Tyler Matzek was rolling along, preventing the opposing team from scoring much, just as he almost always seems to do. ”I felt very comfortable and that’s the disappointing thing,” Matzek said after the Rockies held off the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Monday night. ”I felt like I could go deep in the game and help our bullpen out and something stupid like this preventing me is disappointing.” The Rockies got off to a great start, going up three runs before Matzek even took the mound on Justin Morneau’s three-run homer off Chase Anderson (0-1). Matzek (2-0) pitched well, holding the Diamondbacks to two runs on five hits in five innings.

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Hide the Little Leaguers, we’re about to witness the worst slide we’ll see in baseball all season. The unfortunate subject of today’s unfortunate posting is Colorado Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs. Coming in to play on Saturday night, Stubbs’ season was actually going quite miserably so far. In his first 17 at-bats, he was hitless with 11 strikeouts and little else to show for his season in terms of positive contributions to the ballclub. Little did he know things were about to get worse during Saturday’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to the San Francisco Giants. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Despite his offensive struggles, Rockies manager Walt Weiss still called Stubbs’ number as part of a seventh-inning double switch. With the game on the line in the ninth inning, Weiss once again stuck with Stubbs, who delivered a game-tying fielder’s choice. That’s actually a very good thing, but what followed immediately after was not. Representing the winning run, Stubbs took off for second base and had the bag stolen easily against Santiago Casilla and Andrew Susac, only he didn’t, because he somehow managed to botch the slide and roll over the bag. First and foremost, thankfully Stubbs wasn’t injured on the awkward play. Second, he’s a professional and we certainly respect him for that.  Third, well, there is no third. How does that seriously happen? He can’t blame the playing surface. He can’t claim Brandon Crawford for blocking the bag, because he was reaching for the throw. He just flat botched a basic, routine slide in the ninth inning of a tie game. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] We’ll let the Twitterverse take it from here. Drew Stubbs looked like a man who hasn’t been on the base paths all season while approaching second base there … Oh wait. — Matt Gross (@MattGross87) April 26, 2015 A man named Drew Stubbs just stubbed his toe in the dirt to roll over second and get called out. #ThankYouBaseballGods — SF Lunatic Fringe (@sflunaticfringe) April 26, 2015 Drew Stubbs is literally making me sad to watch right now. I love the guy too much for this. — Blake Street Blogger (@BlakeStBlogger) April 26, 2015 Drew Stubbs out on the worst slide in recorded history. — Jordan Freemyer (@jfreemyer) April 26, 2015 Tim Drew Stubbs Tebow — Colin Daniels (@southstands303) April 26, 2015 There are moments you want to forget. There are moments you can’t forget. This will be both for Drew Stubbs, and unfortunately we had to do our part to make sure it’s never forgotten. 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

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Matt Albers knew something was wrong after he was involved in a benches-clearing brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. The White Sox placed Albers on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a broken pinkie finger on his right hand. They also promoted right-hander Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte and designated left-hander Eric Surkamp for assignment before the resumption of a suspended game against the Royals. Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura fielded a grounder from Chicago outfielder Adam Eaton and the two exchanged words before Eaton was thrown out at first.

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DENVER (AP) — The game between the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies has been rained out.

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Moments after scoring the winning run for the Giants, Nori Aoki was in the middle of a playful clubhouse celebration in which he was presented with his AL championship ring from his time last season with the Kansas City Royals, the team San Francisco beat in the World Series. Aoki scored from third on Joe Panik’s bunt down the first base line in the 11th inning, lifting the Giants to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. Angel Pagan followed with a single to center, but Drew Stubbs’ strong throw forced Aoki to hold up. ”He’s fast,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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If the Gold Glove at third base in the National League is Nolan Arenado’s to lose, all the other candidates might as well change positions or find a new goal for the year. Arenado has done nothing but add highlight reel plays to his already impressive resume, and the work he’s currently doing could easily cement him as the man to beat for years to come. For example, take Friday night’s defensive exhibition in the Colorado’s 6-4 win against the San Francisco Giants. At two key points in the game, Arenado stepped up to make exceptional defensive plays. The first saved Colorado at least one run, while getting them two outs. The second killed a rally before it could even get started, which helped Colorado hold on. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Arenado’s big defensive night started in the fourth inning. With runners at first and second, no outs and the game still tied, Casey McGehee hit a sharp one-hopper down the third-base line that seemed ticketed for the left-field corner. Arenado dived to his right, full extension, to flag the ball down, which alone was very impressive. He quickly got to his feet and without hesitation ran three steps to third for the first out. That, also, was quite impressive. Amazingly, he still had time to throw across the diamond to double up McGehee. In one fluid motion, he tagged third with his foot, and then fired across with a jump throw to nab McGehee by less than a step. Simply amazing athleticism coupled with razor sharp awareness. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] But that was only one of his gems. In the seventh, Arenado was in on the grass for Gregor Blanco while the rest of Colorado’s defense was shifted to the right side. Blanco hit a soft chopper where the shortstop usually is, but Arenado ranged to his left, and with a scoop, spin and throw, got Blanco at first.  It’s a play not many third baseman can make at all. Arenado made it look effortless, proving once again that he’s the new measuring stick defensively at the hot corner.   Along with Troy Tulowitzki and D.J. LeMahieu, who are also Gold Glove winners, it’s no wonder people are calling Colorado’s infield Coors Shield. The Leather Daddies has been coined in their honor as well, so Rockies fans are obviously having fun with their exceptional infield defense.  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

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The previously red hot Atlanta Braves were cooled off in New York to begin the week. Now it would appear they’re frozen after dropping their weekend series opener 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies. The fact the game ended 1-0 is painful enough for Atlanta. That they only mustered two hits against Aaron Harang, who was in their rotation last season, adds some salt to the wound. But the kicker has to be their defense, which committed four errors on the evening. The final one led directly to the game’s only run, as Freddie Freeman was unable to handle Ben Revere’s ninth-inning chopper. Freeman and the entire infield were drawn in on the play to cut down the winning run at home. It might have worked, but the ball squirted away before Freeman could corral it, which allowed Freddy Galvis to sprint home. It goes down as a game-winning RBI for Revere, and a walk-off error for Freeman, who committed only five errors all last season. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Galvis had three hits in the game, including his single leading off the ninth. He advanced to second on a sacrifice and third on a passed ball by A.J. Pierzynski, so that’s even more sloppy defense from Atlanta.  Unfortunately, it goes as a no-decision for Harang, who was lights out in his eight innings of work. He struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.37. Overall, the Phillies will take any win they can get after dropping 9 of their previous 11.    KING FELIX OVERWHELMS THE TWINS Felix Hernandez against the Minnesota Twins offense is not a fair fight, but it’s a challenge the Twins were forced to take on Friday night. Hint: They didn’t win.  The King of Seattle’s rotation lived up to his moniker with an efficiently dominant outing, as he shut out the Twins on just five hits. In fact, the Twins had zero baserunners until two outs in the fifth. Hernandez, perhaps humoring them or perhaps toying with them, allowing a pair of runners in the sixth, but escaped without allowing a run. He ended up needing just 102 pitches to complete his first shutout since Aug. 27 2012.

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Justin Maxwell took advantage of a second chance to drive in the winning run. Maxwell was robbed of a big hit in his previous at-bat, but his single with one out in the 10th inning sent the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday for a three-game sweep. In the eighth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, Maxwell smacked a liner up the middle, but second baseman Howie Kendrick made a diving catch to end the threat and preserve a 2-1 Dodger lead. I was ready to hit,” Maxwell said of his winning single.

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(Adds late games) April 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Thursday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – Mets 6, Braves 3 New York won a franchise record-tying 11th game in a row as second baseman Daniel Murphy had four RBIs in support of 41-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon in the victory over Atlanta at their Citi Field home. The Mets, who previously won 11 straight in 1990, improved to a Major League Baseball best 13-3. Colon became the fourth pitcher 40 years or older in 80 years — following 300-game winners Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens — to win his first four starts of the season. – - – Cardinals 4, Nationals 1 First baseman Matt Adams’ sixth-inning RBI single proved to be the difference Thursday in a pitchers’ duel as St. Louis beat Washington in the rubber game of a closely contested series.

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Bill Baer runs through messy bullpen situations with the Tigers and Pirates, and more in Thursday's Daily Dose.

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