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The Javelinas dropped the AFL opener yesterday in Surprise. Cory Spangenberg went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Austin Hedges went 2-for-4. Unfortunately, Adys Portillo didn't have a great day on the mound when he came in ...
The Javelinas dropped the AFL opener yesterday in Surprise. Cory Spangenberg went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored while Austin Hedges went 2-for-4. Unfortunately, Adys Portillo didn't have a great day on the mound when he came in to pitch the 6th inning. After loading the bases with two outs, he went behind 3-1 in the count to Saguaros hitter Mitch Haniger and then gave up a grand slam to the left fielder to put Surprise up 7-3. The Javs got two more runs in the 8th inning to close the gap and then Hedged led off the 9th with a single, but the run never came home and the Saguaros held on for the 7-6 victory. Today the Javs host the Saguaros in Peoria. Tommy Medica, batting in the 3-spot and playing first base, is the lone Padres representative in the starting lineup today. The game is already underway, scoreless in the 1st, and you can follow along with Gameday.
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I was going to do this in all caps, but then I remembered that would be a bad idea. Anyway, we're in the ALCS, where we're going to kick some ass, and then on to the World Series where we'll kick even more ass. Normal rules apply, no...
I was going to do this in all caps, but then I remembered that would be a bad idea. Anyway, we're in the ALCS, where we're going to kick some ass, and then on to the World Series where we'll kick even more ass. Normal rules apply, no religion, politics or testicles. With all of the postseason celebration going on elsewhere in the site, maybe this is where we should talk about who we make moves for in the offseason? I think we need to do everything we can to retain Salty, he seems like he's the most intelligent catcher on the market, and I think that's a drastically underrated skill in baseball. I'd also like to retain John McDonald as our backup infielder. Thoughts?
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The biggest shining light on an otherwise miserable Marlins season was the fantastic performance of Rookie of the Year hopeful Jose Fernandez. More awe-inspiring than his terrific rookie campaign was the touching story that brought the 1...
The biggest shining light on an otherwise miserable Marlins season was the fantastic performance of Rookie of the Year hopeful Jose Fernandez. More awe-inspiring than his terrific rookie campaign was the touching story that brought the 15 year old Cuban to the United States. As the Marlins enter the 2013-14 offseason, one of the more interesting storylines might continue to revolve around Cuban defects. While the 21 year old Fernandez amazed the baseball world with his magical pitching performance, 26 year old Jose Daniel Abreu is on the verge of making his own waves during the winter. As I mentioned in a prior post where I looked into the free agency class, I showcased the clear lack of depth at the 1st base position. While the addition of Abreu would clearly exceed Miami's limited budget, the immediate impact that he could bring will make the Marlins front-office exceed that limit. Perhaps the pessimist would think that this report would be a simple PR move to intrigue disgruntled fans but this would just be a required move if the Marlins are serious about improving their horrendous offense. The potential addition of Abreu would make the 1st base position more intriguing because of the possible question marks that would surround the incumbent Logan Morrison. Since a stellar 2011 season, Morrison has struggled mightily to either remain healthy (averaged 89 games in the past two seasons) or retain that powerful stroke that pushed his slugging percentage to .470. In those past two seasons, Morrison's WAR (-0.7 in 2013) has shown that Morrison has become even worse than your average replacement level player which basically means that he's become a hinderance to the Marlins. Moving back to Abreu, his overall game has been compared to the likes of Edgar Martinez. While that comparison could seem to be a bit far fetched because of how solid Martinez was during his big league career in Seattle, it's actually somewhat reasonable when you look at the bigger picture. The real main reason why Abreu will be highly touted in the offseason is because of his Stanton-esqe ability to just launch moon shots with a simple swing. In the following piece that was posted by Jerry Crasnick on ESPN, his raw power was compared to fellow defectors like Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes. Of course, both Puig and Cespedes both share various other notable physical traits that aren't quite apparent when you look at Abreu. Besides his A-plus power, Abreu seems to be very mediocre when you look at other various necessary baseball traits (i.e speed on the basepaths, throwing arm or defensive ability). But this Marlins team is in such a need for another offensive weapon that it should look away from his inabilities because of how great of a power bat that he could bring to the team. While Giancarlo Stanton's future in Miami is still relatively in question, the potential combination of Abreu and Stanton could pay huge dividends for the future of the Marlins lineup. But all of this discussion is currently a bunch of hearsay because of the relative uncertainty that arises when you deal with a team that's ran by Jeffrey Loria. Could the move help the team? Absolutely. Will the Marlins be willing to pay the money that would be necessary to sign Abreu? We're about to find out.
