MLB podcast with Larry Crino: Yankees Happ helps in win this week; Giants smoke A’s in series finale; plus more

New York Yankees pitcher AJ Happ has led the way in the Yankees success this season as the team closes in on a playoff birth. The Boston Red Sox ended the Yankees ten game win streak on Sunday (photo from

On the MLB podcast with Larry:

#1 The New York Yankees are close to clinching a playoff spot while they trail the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. The Yankees have been getting some good pitching from AJ Happ and some bombs from Clint Fraizer.

#2 The Giants bats have fallen silent at a critical time in the first two games of the series in Oakland the Giants have been shutout by scores of 6-0.

#3 The Minnesota Twins have been getting timely hitting just in time for the home stretch of the season. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the Twins will celebrate every victory as they are in second behind first place Chicago in the AL Central.

#4 Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said upon his retirement he was doing this because of health reasons. Gardenhire had suffered a stomach virus and missed two games in Minnesota and later told Tigers general manager Al Avila that he was not feeling well and the time had come to hang it up.

#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will run away with the National League West once again they have a healthy five game lead on San Diego in the NL West and were on a six game win streak until it was snapped on Sunday in a loss to the Colorado Rockies 6-3. The Dodgers are counting the days for post season.

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MLB podcast with Larry Crino: Gunman caught before KC-Pittsburgh game; Lamb to take Chapman’s place in A’s line up ; plus more

The scene outside of Arrowhead Stadium as police answer the call of an active shooter before the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals game over at Kaufman Stadium on Saturday (@KCStar photo)

On the MLB podcast with Larry Crino:

#1 Larry, Kansas City Police had the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals delayed on Saturday because of an active shooter in the vicinity of Arrowhead Stadium shots were fired the suspect was arrested he found with two guns and a knife. The area was on lockdown and the Pirates bus to Kaufman Stadium was delayed.

#2 The Oakland A’s Matt Chapman was such a key factor in the A’s line up but now he will miss the rest of the season due to hip surgery Chapman hit .232, 22 runs scored and 33 hits. The A’s are brining in third baseman Jake Lamb from the Arizona Diamondbacks who has five hits, no homers and is batting .116 will he be the answer for Chapman?

#3 Larry the LA Dodgers are in San Diego to open up a three game series the Padres just got done playing a doubleheader against the Giants who had a setback of a false positive test. The Padres are a force to reckon with with Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr both hitting over .300 and mighty pitcher Mike Clevinger.

#4 On Saturday Dodger fans greeted the Houston Astros arriving by bus at Dodgers Stadium beating garbage cans and calling them everything you could think of when they arrived in the parking lot. One thing the Astros can be glad about these fans were getting no where inside the stadium.

#5 Larry, What has happened to the New York Yankees they have lost five of their last 11  games, it’s the middle of September it’s getting late early their five games behind first place Tampa Bay they have won their last three games but their hoping to see post season.

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MLB podcast with Larry Crino: A’s Covid case might force them to miss series in Seattle; Sox Pillar apologizes for words used in racial injustice protest; plus more

(file photo from Boston Herald) Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar seen here in July 19 photo at the Sox summer camp apologized for saying that taking Thursday off for racial injustice and teammate Jackie Bradley Jr was not as important as the playing the game.

MLB podcast with Larry Crino:

#1 The Oakland A’s cancelled their game with the Houston Astros Sunday due to a member of the team traveling party testing positive for Coronavirus. The A’s will isolate in their Houston hotel and they are scheduled to be in Seattle on Tuesday night to face the Mariners.

#2 The Boston Red Sox Kevin Pillar said that when the Red Sox voted not to play because of racial injustice and for shooting victim Jacob Blake he said regarding the team’s only African American player Jackie Bradley Jr on the team “Is it more important that we uplift Jackie because he’s the only one? My answer would be no.” Pillar received lots of criticism for the remarks on social media and later apologized for his choice of words and for and not supporting the social injustices that are taking place.

#3 Larry talk about how important it is for the San Diego Padres to have swung a deal with the Boston Red Sox getting Mitch Moreland in exchange for outfielder Jeisson Rosario and third baseman Hudson Potts. Also the Pads picked up pitcher Mike Clevinger from Cleveland in a nine player deal.

#4 Larry inspite of all the problems the Miami Marlins had with a Covid outbreak on the team which sidelined up to 16 players and two coaches the Marlins were really expected to go nowhere are currently two games out of first place and also had the help with call ups, free agents, and and rookies who took over and kept them in running during the outbreak.

#5 Larry talk about the season that Max Muncy is having he had four RBIs with a three run home run and helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Muncy is hitting only .198, 9 home runs, 20 RBIs but he can be clutch.

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MLB podcast with Larry Crino: Trout rookie card is most expensive card of all time; Nats Strausburg out for season; plus more

The Los Angeles Angels 2009 Topps Bowman Chrome Superfactor Mike Trout rookie card fetched for $3.93 million topping the 1909 T-206 Pittsburgh Pirates Honus Wagner card which sold for $3.12 million (photo from

On the MLB podcast with Larry:

#1 Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout’s rookie grade 9, 2009 Topps Bowman Chrome Superfactor card fetched for $3.93 million during the Golden Auctions on line surpassing the T-206 Honus Wagner card which sold for $3.12 million.

#2 The Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strausburg is done for the 2020 season. Strausburg is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and will have surgery it was announced by Nat’s manager Dave Martinez.

#3 The New York Mets who had to cancel three games against the New  York Yankees Friday through Sunday announced that their traveling party were all tested for Covid and all have come through negative. Two Mets players had tested positive during their road trip last week forcing them to cancel the series with the Yankees as the club is waiting word from MLB when they can resume .

#4 Jazhiel Morel a Washington Nationals employee threw two cups of coffee in the face of a convenience store employee in the Dominican Republic. Morel said he would turn himself into the police on Monday.

#5 How rough does it get for the Miami Marlins catcher Francisco Cervelli who will be on the injured list due to a concussion. Cevelli was concussed on Saturday and will be out for seven days.

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MLB podcast with Larry Crino: Cardinal players have gone to ER with Covid; How long can SF’s Pence last?; plus more

Tough break for San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence who lost the ball in the lights to lose a no hitter for pitcher Johnny Cueto in the sixth inning Friday night at Dodgers Stadium (AP photo)

On the MLB podcast with Larry:

#1 Larry three more positive Covid tests for the St Louis Cardinals players on the Cards reportedly have gone to the Emergency Room and their weekend series with the Chicago Cubs cancelled due to the outbreak on the team how much more of this should baseball endure and should they cancel the season?

#2 At what point does MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have to say that the game has a real pandemic issue, their not playing in a bubble, half the roster of the Miami Marlins are still out on quarantine, the Cardinals might have more than just three players out with Coronavirus.

#3 The San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is one of the nicest people in the game you could either meet or interview, fantastic with the fans and a great clubhouse teammate but on the field he’s struggling he went 0-23 to start the season, he’s hitting .063 with just two hits in 32 at bats, and he totally lost a fly ball in left field when Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto was throwing a no hitter in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. As hard as it is to say it about Pence, how much longer will the Giants hold onto him?

#4 The Giants lost a tough game to open the series 7-2 and edged the Dodgers in game two 4-3 outside of the Cueto game the Giants are having struggles with the their starting pitching and getting starters to keep runs down and hold leads.

#5 Giant starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is no exception, Samardzija has pitched in three games and has allowed six homers and gave up three homers on Friday night in the 7-2 loss in LA he’s on the IL with a shoulder inpingement and is expected to miss ten days at least. Samardzija reportedly could have pitched his last game as a Giant.

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MLB podcast with Larry Crino: Reds Votto out with Covid-19; Astros Osuna out with arm injury; plus more

(AP file photo) Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the IL due to Covid-19 related symptoms.

On the MLB podcast with Larry:

#1 The Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto was placed on the IL for Covid-19 related symptoms last week the Reds Mike Moustakas was placed on the IL due to symptoms appealed and won and came back after three days, Nick Senzel missed three games even though was never was put on the IL.

#2 Larry were going to go through a list of another type of injury that has been plaguing the big leagues and that’s arm injuries and we’ll start with the Houston Astros Roberto Osuna who is out with arm discomfort and needs to have an MRI done.

#3 Larry another series canceled over the weekend with the St Louis Cardinals announcing they have three staff members and one player out with Covid-19 related symptoms. The Cards were supposed to face the Milwaukee Brewers. The series will be rescheduled.

#4 The Yankees and Phillies have rescheduled their games due to the Covid outbreak the Yankees will host the Phils Aug 3rd and 4th and the Phils will host the Yankees 5th and 6th.

#5 Seeing how things are right now in hindsight wouldn’t it have sensible to have bubbles in the Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida and had bubbles.

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