The Marlins defeated the Mets last night 6-3 thanks to a clutch pinch-hit RBI off the bat of Ichiro in the seventh inning that turned out to be the difference. Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 and knocked in two insurance runs that sealed the Mets’ fate. Dan Straily went five innings and gave up two runs, but Kyle Barraclough snaked the win by giving up the tying run in the same inning the Marlins would take the lead for good.
Giancarlo Stanton will defend his HR Derby Crown, and will look to do it with the same pitcher he used for the event last season: ex-Marlins coach Pat Shine. Speaking of the All-Star game, the most recent AL and NL tallies have been released and Marcell Ozuna has taken over third place! He’s ahead by less than 30,000 votes, so make sure that sticks by voting here.
Understatement of the year? The sale of the team is not going as smoothly as hoped. CBS Miami interviewed potential buyer Marcus Lemonis about his perspective on it all. The Herald talked to J.T. Riddle about his newfound role on the team, now that Adeiny Hechavarria has been traded.
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Trea Turner tied his own club record with four stolen bases against the Cubs’ Miguel Montero and Jake Arrieta last night. The Nats totaled seven steals in all. Since he couldn’t throw anyone out, Montero instead threw his battery-mate under the bus saying his pitchers don’t give him enough time. Perhaps Montero was just channeling his inner Walter Sobchak (NSFW language) -- he’s not wrong! He’s just, well…that’s just not how a teammate should address the problem let’s say.
“NSFW” seems like a good nickname for Yasiel Puig, whose one-game suspension for an inappropriate gesture was rescinded by MLB. The players’ union must have reminded MLB that the incident occurred in Cleveland, and who has been to Cleveland without wanting to flip the bird at the general populace?
The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre was in “the Cleve” and didn’t need a bird, just a bat. He hit his 450th career HR, a dramatic game winner in the ninth inning to lift Texas, 2-1.
Finally, get ready, South Florida: Mr. Safe-for-Work himself, Tim Tebow, has been promoted by the Mets to High-A Port St. Lucie. Next stop: Queens.