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Joe Girardi let the Chicago Cubs flirt with him a little bit, but he's not leaving New York City or baseball's most famous franchise. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday they have agreed to a new four-year contract with Girardi to m...
Joe Girardi let the Chicago Cubs flirt with him a little bit, but he's not leaving New York City or baseball's most famous franchise. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday they have agreed to a new four-year contract with Girardi to manage the club through 2017. Particulars have not yet been announced, but they'll be coming shortly. The Yankees have a conference call scheduled for this afternoon. #Yankees re-sign manager Joe Girardi to 4-year contract through 2017 season. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 9, 2013 Girardi has a 564-408 record with the Yankees in six seasons as their skipper. The Yankees' 85-77 record in 2013 was the team's worst under his watch, but New York was ravaged by injuries and in the middle of A-Rod drama. Girardi, 48, has won a World Series (in 2009) and won three AL East titles. This year was the second in his tenure that the Yankees missed the playoffs. The postseason is upon us. Spend it with The Stew. Follow @MikeOz and @bigleaguestew, on Twitter, along with the BLS Facebook page.
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"Not that I don't take any of our guys from a lesser standpoint, but if Goldy's getting hit, it's an eye for an eye, somebody's going down or somebody's going to get jackknifed." -- Diamondbacks general manager Kevin TowersAccording to T...
"Not that I don't take any of our guys from a lesser standpoint, but if Goldy's getting hit, it's an eye for an eye, somebody's going down or somebody's going to get jackknifed." -- Diamondbacks general manager Kevin TowersAccording to Towers, the Diamondbacks weren't a disappointment because their outfielders hit the fewest home runs in the majors or the rotation ranked 25th in the majors in strikeout rate or Ian Kennedy was terrible and Miguel Montero had a bad year, but because their pitches didn't hit enough opposing batters. Read more Ian Kennedy news
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The Yankees announced that they have re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year deal that will keep him in place as manager through the 2017 season.  Girardi, 48, was at the top of the Cubs' wishlist this winter, but he'll be back in t...
The Yankees announced that they have re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year deal that will keep him in place as manager through the 2017 season.  Girardi, 48, was at the top of the Cubs' wishlist this winter, but he'll be back in the Bronx for a seventh season in 2014. The former catcher was said to be quite torn between staying in New York or joining the Cubs as they enter the next phase of their rebuilding project.  Girardi has history with both teams, having played in pinstripes for four seasons and with the Cubbies for three seasons.  The Nationals were also believed to have interest in his services. The Bombers missed the playoffs in 2013 but Girardi has guided the club to the postseason in four of his six seasons, including a World Series championship in 2009.  Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone 564-408  since 2008 while leading the majors in home runs (1,236) and ranking second in runs scored (4,884).
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John Farrell has confirmed to WEEI what most of us assumed: he will turn to Jon Lester in Game 1 of the ALCS. Farrell on @WEEI: Lead off with Lester in ALCS, but wait on other part of rotation — Rob Bradford (@bradfo) October 9...
John Farrell has confirmed to WEEI what most of us assumed: he will turn to Jon Lester in Game 1 of the ALCS. Farrell on @WEEI: Lead off with Lester in ALCS, but wait on other part of rotation — Rob Bradford (@bradfo) October 9, 2013 So no surprise on Lester, who was excellent for the Sox as they got off to a 1-0 lead in the ALDS. The second half of that tweet deserves some attention, though. The 2-3 portion of Boston's playoff rotation in particular seems quite fluid between John Lackey and Clay Buchholz. Heck, with all the time between the two series, Jake Peavy could even be up for consideration after a strong performance against the Rays Tuesday night. Are any changes going to come, though? Probably not. John Lackey wasn't terribly good against the Rays in Game 2, but it seems like the Red Sox want him pitching at home if possible, and the current setup would ensure that would happen. On the other hand, if the Sox are headed to the massive Coliseum in Oakland, it might make sense to swap him with Buchholz so that Lackey, who has allowed 1.24 homers per nine innings this year, has a bit more space to work with. Read more Red Sox: Sox Prospects releases updated top Red Sox prospect list Current Red Sox vs. former Red Sox: a playoff showdown Rating the Narrative Matchups The MLBPA hates John Lackey 2013 Red Sox MVP debate
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The Rangers announced that they have designated Jeff Baker for assignment. The infielder was taken off of the 40-man roster to make room for right-handed pitcher Matt West to be activated off of the 60-day disabled list. The move doesn't...
