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 . Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez nearly carved out a rare place in the history books on Friday night. The 31-year-old from Maracay, Venezuela came up five outs short of pitching his second career no-hitter in Detroit’s 8-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, that score is deceiving. We’ll get to that in a moment.  As for Sanchez, he was looking to become the 28th pitcher in MLB history to throw multiple no-hitters. He also pitched a no-hitter for the then Florida Marlins on Sept. 6, 2006 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The near nine-year stretch between no-hitters would have been the second longest between a pitcher’s first and second.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] It takes a special performance just to notch one no-hitter. That’s why there have only been 289 of them in the league’s history. Sanchez was close to that level on Friday, allowing just two baserunners on a pair of walks through the first seven innings. He just didn’t have enough to cross the finish line.  Sanchez ended up allowing four runs on three hits in the inning. That’s because manager Brad Ausmus elected to stick with Sanchez despite his 110 pitches and the clear fact he was wearing out. The decision near’y proved disastrous as the Blue Jays offense caught fire and plated six runs before the eighth ended. Joakim Soria silenced them in the ninth for his 21st save.  The results were good, but the news isn’t all good for Detroit. First baseman Miguel Cabrera was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning with a strained left calf. He’s set to undergo an MRI and there’s concern his absence could be lengthy.  YANKEES PICK UP FIRST WALKOFF WIN IN 2015 The New York Yankees took their fans on a roller coaster ride Friday night, but made sure everyone went home happy with their first walk-off win since Derek Jeter’s final home game last September. Brian McCann played the role of hero, launching a three-run home run off Tampa Bay reliever Steve Geltz in the 12th to set off fireworks and wrap up the 7-5 victory.  The Yankees needed another big swing just to get to that spot though. Trailing by three runs in the eighth, Mark Teixeira launched a game-tying three-run homer off Kevin Jepsen. That wiped out an excellent start from Tampa’s Chris Archer, who tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.   The resilient Rays pulled back ahead in the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but New York would not be denied. Brett Gardner, Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira all reached base to help set up McCann’s big swing.  ROYALS ALSO NOTCH FIRST WALKOFF WIN The Yankees and Kansas City were the only two teams without a walkoff win entering play on Friday. That all changed in a matter of minutes.  Thanks to the speed of Lorenzo Cain and a well-placed ground ball by Jarrod Dyson, the Royals celebrated a 3-2, 10-inning victory against the visiting Minnesota Twins.  Cain led off the 10th with a double and went to third with one out on a wild pitch. Dyson then hit a chopper to first baseman Joe Mauer. Mauer fired home, but the tag was a split-second late as a headfirst sliding Cain got the plate with his left hand.  With the win, Kansas City snapped a season-high four-game losing streak and moved to 4 1/2 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central. Wade Davis earned the win on the hill with a scoreless 10th inning. His season ERA was lowered to 0.26.       CARDINALS LOSE FOURTH STRAIGHT AT HOME It turns out the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t unbeatable after all. After being swept in a quick two-game series by the Chicago White Sox, the Cardinals have now lost two straight to the San Diego Padres, running their losing streak to four. On Friday, they fell 2-1 despite a strong effort from right-hander Michael Wacha. Wacha allowed just one run over seven outstanding innings. Closer Trevor Rosenthal, who had allowed just two earned runs all season, cracked in the ninth however, allowing a run on a Yangervis Solarte triple and Jedd Gyorko single. That run would be the difference.  For San Diego, Andrew Cashner was on point, holding St. Louis to one run over six innings. Three Padres relievers combined to allow just one hit over three innings, with Craig Kimbrel picking up his 21st save. Gyorko was the offensive hero, knocking in both of San Diego’s runs.  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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NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone still ranting about the online election that put five Kansas City Royals in position to start the All-Star Game, the following is for you.

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Will Venable was hardly the ideal choice to grab a bat cold off the bench. Good thing Padres interim manager Pat Murphy didn’t know Venable had been 1 for 17 as a pinch hitter. ”I think as players you’re attached to numbers in every situation,” Venable said after his two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning helped the Padres snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the suddenly scuffling St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yangervis Solarte of the San Diego Padres was ejected for arguing a strikeout on a checked swing in the sixth inning against the Cardinals on Thursday night.

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Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of closers and base thieves.

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The Seattle Mariners were leading the San Diego Padres by a run through six innings when manager Lloyd McClendon decided 22-year-old Taijuan Walker had gone far enough, even with a shutout intact. Walker did more than enough, holding the punchless Padres to one hit. The Mariners then piled on against James Shields and the Padres’ bullpen, winning 7-0 Wednesday in their second straight shutout against the Padres.

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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. Move over Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners have apparently discovered a new ace. Mike Montgomery dazzled again Tuesday, leading the M’s to a 5-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. It wasn’t the first time Montgomery tossed a complete game shutout this season. In fact, he did it in his previous start. This two-game stretch puts him in rare company. Mike Montgomery of the #Mariners is just the eighth pitcher since 2010 with back-to-back shutouts. Max Scherzer also did it this year. — David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) July 1, 2015 Montgomery was absolutely filthy during Tuesday’s contest. He carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Yangervis Solarte doubled with one out. That was the only hit Montgomery would allow during the start. Over his nine shutout innings, Montgomery gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out seven. After six starts in the majors this season, Montgomery has a 1.62 ERA.  KEUCHEL CAN’T BE STOPPED The Houston Astros have the best record in the American League. A big part of that has been pitcher Dallas Keuchel. The 27-year-old ace was fantastic again Wednesday during a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Houston has now won three straight contests, two of which of come against the Royals. Kansas City entered the series with just one fewer win than Houston, but the Astros have asserted their dominance thus far. [ On this week's StewPod: Looking back at a fun week in baseball with Jeff Passan ] Keuchel, once again, was phenomenal. He allowed seven hits over eight shutout innings. Keuchel struck out seven and did not allow a walk during the contest.  Though it may seem crazy, Keuchel has actually put himself in MVP conversation this season. There is a not-entirely-crazy case to be made that, at this point, Dallas Keuchel has been the AL’s MVP. — David Cameron (@DCameronFG) July 1, 2015 That’s a significant development for a pitcher whose career ERA in the majors was 5.20 entering 2014. With the win, the Astros improved to 46-34 on the year. The club holds a four-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West. DANNY SALAZAR COMES THROUGH FOR TRIBE A day after his teammate flirted with a no-hitter Cleveland Indians pitcher Danny Salazar decided to do the same. Salazar was perfect through five innings during a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. On Monday, rookie Cody Anderson carried a perfect game into the seventh. Salazar didn’t make it that far, but still managed an impressive outing. Salazar was perfect through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. He walked the leadoff man, ending the bid for perfection. The no-hitter ended just two hitters later as Curt Casali doubled to left. Salazar would make it out of the inning without giving up any runs. He eventually would allow the Rays to get on the board, but that didn’t happen until the eighth inning. Logan Forsythe walked to start things off, and came in to score on an Asdrubal Cabrera double. Salazar would wind up giving up one more run, but it came on an error. With the win, Salazar improved to 7-3 on the year. He has a 3.80 ERA over 14 starts. BOSTON HANGS ON AGAINST THE JAYS Boston Red Sox rookie Eduardo Rodriguez had a tough task Tuesday. Rodriguez had to shutdown the lefty-mashing Toronto Blue Jays. He was successful, inching out the 4-3 victory. While the game wound up being close at the end, that wasn’t due to Rodriguez. The youngster was fantastic, giving up just one earned run against the potent Blue Jays lineup. Over six innings, Rodriguez allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four during the outing. It was the team’s bullpen that made things interesting. Tommy Layne replaced Rodriguez to start the seventh, and found himself in some trouble. Following a Kevin Pillar single, Layne gave up a two run homer to Jose Reyes to bring the score within one run. Alexi Ogando entered at that point, and managed to keep Josh Donaldson from extending the inning. Ogando remained in the game during the eighth, tossing a perfect frame despite facing the meat of the Jays lineup.  [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Koji Uehara got the call in the ninth, and was able to close things out without any issues. With the win, the Red Sox improved to 36-43 on the year. The club currently resides in last place in the American League East. Want to see more from Tuesday’s slate of games? Check out  our scoreboard . More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at christophercwik@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik

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Bruce Bochy’s plans to get some more offense into the Giants’ lineup likely means less time behind the plate for Buster Posey. San Francisco’s’ All-Star catcher doesn’t mind the break. With Andrew Susac starting at catcher and batting seventh, Posey moved to first base and hit his second grand slam in five games to help San Francisco beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Wednesday night.

