Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech breaks down the Tigers' 6th straight loss, 4-1, to A's, an improvement. Filmed Saturday, May 18, 2019. Are you subscribed to our "Talkin' Tigers" podcast? If not, you should be: Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play now. In the latest Talkin' Tigers podcast, Free Press sports writer Anthony Fenech hits the five biggest topics with the team, talks to former Tigers pitcher and current Astros broadcaster Steve Sparks and receives a surprise from Class A West Michigan broadcaster Dan Hasty. Tigers newsletter: We mustache the questions no one wants to answer Listen to Episode 7 of the 2019 season: Previously: Episode 6, May 6: Checking in on Casey Mize, 2019
When the Toronto Blue Jays sat Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Monday all hell broke loose.
Following the strikeout and the shout, was a toss of the catcher's mask, a spike of the baseball and a few more exuberant hollers directed at the Wellesley players. LEXINGTON — Saturday's game between Wellesley and St. Peter-Marian ended just like any other baseball game. With an out. What transpired after the final out, however, was anything but ordinary. After Wellesley sophomore Kyle McCausland struck out swinging in the Raiders' 6-5 loss to SPM at Lexington High, the Crusaders' catcher shouted in celebration. A normal reaction given two SPM pitchers loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh; with the Crusaders clinging to a one-run lead. Following the strikeout and the shout,
CHICAGO - J.T. Realmuto hit a solo homer in the 10th, Jake Arrieta allowed one run over six innings in his return to Wrigley Field and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Monday night. Realmuto connected with two outs against Kyle Ryan (0-1), driving a 1-2 fastball a few rows into the left-field seats to decide the opener of a four-game series between the NL East and Central leaders. Arrieta got a warm welcome on a chilly night during the pregame introductions and was greeted with a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate in the third inning. He responded by tipping his helmet toward the crowd. It was a fitting reception for a pitcher whose 4½ seasons in Chicago included
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels joined the Ben and Skin show on 1053 The Fan [KRLD-FM] for his weekly visit to talk about Willie Calhoun's success thus far, how the Rangers plan on bringing Jose Leclerc back into the closer's role, and more. Here are some highlights. On Willie Calhoun being out of the lineup two days straight... Daniels: "Woody's [Chris Woodward] got a little bit of a rotation going with five guys for those four spots. In some ways kind of six, if you look at [Danny] Santana on the days where he'll spell Joey [Gallo] and Danny will play center. He's just trying to move it around a little bit, kind of day-to-day, where some of the same guys who started yesterday had some
The bright lights of the Fall Classic evidently weren't enough to amp Koji Uehara up for one of his outings in the 2013 World Series. Uehara, who recently announced his retirement from baseball, capped off his incredible 2013 season by helping the Boston Red Sox capture their third championship of the 21st century. The now-former closer needed a little help shifting into the right mindset before one appearance against the St. Louis Cardinals, so he turned to longtime Red Sox coach Dana LeVangie with an unusual request. “He asked me to slap him in the face,” LeVangie told The Boston Globe's Nora Princiotti. “And I did.” Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do in October. Uehara appeared in 73 regular-season
Coming into the reason, the Red Sox bullpen was supposed to be the downfall of this roster if such a thing existed. In all of the scenarios in which Boston failed to live up to expectations, the majority of them included the bullpen blowing a whole lot of should-be wins. Instead, they've been perhaps the strongest and most consistent unit on the roster. Granted, we've seen cracks lately and some of the reasons people were so worried before the year, but overall they've been fantastic. They are in the top ten in all of baseball in both ERA and FIP as of this writing. Now, they have leaned extremely heavily on the top guys, which probably isn't sustainable, but for now it's working. Guys like Marcus
The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport's first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out. Starting June 6, gravel will be placed over the covering protecting West Ham's grass soccer pitch and the running track that is a legacy from the 2012 Olympics. The artificial turf baseball field, similar to modern surfaces used by a few big league clubs, will be installed atop that.
As the analytics side of baseball gives front offices and teams more and more information on improving performance, we see the launch angle revolution. We see better and better shifting and defensive positioning in general. Pitchers are being taught how to tunnel their pitch arsenal so that it is harder to discern the difference between pitches. There are so many changes that fundamentally change the product on the field. The result? More strikeouts. Fielders perfectly positioned to field balls that would have been hits years ago. More home runs. Some games, you watch and it feels like those are really the only three outcomes. Then there was last night's game. The Cubs had a barrage of hits and
The 100mph fastball used to be a rarity: now it's an everyday occurrence in Major League Baseball. But the human body may not be built for such speeds Tue 21 May 2019 05.00 EDT Last modified on Tue 21 May 2019 05.02 EDT Sidd Finch was almost too good to be true. The rookie pitcher, while in spring training with the New York Mets, was reported to have shattered pitching records by throwing a 168mph fastball with pinpoint accuracy. Proclaimed as a yogi and virtuoso on the French horn, Finch was in fact, too good to be true, the subject of an elaborate April Fools' Day hoax by sports writer George Plimpton and Sports Illustrated.But the Finch story serves as a reminder that speed captivates our
The Royals spring training complex in Surprise, Arizona has welcomed one furry friend on an annual basis for the last eight years. It's Sadie, the Alaskan Malamute whose best friend in the whole wide world is Royals' left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy. In 2011, Duffy got Sadie and he has called it one of the smartest decisions he's ever made. “It's the best, man,” Duffy told me in 2016. “You go home and every time, no matter how your day went, every time you walk through that door, she's right there. Sadie will put her paws on my shoulders. It's the best, man. Nothing beats having a dog.” That's why the Royals decided on an unusual promotional item this summer: a dual bobblehead of Duffy and Sadie.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Tommy Milone joined the rest of the Mariners pitchers for Monday's pregame throwing session at Globe Life Park in preparation to start on Tuesday vs. the Rangers. Manager Scott Servais confirmed that the veteran lefty will take the scheduled start for Felix Hernandez, who is currently on the injured list and back in Seattle rehabbing a lat strain. “When we brought Tommy into the organization over the winter, we saw him as a stabilizer as a possible rotation guy and if he's in the bullpen, he can pitch multiple innings,” Servais said. “He's thrown the ball pretty well. We'll give him the ball tomorrow and see what we get.” Milone, 32, has made eight starts and one relief appearance
Baseball playoffs Regional semifinals Ridge Point vs. Atascocita Best-of-three series, 7 p.m. Thursday, Deer Park; 7 p.m. Friday, Deer Park; Game 3 (if necessary) TBD The Atascocita Eagles (21-8) keep finding their way back to the regional semifinals. After finishing second to Kingwood in district play, they're in the fourth round for the fourth time in six years following a regional-quarterfinals sweep of Clear Springs. The Eagles rolled 10-0 in Game 1 behind senior pitcher Caleb Cannon, who tossed a no-hitter, then held on for a 9-8 win over the Chargers in Game 2 after building a 9-3 lead with a six-run sixth. The Ridge Point Panthers (28-4-1), No. 8 in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches
'This Week in the Minors' is our weekly look at notable performances from all over the system, from big-name prospects and less heralded guys alike. The mission is to answer this simple question: “Who had a good week?” Today, we'll cover results from Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 20. AAA Omaha Storm Chasers (20-23) schedule | roster Humberto Arteaga spent the week hitting a whole bunch of baseballs all over the Pacific Coast League. His 15 (!) hits included four (!) home runs. Those homers were the first four of Arteaga's season. He was also perfect in three stolen base attempts. First baseman Cheslor Cuthbert had a solid week as well, going 11-for-27 with four doubles and a homer. Joining