The Chicago Cubs fan found the ideal seat at Wrigley Field almost by accident, sitting in the sunniest of spots along the left-field line and finding a friendly vendor to bring some nachos for his buddy. He even caught a foul ball that day. Of course, that fan was Ferris Bueller and just part of his amazing day after ditching school in the 1986 classic ”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Now, you, the casual fan, can find that sort of ideal seat at a major league park – with no principal chasing you, either. Joel Carben and two of his sports tech-savvy buddies created IdealSeat, a fan engagement platform that uses heat maps to chart the most likely sections to snare a souvenir foul ball.

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Rob Manfred fell one vote short of the required three-quarters majority on the first ballot Thursday to become the new baseball commissioner, a person familiar with the balloting told The Associated Press. Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, received 22 votes and Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner got eight, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized. The third candidate, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan, dropped out just before the start of voting. Teams cast secret written votes in MLB’s first contested election for a new commissioner in 46 years.

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The Giants scored seven runs in the seventh inning after the replay official overturned an out call at home because they said Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers illegally blocked Gregor Blanco’s path to the plate, and San Francisco went on to beat the White Sox 7-1 on Wednesday. ”We’ll take it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Bochy challenged the play, and umpires ruled Flowers’ left leg was illegally blocking the plate before the ball arrived. White Sox manager Robin Ventura argued the call and was immediately ejected, setting off an epic protest in which he repeatedly kicked dirt on the plate.

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Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball’s chief operating officer, is considered the favorite to succeed Bud Selig as MLB commissioner among three candidates facing a Thursday vote by club owners over a changing of the guard. Manfred, Selig’s right-hand man, was recommended by a search committee along with MLB executive vice president in charge of business Tim Brosnan and Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner as candidates to take over the reins of the $8 billion league. Selig, 80, will end a 23-year reign, second longest behind the 24 years served by MLB’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, in January.

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A memo to opposing pitchers on behalf of Yoenis Cespedes: Don’t. Don’t try to buzz him off the plate with a high-and-tight pitch. Don’t try to rattle him by throwing close to his head. Just don’t. You’re only going to make him better. Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton learned this the hard way and paid dearly Tuesday night in the Boston Red Sox’s 3-2 win over the Reds . Cespedes came to bat with two outs in the eighth inning and a runner on base. The Red Sox were down 2-1. We know Cespedes, the two-time reigning Home Run Derby champ, is absolutely able to hit the ball out of the yard, which is partially why Broxton started with the mind games on the first pitch. Here’s Broxton’s brush-back and Cespedes’ reaction: At this point, it’s no surprise what happened next: Cespedes hit the very next pitch 430 feet for a two-run homer that was eventually the game-winner for the Red Sox.  Buzzing a batter like that might work sometimes, but Cespy don’t play that. After the game, he told reporters, including Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe : “A lot of times pitchers think that when you get a pitch thrown high and tight on you like that, you’re going to back off and get a little flustered,’’ Cespedes said. “But that’s not how I am. I was able to focus myself even more after that pitch.” Take note, pitchers. Broxton just helped you all learn a lesson. Playing games with Cespedes might seem like a good idea, but don’t. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will skip his next minor-league rehab start and instead take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will skip his next minor league rehab start and instead take the mound for the Yankees on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles. Esmil Rogers was initially tabbed to be New York’s starter. Pineda has made two rehab starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and was scheduled for one more. Baltimore leads the division.

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Though he worked at least seven innings only twice in 38 career starts over parts of three seasons with St. Louis, Joe Kelly needed one outing with the Boston Red Sox to make it three such games. The right-hander will try to build on his impressive debut while leading the visiting Red Sox to consecutive wins for the first time in three weeks Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds. Kelly (0-0, 1.29 ERA) averaged five innings in his seven starts for the Cardinals before being shipped with Allen Craig to Boston (52-65) on July 31 for John Lackey. It was a different story in an emotional Red Sox debut for Kelly on Wednesday.

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What turned out to be the longest day in Toronto Blue Jays’ history, a 6-5 win in 19 innings over the Detroit Tigers, nearly ended in the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Anthony Gose led off with a single but was called out at second on a steal as center fielder Colby Rasmus struck out. The Blue Jays challenged — and won. The review determined that Gose was safe and he scored the tying run on a two-out single by shortstop Jose Reyes.

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If you enjoy watching baseball into the early morning hours, then you absolutely loved MLB opening the season in Australia. Oh, and chances are you enjoyed Saturday night into Sunday morning’s epic 19-inning battle between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels as well.
The game ultimately came down to one swing of the bat from Albert Pujols. That swing resulted in an opposite field home run off Brandon Workman that secured a 5-4 win for the Angels.
Of course, no marathon game would be complete without a game-ending review. At least these days. And in this case it definitely was worth another look. The ball clearly hit off the top of the wall, but it was difficult to tell if it actually cleared it and bounced back on the field or if it just came down. The umpires looked at it for about a minute and upheld the call, likely because there wasn’t a good enough angle to justify overturning it. And maybe slightly because they wanted to get back to the hotel before Sunday’s scheduled game for 1:05 p.m. locally.

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