Yu Darvish can’t get Brett Gardner out, blames Gardner’s parents

Brett-Gardner-YankeesYu Darvish is one of the best pitchers in the American League. The Texas Rangers ace picked up his 10th victory of the season against the New York Yankees on Monday night, but there is one guy he still can’t seem to figure out — Brett Gardner.

Gardner accounted for New York’s only two runs of the game by hitting two solo homers off Darvish. The Yankees outfielder is now 5-for-11 lifetime against Darvish with four home runs. What gives?

A lot of guys would be happy to make contact off Darvish, who has an insane arsenal of pitches and can throw any of them for strikeouts. Gardner realizes that, which is why he isn’t reading too deeply into his four homers off the right-hander.

“I’m not sure. I try to get good at-bats. Small sample size,” he told reporters Monday, via Big League Stew. “It’s hard to have confidence in the batter’s box when he’s on the mound.”

Gardner’s parents should be honored.

Chris Archer is being a hypocrite with David Ortiz

David Ortiz home runTampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer isn’t the only one who had a problem with David Ortiz’s dramatic bat flip on Sunday. Big Papi has pissed the Rays off on several occasions by pimping his homers, and he is not going to stop just because people are complaining. But more importantly, why is Archer whining?

Well, we know the real reason. Archer doesn’t care about the so-called “integrity of the game” — he just doesn’t want Ortiz admiring a 420-foot shot that Archer served up. After ripping Ortiz on Sunday, Archer was asked if he still felt the same way on Monday.

“I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” he said, according to the Associated Press. “I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished. I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That’s just who he is.

“Do I regret saying the truth? No. Agitated is not right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”

I wonder if Daniel Nava felt the same way as Archer last June when Archer struck him out to get out of a bases loaded jam. Check out this video from last season that Deadspin brought to our attention:

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Aroldis Chapman hits 104 on radar gun (Video)

Aroldis Chapman still throws very, very hard. The Cincinnati Reds reliever has struck out 66 batters in just 32 1/3 innings of work this season. When you see the 104-mph fastball he threw against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night, you’ll understand why.

That’s right, Chapman hit 104. The 26-year-old fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to keep his team in a 1-1 game. He was clocked at 104 once and 103 on several other pitches. The Reds eventually lost 2-1 in the 15th, but that doesn’t make the gas Chapman was throwing any less impressive.


We already saw Chapman hit 103 on the radar gun earlier this season after he returned from taking a line drive to the face. The fact that his arm hasn’t fallen off yet is incredible.

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Melky Cabrera’s home run broke windshield of truck parked behind Green Monster

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The Toronto Blue Jays put on quite the offensive display on Monday in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

By the end of the sixth inning, the Blue Jays had amassed 13 hits and 13 runs, including a nine-run outburst in the top of the sixth.

Among the Blue Jays who had a good day at the plate was left fielder Melky Cabrera, who hit two home runs. His first, of the two-run variety, came off of Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in the first inning. Cabrera followed that up with the above pictured three-run shot for an encore in the sixth inning off of Felix Doubront.

As you can see, Cabrera’s second homer cleared the seats above the Green Monster. What we didn’t know, initially, was where it landed. As ESPN later showed, and the always reliable CJ Fogler captured, the baseball’s landing spot was a windshield.

Park behind the Green Monster at your own risk when Melky Cabrera is in town.

Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring

Red-Sox-ringDrew Weber owns the Lowell Spinners, which is a minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Because of his affiliation with the organization, Weber received a championship ring after the Red Sox won the World Series last year. If not for an incredibly kindhearted New York Yankees fan, Weber might have only had the hardware for a few months.

On Thursday night, Luke’s Bar and Grill owner Luigi Militello found Weber’s ring on a sink in the restroom of his Manhattan restaurant.

“I was like, geez, it’s big. Who would leave this here?” Militello told The Associated Press, via CBS Boston. “I’m a big Yankee fan. What are the chances of this happening?”

Apparently Weber, who is from New York, had eaten at the restaurant earlier that day. He accidentally left the incredibly valuable piece of jewelry in the bathroom after wearing it out in public for the first time.

“I went looking around my apartment and started having palpitations,” Weber explained. “Sweat was pouring off my forehead. I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”

Weber called Militello’s restaurant and was relieved to hear that he left the ring there. Naturally, Militello had to crack his stones.

“But this being Yankees-Red Sox, I started razzing him,” Militello recalled. “I told him he wasn’t getting it so easily. I was playing with him, a lot.”

Weber and Militello met at Luke’s the next day so Weber could get his ring back. He offered to pay Militello, but the Yankees fanatic declined. Instead, Weber will be making a contribution to a charity of Militello’s choice. And they all lived happily ever after.

Dmitri Young has lost a ton of weight


Dmitri Young was known to many as “Da Meat” or “Da Meat Hook” during his 14-year MLB career. If you saw him now, you might not understand why.

Young looks like a completely different person from the one that played 50 games with the Washington Nationals in 2008. The 40-year-old visited some of his former baseball friends in Cincinnati on Friday, and some could barely recognize him. Young says he has lost roughly 85 pounds. For those who have forgotten, here’s what the 2007 Comeback Player of the Year used to look like.

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Joe Torre feels ‘terrible’ about omitting George Steinbrenner from speech

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Joe Torre had a lengthy Hall of Fame speech at Cooperstown on Sunday in which he recapped in detail his glory days managing the New York Yankees. He mentioned multiple players and staffers with whom he worked throughout his career, and he thanked his family for all their help. But one thing Torre failed to do during his 27-minute long speech — the longest of all inductees — was thank George Steinbrenner.

Torre acknowledged shortly after his speech that he failed to mention “The Boss” and made sure to address that with the media.

“I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” Torre said per the New York Daily News. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank him and the fact that we had a great relationship.

“It was the proudest time in my whole career and I just feel terrible I omitted that.”

Indeed it was the proudest time of Torre’s career. Though he had a great career as a player and managed three teams prior to the Yankees, it was with the pinstripes that he won four World Series, leading to his induction. He even said early in his speech that he would “cut to the chase” and spend most of his time talking about the Yankees winners he managed because that’s where his most prominent work was done.

Some may speculate that Torre’s omission has to do with his rocky departure from the team after 2007. Torre was offered a new contract but would have had to take a pay cut, and he took offense to that. He ended up signing to manage the Dodgers instead.

Despite his issues over the insulting offer, Torre made it back to Yankee Stadium in 2010 when Steinbrenner was honored with a monument in Monument Park and insists there are no hard feelings.

Below is video of his speech: