Ben Frederickson: Wainwright's candid answers about sticky-stuff experiment in 2019 show grip conundrum MLB must solve
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright’s answers Monday night about his name appearing in a Sports Illustrated story about some of the top pitchers in baseball using one of the sticky concoctions the league has now decided to crack down on left me with three conclusions. — Number one is that it’s hard for me to get worked up about pitchers using a product that consisted of a mix of pine tar, Manny Mota grip stick and other substances we see slathered all over hitters bats and batting helmets, especially when they were doing so long before the league showed any noticeable interest in caring about th...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
MLB crackdown on sticky stuff begins next week, and Yankees, rest of the league are on notice
BUFFALO, N.Y. — As if the Yankees didn’t have enough to overcome, now they will have their pitchers — and every other team’s pitcher — undergoing inspections for illegal substances starting next week. MLB announced on Tuesday that it will eject and suspend pitchers caught with any foreign substances for 10 days with pay. Umpires will be charged with regularly inspecting pitchers, even if opposing managers don’t request inspections. The crackdown will begin on June 21. Repeat offenders will be hit with escalating punishment. “After an extensive process of repeated warnings without effect, gathe...
New York Daily News
Padres’ Tommy Pham cuts though verbal abuse from fans to right his season
DENVER — Tommy Pham’s 2021 season started horribly. It isn’t difficult to notice that didn’t sit well with him. The Padres left fielder wears his caring like a full body suit. It does not take a .532 OPS through 41 games to make him scowl. That’s his default expression on the field. He doesn’t so much play baseball as go after it as if it wronged him in some way. Pham got himself in a spot where he has had to be among the most productive players in the majors the past month just to get back to being near the player the Padres thought they had acquired in December 2019. That was fine. He spoke ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Phillies’ Bryce Harper is a hero in Philly and a villain on the road. He likes it that way.
Bryce Harper leaned on the rail of the dugout as the Phillies played out the final innings of a loss in Atlanta earlier this season. He had been heckled all weekend -- as he usually is wherever the Phillies travel -- and one fan was tossing a few more barbs. “You’ll never be as good as Ah-coon-ah,” the fan shouted. “As hard as you try. You’ll never be as good as him.” That was enough. Harper turned around, locked eyes with the heckler, and fired back. He told the fan how to properly say Ronald Acuña Jr.’s last name -- “ah-CUHN-ya”-- and used his hand to motion a tilde mark. A front-row seat ca...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paul Sullivan: Chicago Cubs are in the spotlight after Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward reveal their decisions not to get vaccinated
Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks believes the media eventually will get back inside major-league clubhouses to interview players, even as many have grown comfortable in a media-free environment since the pandemic led to the ban during 2020 spring training. “You know how we are,” Hendricks said last week in San Diego. “We’d make adjustments to whatever comes our way. When you guys are in there, we know and we adjust to it. When you’re not, we’ve adjusted a little bit and just do our thing.” But for now, players are able to pick and choose when — and if — they’re available, not having to worr...
2nd time charm as Jake Bauers goes deep for 1st homer with Mariners to win it 4-3
This time, Jake Bauers had just enough distance. After almost hitting the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, only to see it caught at the center-field wall, Bauers hit his first homer as a member of the Mariners, just over the wall and out of the reach of Minnesota’s Nick Gordon in the eighth inning. The solo blast proved to be the difference in Seattle’s 4-3 victory over the Twins. The Mariners got solid relief work as JT Chargois, Paul Sewald and Drew Steckenrider combined to pitch the final four innings scoreless, allowing Seattle to come back from an early 3-1 deficit. When Major Leagu...
The Seattle Times
Scary moment for Chad Pinder casts a pall over big win against division foe Angels
The Oakland A’s needed every bit of a five-run big inning to secure their 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. The Angels out-hit the A’s 14-8 and threatened in a handful of innings against the A’s bullpen. The big inning saw the A’s bat around against Angels starter Dylan Bundy and reliever James Hoyt. The third inning started off with Mark Canha getting hit by a pitch and Tony Kemp doubling him home and Matt Olson hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kemp. Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman extended the inning with a walk and a double, respectively, and Mitch Moreland scored both with a...
The Mercury News
Brandon Crawford puts Giants on his back again, hits go-ahead homer in win over Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks arrived at Oracle Park on Monday due for a road victory while the Giants returned to their waterfront digs following a frustrating trip to the east coast that culminated with the club scoring three runs in four games against the Washington Nationals. The circumstances were ripe for the D’backs to snap a 19-game losing streak against a Giants team coming off a cross-country flight, but once again, Gabe Kapler’s club had its best player put the offense on his back. With a go-ahead, two-run home run in the fifth inning, shortstop Brandon Crawford continued his remarkable start to...
The Mercury News
Tigers lose Boyd early but pound out 10 runs in rout of Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It seemed funny earlier in the day. When the Tigers activated Michael Fulmer from the injured list Monday, and optioned infielder Isaac Paredes back to Toledo, they had 11 relievers on the active roster. Eleven. And just two extra position players. Then starter Matthew Boyd had to leave the game in the third inning Monday night and the move looked prescient. With Boyd gone early, it became the Tigers' fourth bullpen game in five days. The bullpen had eaten up 28.1 innings over the four previous games and now had to cover another 6.2. All arms on deck. Eight relievers followe...
The Detroit News
Cardinals break tie in eighth, beat Marlins 4-2
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals, who had won only one game in each of the preceding two weeks, got a jump on this week Monday night. Having lost nine of their past 10 and 11 of 13, the Cardinals engaged in a back-and-forth with the Miami Marlins, finally prevailing 4-2 in a battle of bullpens before a paid house of 24,281 at Busch Stadium After Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, weakening only in the third, held the Marlins to two runs over six innings, Genesis Cabrera, Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes, who gained his 17th save in 17 tries, shut down the Marlins for an inning apiece. The Marlins’ b...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch