Billy Hamilton doesn’t bother to watch video of pitchers’ moves to home plate. When he reaches first, one of baseball’s top base stealers goes more by observation and instinct. ”I see so many things happen when I’m on the bases, so I can’t go into a game and say this is what the pitcher does,” Hamilton said.

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The Phillies have assets and they need to rebuild. Can their embattled GM make the right deal?

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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. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was faced with a difficult decision Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels: Should he allow his tiring ace to continue pitching, or turn to his bullpen? Ausmus chose the latter, and it wound up costing him the game.  In the eighth inning, Ausmus made his choice. Up until the beginning of the frame, starter David Price had turned in a strong performance. He started to show signs of fatigue during his final inning.  Price allowed a walk and a single to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved both hitters over, the Tigers issued an intentional walk to Grant Green.  [Listen up! We've got Rays star Evan Longoria on this week's StewPod ] With the bases loaded, Price managed to induce an infield fly, picking up the second out. At that point, Price had thrown 121 pitches. Ausmus decided that was enough, and made the call to the pen. Joba Chamberlain entered the game, but couldn’t get the job done. Johnny Giavotella hit a single up the middle, scoring two runs. Chamberlain would induce a weak groundout against the next hitter, but the damage was already done.  Though Ausmus’ decision did not work out, it’s worth noting that Price hadn’t thrown this many pitches in quite some time. David Price’s 121 pitches tonight are his most since 9/10/2013 and tied for the fourth most in his career. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 1, 2015 Detroit could not mount a come back against Huston Street, falling 4-2. With the loss, Price fell to 4-2 on the year. He wound up allowing four runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. Price walked four and struck out six. He has a 3.15 ERA, and 3.27 FIP, over 74 1/3 innings. BREWERS/D-BACKS PLAY NEVER-ENDING GAME  The Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks must have felt generous Sunday. They gave the fans nearly two games for the price of one. Though Milwaukee eventually sent the fans home happy, it took them 17 innings to do so. The Brewers were finally able to break a 6-6 tie, picking up the 7-6 walk-off victory in the 17th. Both clubs got their scoring out of the way early. By the end of the sixth inning, the Brewers had a 6-5 lead. The Diamondbacks managed to tie things up in the eighth, and that’s when things started to get weird. It wasn’t as if the club’s offenses went away, however. Both clubs threatened quite a bit in extras, but could not scratch a run across the plate.  The situation got so dire that both teams turned to starting pitchers late in the contest. Matt Garza wound up tossing five strong innings, eventually picking up the win. On the other side, Vidal Nuno was used for 5 1/3 innings before finally giving up a walk-off home run to Martin Maldonado.  The game set a few Brewers records. Miller Park record game time of 5 hours, 49 minutes. Ties Miller Park record for most innings (17) – also 5/15/03 vs. ChC. #MILvsARI — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 1, 2015 Milwaukee will take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. DANKS GOES THE DISTANCE It’s been a rough season for Chicago White Sox starter John Danks. The 30-year-old has struggled on the mound, and there was briefly talk he could be replaced by prospect Carlos Rodon. The club opted to move Hector Noesi to the bullpen instead, and Danks rewarded that decision Sunday against the Houston Astros. Danks tossed a complete game shutout, picking up the 6-0 victory against Houston. It was the third time in his career Danks picked up a shutout. It was actually a game full of milestones for Danks. He also notched his 1,000th career strikeout during the win. Though he pitched well, Danks proved to be fairly hittable during the contest. He allowed 10 hits and one walk over nine innings. Danks struck out six batters.  Giving up 10 hits during a complete game shutout is not an easy task. John Danks: first #WhiteSox 10+ hit shutout since Stan Bahnsen 6/21/1973 (12 hits) — Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 31, 2015 With the win, Danks lowered his ERA to 4.81. The 23-26 White Sox are set to take on the Texas Rangers starting Tuesday. GIANTS BLOW ONE LATE The San Francisco Giants did something uncommon Sunday against the Atlanta Braves: They blew a game in the late innings. Prior to Sunday’s 7-5 loss, the Giants had only suffered three blown saves this season. That’s only the Giants’ 3rd blown save of the season — fewest in the majors. — Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) May 31, 2015 In fact, since Santiago Casilla became the team’s closer, the team had never lost a game in which he blew a save , according to Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles. That changed Sunday. With the Giants up by two, Casilla entered in the ninth, looking to nail down the save. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] Things started out promising, as Juan Uribe grounded out for the first out. Then, things went downhill. Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run, bringing the lead to just one run. Andrelton Simmons worked a walk, putting the tying run on base. A fielding error put men on first and second. A.J. Pierzynski would then load the bases with a single. With the bases juiced, Casilla gave up a bases-clearing triple to Jace Peterson. The Braves took the 7-5 lead. Casilla managed to pick up one more out before he was removed from the contest. His ERA jumped to 2.82 following the outing.  Want to see more from Sunday’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? 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Jesse Pantuosco looks at Dallas Keuchel's stellar outing and Chi Chi Gonzalez's debut in Sunday's Daily Dose.

