the ninth, but Hoover coincidentally picked up the loss again. It was a double win for Davis because he didn't have to wear the Mets' "Military Monday" camo uniforms. Davis stands to get plenty of starts for the Pirates when a right-handed pitcher goes, so it's likely that he'll have more home runs this season that are not necessarily grand slams. But if he went deep, say, 15 times and all of them scored four runs a pop, the Bucs probably would take it. Even though it would be weird. Or, the Pirates could start some kind of "Pay Ike Forward" game and trade him to a team that's coming up on the Reds schedule, to see if he can hit a grand slam for them, too. Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, what will you give general manager Neal Huntington for Ike Davis? More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on





©2014 Spartacus - Contact us - Disclaimer