Big League Stew

  • Royals ready (or not) for Tigers series, Kansas City's biggest in nearly 30 years

    David Brown at Big League Stew5 hrs ago

    The people of Kansas City typically seem to be optimists, but not necessarily because of their sports teams. Talk to my father-in-law about pro football, and surely he'll quip, "Chiefs coming back? They've been saying that since the '70s."

    The Kansas City Royals historically haven't inspired noticeably different feelings among baseball fans. Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough noted this when previewing the team's biggest series of the season — their biggest in nearly 30 seasons — a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium that begins Friday night. 

    The Royals trail the Tigers, heavy favorites before the season started, by just a half-game in the American League Central. They're in better shape for the wild card. The team put playoff tickets on sale Thursday. They're the constant talk of area barbers. People want to believe, but it has been since 1985 that the Royals made the playoffs and won the World Series, so...

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  • The Grand Slam: Unlikely hero saves St. Louis, sinks Milwaukee

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew8 hrs ago

    Whatever slim chance the Milwaukee Brewers still had of making the playoffs diminished even further Thursday night thanks to some unlikely heroics from one of the most anonymous members of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

    Tony Cruz, a backup catcher only playing because St. Louis pinch-ran for All-Star Yadier Molina in the ninth inning, delivered a game-winning, 13th-inning single up the middle to plate Matt Adams from second and give the Cardinals a 3-2 victory.

    St. Louis had already rallied from a 2-0 deficit thanks in part to a boneheaded eighth-inning miscue by Brewers first baseman Mark Reynolds. Instead of attempting to start an inning-ending double play on a hard ground ball, Reynolds nonchalantly strolled to first base and got just one out, extending an inning that would eventually culminate with the Cardinals tying the game by getting four straight two-out base runners off Jonathan Broxton.

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  • Domonic Brown's painful-looking catch robs Jedd Gyorko

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew15 hrs ago

    There are two things hard to fathom about Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown's mesmerizing third-inning catch on Thursday night.

    That he caught the ball, and that he did not break his wrist or dislocate his shoulder in the process.

    Brown came up wincing and shaking his right arm after robbing Jedd Gyorko of at least a single with a diving catch in which he held onto the ball despite his glove hand getting pinned at an awkward angle behind his back. The 27-year-old outfielder stayed in the game and produced two hits and an RBI in the Phillies' 7-3 loss at San Diego.

    The strong performance from Brown ended an eventful day on a high note for the young outfielder.

    Earlier Thursday, Brown posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "It's been great. Time to move forward. Thanks for everything #love." The text was intended to be about a break-up with his girlfriend, but so many Phillies fans thought it meant he had been traded that Brown actually had to post in the comments section to diffuse speculation.

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  • Fan spills beer, Mark Teixeira disapproves

    Jeff Eisenberg at Big League Stew16 hrs ago

    Like most of us, Mark Teixeira can't stand to see beer go to waste.

    That much is abundantly clear from the New York Yankees first baseman's disapproval Thursday night after a fan spilled 16 ounces of liquid gold all over the man sitting next to him while trying to catch a foul ball down the first base line. Worse yet, it appears the beer spilled for nothing since neither one of them were able to retrieve the foul ball.

    Thankfully for the Yankees, Teixeira showed off better hands than the two Yankees fans. Teixeira probably saved a run with this spectacular diving stop in the third inning, robbing Jose Reyes of an RBI single, preserving a scoreless tie and helping the Yankees eke out a 3-2 victory.

    No wonder Teixeira was shaking his head over the spilled beer. With soft hands and quick reflexes like that, it probably never happens to him.

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    Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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