The Rangers announced that they have designated Jeff Baker for assignment. The infielder was taken off of the 40-man roster to make room for right-handed pitcher Matt West to be activated off of the 60-day disabled list. The move doesn't make a huge difference in the Rangers' plans as Baker is set to hit the open market this winter. Baker had a strong .279/.360/.545 slash line in a small sample size of 175 plate appearances this season. The 32-year-old, who also has experience in the outfield, has a career slash line of .267/.321/.440 over parts of nine big league seasons.... Read more Jeff Baker news
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After all the jostling for position, all the times in and out of first place in the NL Central, all the times they've played each other this season and all the times we've wondered which is the better team — it comes down to one more gam...
After all the jostling for position, all the times in and out of first place in the NL Central, all the times they've played each other this season and all the times we've wondered which is the better team — it comes down to one more game for the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Game 5 of their NLDS series is Wednesday at 8:07 p.m. ET. Finally, for these two teams who know each other so well, it's do-or-die. Wednesday's game is the 24th this season between the Pirates and the Cardinals, including the playoffs. They're 12-11, with Pittsburgh owning that one-game advantage. Another indicator of how close the two teams are — three runs, 102-99. That's their run count against each other this year, with the Cardinals holding that advantage. But the season series and the runs scored in 23 previous games don't really matter now. They were all just a warm-up for this. One game. Most runs wins. It isn't about evening a season series for the Cardinals or scoring three more runs for the Pirates. This is about moving on to the NLCS, being one step away from the World Series. On one side of this, Cardinals ace and Wednesday's starting pitcher Adam Wainwright: "It's the biggest game of the year, isn't it? That's what I always tell these guys," Wainwright told reporters, including MLB.com's Joey Nowack. "Every start of mine is the biggest game of the year. It's a big-time game against a good opponent, and I'm looking forward to doing it." On the other side, Pirates star and MVP candidate Andrew : "You live for those situations," McCutchen told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "This is the game that we play. They didn't say it was going to be easy getting here to where we are. We've done a good job of getting in this position. We live for all those moments. Anything can happen in this game." Yes, Cutch is right. Anything can happen. This postseason has already shown us that. But, hey, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't give you five storylines to watch for in Wednesday's game. • Will it a blowout or a close one? In the Pirates and Cardinals 19 regular season meetings, 10 were won by five or more runs. Four of the others were decided by one run. The postseason has been somewhat similar — the first two games were blowouts (9-1 for the Cardinals in Game 1 and 7-1 for the Pirates in Game 2). But it's gotten closer since: The Pirates winning 5-3 in Game 4, then the Cardinals winning 2-1 in a tense Game 5. • Will Adam Wainwright come through in Game 5 this time? Here's one bit of history, the Pirates wouldn't mind seeing repeated: Wainwright was lit up by the Washington Nationals in Game 5 of last season's NLDS. He gave up six runs in 2 1/3 innings. But here's the part the Cardinals liked about that game: They scored four runs in the ninth inning to win 9-7 and advance in the series. • Can Gerrit Cole do it again? The Pirates are sending their 22-year-old rookie (pictured) to the mound in Game 5 rather than A.J. Burnett. Cole dazzled in his previous NLDS appearance, leading Pittsburgh to a Game 2 win. He pitched six innings and held the Cards to one run. • Will Andrew McCutchen find his MVP moment? He's considered the favorite in the NL MVP race, and while he's hitting .357 in the series, he doesn't yet have a home run or RBI. He had the perfect moment in the ninth inning of Game 4, but didn't come through. Now, in a Game 5, can Cutch bring the clutch? • Can Carlos Beltran further cement his postseason legacy? He has two homers and six RBIs in the series already, adding to an amazing postseason résumé that includes a .355/.464/.783 batting line plus 16 homers and 31 RBIs in 38 games. The postseason is upon us. Spend it with The Stew. Follow @MikeOz and @bigleaguestew, on Twitter, along with the BLS Facebook page.
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getty images The Houston Texans are sticking with Matt Schaub as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. “Matt gives us our best chance to win,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “It was a t...
getty images The Houston Texans are sticking with Matt Schaub as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. “Matt gives us our best chance to win,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “It was a tough decision, real tough.” The Texans only have T.J. Yates as their backup and simply feel he does not provide the team with a chance to win. Meanwhile the Houston Police department is denying that there was a group of angry fans outside of Schaub’s house today which resulted in a police call. Contrary to some reports, there was not a group of "angry fans" outside the Schaub residence on Monday.#hounews — houston police (@houstonpolice) October 9, 2013 A family member is said to have seen a male taking photos in the driveway but there is nothing more to the story. Police were not called to the home. No other information to release at this time. #hounews — houston police (@houstonpolice) October 9, 2013 In five games this season Schaub has thrown for 1,366 yards and eight touchdowns but has also thrown nine interceptions. Schaub has thrown a pick-six in each of the Texans last four games.
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