Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. The Miami Marlins weeks of turmoil and terrible baseball continued on Friday, this time with an 8-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. That makes eight straight losses for Miami, all of which have come on their current 10-game homestand which is set to end on Sunday. That moment probably can’t come soon enough for a Marlins team that desperately needs to get out of town and regroup. The former will definitely happen. It may honestly be too late for the latter to matter if it does happen. As for Friday, it started out promising as the Marlins tallied three early runs against Ubaldo Jimenez. But hope quickly faded when Baltimore scored two in the fifth and four more in the sixth, all against Henderson Alvarez. Adding insult to injury, immediately following the game Miami placed both Alvarez and another starter, Mat Latos, on the disabled list with injuries.   #marlins place Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder inflammation) & Mat Latos (left knee inflammation) on 15-day DL — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 23, 2015 Of all Miami’s issues, the injuries in their rotation might be the most concerning. #Marlins DL now includes four starting pitchers … Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Mat Latos and Jarred Cosart. — Jason Martinez (@mlbdepthcharts) May 23, 2015 On the plus side, Miami actually outhit Baltimore 14-11, including a milestone from Ichiro Suzuki, who passed Babe Ruth on the all-time hit list. However, they were burned by seven walks and an ill-timed error in the decisive fifth inning. They’ll now seek that elusive win on Saturday when they send veteran Dan Haren against O’s rookie Mike Wright. KING FELIX FIRST TO SEVEN WINS In the race to seven wins, Felix Hernandez left all of his competition behind on Friday night. The Seattle Mariners right-hander pitched eight innings of one-run ball, allowing only four hits in Seattle’s 4-3 triumph against the Toronto Blue Jays, to become the league’s first seven-game winner. After dropping his last decision to the Boston Red Sox on May 16, a game in which he allowed two homers and a season-high four walks, Hernandez bounced back, allowing just a solo home run to Edwin Encarnacion. Hernandez is 7-1 overall, but 7-0 in games when he’s pitched into the seventh inning or later. There was some anxiety in the ninth when Fernando Rodney served up a two-run homer to Chris Colabello, but he recovered to retire Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson. Earlier, Nelson Cruz hit his league-leading 17th homer in support of Hernandez, which proved to be the winner. Logan Morrison gave Seattle the lead with a two-run triple. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] PRINCE FIELDER, RANGERS ROUGH UP MICHAEL PINEDA With Masahiro Tanaka hurt, CC Sabathia struggling and no other real standout options available to lead their rotation, the New York Yankees were quite thrilled when Michael Pineda stepped up and started his season with an impressive string of outings. Unfortunately, in the wake of his 16-strikeout performance against the Baltimore Orioles on May 10, he’s taken two steps backward. After allowing five runs on 10 hits in a loss to the Royals last weekend, Pineda was bounced around again, this time by the Texas Rangers, allowing seven runs (four earned) in six innings. All of the damage actually came in the third inning and was set up by a pair of errors. Pineda’s own throwing error really set the wheels in motion, and then Didi Gregorius followed immediately with an error of his own leading to the Rangers first two runs. The big inning was capped by Prince Fielder’s three-run homer and Mitch Moreland’s solo shot. Fielder hit a solo homer later that proved important in the outcome. For his part, Gregorius at least partially made up for his blunder with his own three-run homer, but the Yankees had too big a hill to climb and not enough time to climb it. DODGERS END THREE-GAME DROUGHT, LOSING STREAK After being shut out completely during their three-game series in San Francisco earlier this week, the Los Angeles Dodgers scraped together just enough offense to upend the San Diego Padres, 2-1. The run scoring drought actually extended to 35 innings before Andre Ethier doubled home Justin Turner in the fifth inning. Behind Zack Greinke, that seemed destined to hold up, but San Diego broke through themselves on a Will Venable RBI single in the seventh.  From there, it came down to one swing, Joc Pederson’s mammoth solo home run in the eighth, as the Dodgers ended the accompanying three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. The last Dodgers player to hit a home run before today was Jimmy Rollins on May 15. — J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) May 23, 2015 If you’re going to wait, might as well make the next one count. Pederson’s timing was perfect, and the Dodgers are on back on the winning track as they open up a six-game homestand.