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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. Exactly two months to the day the New York Mets had their 11-game winning streak snapped by the New York Yankees, they lost their seventh straight, 4-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers, and fell to one game under .500. Oh how quickly things can change around Major League Baseball. On April 27, the Mets were a season-best 10 games over at 15-5. As recently as June 4, they were 30-25, good enough for a half-game lead over the Washington Nationals. Now on June 24, they’ve fallen to 36-37, putting them 3 1/2 games behind those same Nationals. It’s not a huge drop in the division standings, but it’s a concerning drop in terms of quality of play and their overall postseason chances if they need to rely on the wild card. The Pirates, Cubs and Giants have all forged ahead, and the Braves and Diamondbacks aren’t far behind. The biggest of New York’s issues was on display again Wednesday. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the offense was unable to put any pressure on Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson. A Curtis Granderson home run was one of only two hits they could muster against Nelson over seven innings. Overall, the Mets had just three hits and four baserunners. Bartolo Colon continued trending backward as well, dropping his fifth decsion in eight starts. Colon was tagged for four runs on 10 hits in six innings. That after allowing seven runs in four-plus innings his last time out against Toronto. His nine wins are still tied for second in the NL. His 4.89 ERA, however, is not. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] The Mets will look to avoid the sweep on Thursday at Miller Park. As if fans weren’t squirming enough already, another loss to the woeful Brewers could be the tipping point in terms of demanding some action. All eyes on Milwaukee. BUSTER POSEY HITS ANOTHER GRAND SLAM IN GIANTS WIN Ryan Vogelsong and the San Francisco Giants bullpen didn’t need a lot of support in Wednesday’s 6-0 win against the San Diego Padres. In fact, Buster Posey provided all that was needed and then some in the third inning when he connected for his second grand slam over his past five games.  With his second slam, Posey joined St ephen Vogt, Todd Frazier and Kyle Seager as the only players with multiple grannies this season. Overall, it was Posey’s  fourth career grand slam during the regular season. He also hit one off Cincinnati’s Mat Latos during the 2012 NLDS. Vogelsong pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits while striking out four. Javier Lopez, George Kontos and Jean Machi each followed with a perfect inning to wrap up the dominant victory and remain within one game of the first-place Dodgers.   YANKEES AVOID SWEEP AGAINST PHILLIES Letdowns are inevitable during the course of a 162-game season. You can’t avoid them, you can only try to lessen their impact, which the New York Yankees effectively did on Wednesday in defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2. After dropping each of the first two games to the league’s worst club, the Yankees fought back against Cole Hamels, perhaps baseball’s most desired trade chip, to the tune of five earned runs on eight hits over five innings. [ On this week's StewPod: Joc Pederson talks talented MLB rookies, video games. ] New York continued piling on against Philadelphia’s bullpen, collecting 15 hits overall. Mark Teixiera led the attack with three hits and two RBIs. Five other Yankees, including Alex Rodriguez, had two hits. Rodriguez and Jose Pirela each drove in two. The offense was in support of Ivan Nova, who was making his return following Tommy John surgery last season. Nova was very effective, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and two walks. A healthy, effective Nova from here on out would be a large addition to New York’s rotation, and Wednesday was about the best step possible. ONE IS ENOUGH FOR BLUE JAYS In a season dominated mostly by pitching, the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays played the fourth game this season to be scoreless through at least 11 innings. For all we know, had Toronto’s Chris Colabello not connected for a one-out home run off Tampa Bay’s Brandon Gomes in the 12th, the game might still be going. Colabello’s homer stood as the only run in the Blue Jays 1-0 victory, which allowed them to win the series and their league-best 16th game in June. Pitching was the name of the game, and for Toronto’s Marco Estrada it was nearly a historic performance. He carried a perfect game into the eighth inning before Logan Forsythe’s one-out infield single snapped the string. Estrada finished with 8 2/3 scoreless innings on two hits. In his previous outing last Friday against Baltimore, Estrada carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. From out of nowhere, the 31-year-old right-hander is among baseball’s hottest hurlers. On the flip side, Tampa Bay’s Nathan Karns allowed just three hits over six scoreless. That’s good for several pats on the back, but no victory. Want to see more from Wednesday’s slate of games? Check out our scoreboard . 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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(Adds later game) June 27 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights from Saturday’s Major League Baseball games: – - – - LA Angels 4, Seattle 2 Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano left Saturday’s 4-2 loss against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning after being hit in the head by an errant throw. Cano was injured after hitting into a double play. The throw from Angels shortstop Taylor Featherston hit Cano in the head and he underwent Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol test in the bottom of the seventh.

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