Joe Blanton gives up homer, hits finishing move on Gatorade jug Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — In the history baseball, there have been several one-sided battles between players and inanimate dugout objects. From David Ortiz absolutely destroying a Camden Yards bullpen phone with his bat, to Carlos Zambrano dismantling a Gatorade cooler in a fit of rage , to Sean Rodriguez going all Mike Tyson's Punchout on a Gatorade jug cooler last October, these meltdowns are usually epic. But...
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Reds honor Pete Rose with induction into team Hall of Fame Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Your browser does not support iframes. A baseball Hall of Fame finally opened its arms to Pete Rose on Saturday afternoon. In a ceremony at Great American Ballpark, the Cincinnati Reds officially inducted Rose into their team Hall of Fame. In doing so, the Reds actually bypassed their usual election process, which until Rose's selection had adhered to the rules and standards of the...
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Minor league teams involved in wild brawl after purpose pitch Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Wild brawls aren't exclusive to Major League Baseball. In fact, some of the craziest we've seen over the years have actually taken place at the minor league level. That's where we turn right now, as this California League disagreement between the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Dodgers) and High Desert Mavericks (Rangers), went from dust up to fist-a-cuffs in under 30 seconds. According to the Los...
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On Baseball: Jose Reyes Returns to the Mets, Baggage and All

NY Times: Bats (BILLY WITZ) — While there are questions about what Reyes has left as a player, his domestic violence case was also part of any interested team’s evaluation.
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How social media forced Mets hand in calling up top prospect Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — It's tough to keep a secret in today's technologically advanced world. All it takes is one click of a button to send information — true or false, good or bad — soaring into cyberspace, where it's there to be consumed and dissected by the entire world. The New York Mets were reminded of that reality on Saturday, and it actually forced them to change their plans surrounding top outfield...
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Yankees 2, Twins 1: Yankees Top Twins in Mark Teixeira’s Return

NY Times: Bats (SETH BERKMAN) — The first baseman, who tore cartilage in his right knee earlier this month, returned from the disabled list, going 0 for 3 in the Yankees’ win.
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Oh, to Be a Pitcher at the Expansive Park of the College World Series

NY Times: Bats (PAT BORZI) — Prevailing winds blow in at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, and the distant fences have contributed to an E.R.A. through the first 10 games of only 2.08.
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Extra Bases: Out of Prison, Pitcher Relishes a Second Chance With the Rangers

NY Times: Bats (TYLER KEPNER) — Matt Bush, who spent more than three years in prison for a D.U.I. crash that nearly killed a motorcyclist, is now a vital part of the Texas bullpen.
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Mets Sign Jose Reyes With Hope He Can Still Offer a Jolt

NY Times: Bats (JAMES WAGNER) — The Mets believe that in his second stint with the team, Reyes can play shortstop, second base and third base while livening their lineup with his speed and on-base skills.
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Jose Reyes makes reunion with Mets official Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — A reunion that didn't seem possible as recently as eight months ago is now official. The%20Jose%20Reyes%20signing%20is%20official.%20 —%20Adam%20Rubin%20(@AdamRubinESPN)%20 June%2025,%202016 %20 "According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin , veteran shortstop Jose Reyes is returning to the New York Mets on a minor-league contract, though it's fully expected he'll...
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Adam Jones had two great responses to being robbed of a home run Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has experienced every type of emotion that can possibly be attached to a home run during his 11-year career. As the owner of 210 home runs himself, he's obviously hit a few that won ballgames for Baltimore or at least lit up the crowd at Camden Yards. He's also seen plenty sail over his head, both home and away, and on occasion he's even gone above...
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Rookie Tim Anderson provides steady hand for up and down White Sox Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — After starting the season with an AL-best 23-11 record, the Chicago White Sox have looked like a flawed and sometimes broken team ever since. In fact, since May 12, they've gone 14-26, going from first place with a five-game lead to fourth place with a six-game deficit in the AL Central.  There's no one specific area where they've been great, good or even decent during that stretch. That's in...
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The Walk Off: Edinson Volquez's nightmare start among worst ever Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — 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.   Friday's 15-game slate didn't feature single marquee pitching matchup. With that in mind, it should come as no real surprise that the night was dominated by...
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Rajai Davis turns wild juggling catch into game-ending double play Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — The Cleveland Indians have absolutely dominated the Detroit Tigers this season. Coming into Friday's game at Comerica Park, Cleveland had won each of the first six matchups this season. On top of that, Cleveland had won six straight games overall after sweeping back-to-back home series against the White Sox and Rays. Those trends did not bode well for Detroit,. Based on the crazy finish to...
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Holy cow! Javier Baez dives into stands to make crazy catch Big League Stew (Mark Townsend) — Javier Baez is doing everything he can to carve out a regular role on an incredibly deep Chicago Cubs roster. He went a long way toward accomplishing that on Friday night in Miami, diving into the stands to make arguably the best defensive play in baseball this season. Baez measured the foul ball off the bat of Miami's J.T. Realmuto the whole way, but seemed to be running out of...
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