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813 View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Take a look around the league with Big League Stew’s daily wrap up. We’ll hit on all of the biggest moments from the day that you may have missed, while providing highlights, photos and interesting stats. Back in San Diego where he starred at the University of San Diego between 2011 and 2013, Kris Bryant had every reason to be comfortable. He was definitely feeling good on Thursday night. Bryant launched a two-run homer in the first inning of the Cubs’ 3-0 win over the Padres and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Chicago is 8-2 during that stretch and 23-17 on the season, which has them in one of the two wild-card spots in the National League. “I’m glad [Bryant] was able to come through for the hometown crowd – that was nice,” said Cubs manager Joe Maddon after the game. It was a good night overall for the Cubs’ kids. 25-year-old starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks pitched a complete game shutout, the first of his career, and 21-year-old second baseman Addison Russell hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh. This is exactly what baseball fans on the North Side of Chicago were hoping to see this season. Maddon’s men, especially the young ones, are on a roll and are giving everyone reason to believe they’re only going to get better. MCCANN DELIVERS WALKOFF HOMER AS TIGERS TOP ASTROS IN EXTRAS James McCann was the man of the moment in Detroit, delivering a walkoff home run in the 11th inning to lift the Tigers to a 6-5 win against the visiting Houston Astros. The only reason the game needed extra innings was because Detroit had blown a five-run lead, allowing three runs in the seventh, one in the eighth, and one more in the ninth to make the score 5-5. When McCann stepped in the box to lead off the bottom of the 11th, he quickly went down 0-2, but he hit the third pitch he saw from Astros left-hander Tony Sipp over the left field wall just out of outfielder Colby Rasmus’ reach. [ Woah, The Stew has a podcast now?! Yep, you should listen. ] It was a heck of a time for McCann, 24, to come up with his second career home run, the first was an inside-the-parker in late April, and he hopes he can continue to contribute for the Tigers as he gets more playing time with starting catcher Alex Avila currently on the DL. ”I’m not sure what I’m going to do for an encore,” McCann told reporters . ”I’m hoping to play long enough up here to hit a bunch of normal homers, too.” JENNINGS STILL SEEKING FIRST MANAGERIAL WIN WITH MARLINS Six runs and 12 hits wasn’t enough to get Dan Jennings his first win as Marlins manager. Miami lost to Arizona 7-6 , dropping Jennings to 0-4 since he took over for Mike Redmond on Monday. Dating back to Redmond’s finals series in charge, the Marlins have lost seven straight. The difference between the two teams in this latest loss was an RBI infield single by Diamdonbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock in the eighth. Mat Latos got the start for Miami and his tough start to the season continued, as he couldn’t get out of the sixth and left the game with six earned runs against next to his name. The results so far are not changing the perception around baseball that moving Jennings from his role as GM to field manager was a headscratching decision by the Marlins organization, one that has earned a deserved reputation for its bumbling ineptitude . Jennings can only hope he can pick up win No. 1 at some point this weekend with Miami hosting Baltimore for a three-game series. BLUE JAYS’ BATS LEAD THEM TO WIN OVER ANGELS When the Toronto Blue Jays’ offence is clicking, there isn’t much an opposing pitcher can do about it. Toronto tagged Angels starter Matt Shoemaker for all eight of their runs in an 8-4 win . A three-run blast by Edwin Encarnacion in the fifth did the brunt of the damage while R.A. Dickey did his part as well, pitching a complete game and striking out six to improve to 2-5 in 2015. The problem is that when the Blue Jays’ offence isn’t hot, they’re in trouble. Toronto is 17-4 when scoring more than five runs and 2-20 when they score four or fewer. Questions about whether John Gibbons will make it through the season as the club’s manager popped up this week, though those concerns would be put to rest with a couple consistent weeks of all-around play. As it stands the Blue Jays are 4 1/2 games back of the Rays, who now hold the top spot in the AL East after blanking the A’s 3-0 . Want to see more from Thursday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Israel Fehr is a writer for Big League Stew   on Yahoo Sports . Have a tip? Email him at israelfehr@yahoo.ca or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today: — ACES, PART III World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will match up for the third time already this season when the Giants and Dodgers wrap up their three-game series at AT&T Park. ”It’s fun watching those guys.” ALL RIGHT, HAMILTON Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is moving his rehab for offseason shoulder surgery to Triple-A Round Rock in preparation for being activated as early as Monday. Hamilton should play three days with Round Rock before being reevaluated. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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John Gibbons is used to this. Now in the third season of his second go-around as Toronto Blue Jays manager, the calls for his firing have been nearly as frequent as Jose Bautista home runs. So it’s no surprise that the hysteria around his job status is already kicking into high gear given the Blue Jays’ mediocre record through six and a half weeks. According to the Toronto Sun , the organization has had discussions about the future of Gibbons and pitching coach Pete Walker with the club. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also included Gibbons on his recently published speculative list of next managers to be fired. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos was quick to throw cold water on the Sun report during an appearance Tuesday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan . For his part, Gibbons seemed unperturbed by the talk that his time in Toronto might be up soon. “I’ve been in this racket for a while now and really it goes with the territory,” Gibbons told reporters Tuesday . “When the team is struggling, that’s generally what happens. I don’t think it’s any different here than anywhere else, you just learn how to deal with it.” At the quarter mark of the season the Blue Jays are 18-23, five games below .500 but also just  4 1/2 games back of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. Yes, it’s been far from an ideal start in Toronto. No team wants to be in last place, even if they’re a good week from making a significant jump in the standings. But for the early-season struggles to start costing jobs on the coaching staff? It’s far too early for that. The middling results to date can largely be tied to this: veteran starters R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle and popular breakout pick Drew Hutchison haven’t just been bad – they’ve been atrocious. Among the 110 qualified starting pitchers in MLB, the three all rank in the bottom-20 in ERA . Hutchison has been the worst of the bunch (6.17 ERA, 107th), with Dickey (5.76 ERA, 102nd) and Buehrle (5.36 ERA, 95th) only slightly better. Unfortunately for Gibbons the three underperforming starting pitchers have blemished his 2015 canvas, because even with a few injuries there’s been much to like. Newcomers Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin have lived up the hype and excitement around their acquisition during the offseason. It sure seems like they haven’t had an issue playing hard for their new skipper. With starting shortstop Jose Reyes and left fielder Michael Saunders sidelined for much of the season so far, and Bautista currently restricted to a DH-only role because of a bum right shoulder, Gibbons has been forced to be more creative with his lineup. Batting Donaldson in the leadoff spot and Bautista behind him in the No. 2 hole is a novel concept that many big-league managers wouldn’t even consider. Gibbons understands the benefits of getting his best hitters more at-bats and it’s paid off, as even with a couple key pieces out the Blue Jays lead baseball in runs per game with 5.17. Bullpens are an inexact science, both in construction and in-game management. There’s no easier second guess in baseball than a relief pitching move gone awry. Gibbons has been burned by a decision before and will be burned again. What’s most impressive is how he has trusted 20-year-old right-hander Roberto Osuna from the get-go, age and experience be damned, to get outs in critical situations. He’s also shown a willingness to use his closer in high-leverage spots and not exclusively in save situations. These are both good things. So while the 3.93 combined bullpen ERA is a little underwhelming, that number is down to 3.63 for the month of May. Last season Gibbons took the brunt of the blame for the Blue Jays’ porous defence . By that logic he deserves credit for the significant improvement in the field this year. By Defensive Runs Saved, Toronto has been the second best defensive team in MLB . Is it unreasonable to give Gibbons all the credit for the improvement ? Yes, but it’s just as unreasonable as the demands for his dismissal. Gibbons deserves to have at least the rest of the season to work with what the Blue Jays have, or will have, because a move for pitching help would certainly be welcome. Could Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion be the ones dealt to make it happen ? Perhaps. It’s always good to deal from a position of strength, though Anthopoulos has been publicly opposed to moving the team’s two most powerful bats. As Donaldson said this past weekend “this isn’t the try league, it’s the get it done league.” The rotation, specifically Dickey, Buerhle, and Hutchison, doesn’t need to pitch like the 2011 Phillies. Merely performing at a league average level would get it done in their case. That would help solve a whole lot of problems. The truth of the matter is that the manager is the least of those problems. If the Blue Jays don’t get it done this season, it’s the group that will have failed, not just Gibbons. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Canada Sports: – - – - – - – Israel Fehr is a writer for Yahoo Canada Sports . Email him at israelfehr@yahoo.ca or follow him on Twitter. Follow @israelfehr View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Hector Santiago learned a lot from watching the Blue Jays face teammate and fellow left-hander C.J. Wilson on Monday. David Freese drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, Santiago pitched seven innings to win for the first time since April 21, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Toronto 3-2. Santiago (3-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits as the Angels won for the sixth time in eight games. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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Josh Donaldson traded some choice words with an old AL West foe as the Blue Jays snapped their longest losing streak of the season. Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs as the Blue Jays ended a five-game slide, beating the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Monday afternoon. ”We really needed that game,” manager John Gibbons said. ”We’d been scuffling big time.” After striking out in the sixth, Donaldson was caught on camera in the Toronto dugout yelling profanities across the field at Los Angeles pitching coach Mike Butcher, apparently upset that the Angels had argued about the strike zone during his at bat. View full post on Yahoo Sports – MLB – Toronto Blue Jays News

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