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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. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t exactly fun or interesting picking the San Francisco Giants to make the postseason again this season. After winning three of the last five World Series, we’d rather turn our attention to up and coming teams and the trendy picks of the season. But if we’re being smart, there’s no reason to pick against those Giants until they give us good reason. The loss of Pablo Sandoval seemed like a good reason. The loss of Hunter Pence for six weeks to an injury seemed like a good reason too. But they weren’t. The Giants have easily overcome both and a six-game deficit in the NL West to take first place away from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants reached the mountain top with a 4-2 victory against the Atlanta Braves. Earlier in the evening, the Dodgers fell 3-0 in St. Louis. Buster Posey led the charge for San Francisco with two hits, including a home run and double, while driving in three. Tim Hudson limited his former team to one run on five hits over seven innings.  The victory is San Francisco’s fifth straight and 21st overall in May, which make them the hottest team in the league. The return of Pence has helped. Despite going 0-for-4 on Friday, he’s hitting .273 and has scored 11 runs and driven in 12 in his first 13 games off the DL. But mainly it has been the pitching. This month alone, they’ve recorded nine shutouts. Three of those came in a recent series against the Dodgers. The Giants are not a flashy group. At least not in the same vein as the Golden State Warriors.  Hello, Stephen Curry. Big thanks to @StephenCurry30 and his family for bringing the electricity to AT&T park tonight. pic.twitter.com/7V7z8EwLxU — Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) May 30, 2015 But they’re a talented squad with seemingly unmatched resilience. And this year they seem resolved to retain their crown. [Listen up! We've got Rays star Evan Longoria on this week's StewPod ] ROYALS SOAR AS CUBS STUMBLE In a battle between franchises that recently shed the lovable loser tag or are in the process of shedding said tag, the Kansas City Royals knocked off the Chicago Cubs 8-4 at Wrigley Field. The Royals used their power swing early to build a 4-1 lead, connected for three home runs off Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Alcides Escobar led off the game with his second of the season, while Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon each followed with their sixth. The Cubs battled back with a pair of their own home runs. Jorge Soler’s two-run shot in the sixth brought Chicago within one swing, then rookie Addison Russell delivered with a solo shot. The tie was short lived. In the eighth, Kansas City struck for three, which was aided by Dexter Fowler’s error in center field. Fowler first dropped Omar Infante’s sinking liner and then stumbled over the ball, allowing two runs to score. With the win, Kansas City snapped a season-high four-game losing streak. The Cubs have lost five of seven and are now 6 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. MATT HARVEY LOSES THIRD STRAIGHT DECISION New York Mets ace Matt Harvey had another interesting outing on Friday. Any concerns about his reported dead arm issues were seemingly put to rest as Matt Harvey struck out 11 over eight innings. However, the struggling Miami Marlins were able to make him pay for his mistakes, racking up four runs between the fourth and fifth innings to help secure a 4-3 victory. The biggest swing of the game belonged to Justin Bour, who’s three-run home run opened the scoring. Entering the inning, Harvey had retired nine straight, but Dee Gordon ended that string with a bunt single. Perhaps slightly rattled, Harvey also walked Martin Prado leading up to the home run, and his inability to control that inning proved costly. Harvey is now winless in five outings dating back to May 1. That string includes three losses to the Phillies, Pirates and now the Marlins. He’s posted a 3.82 ERA over 33 innings in that stretch while striking out 37. Dead arm or not, he’s still been pretty good. Meanwhile, the Mets offense has only scored nine runs during those games. [ Check out Big League Stew on Tumblr for even more baseball awesomeness. ] WALKOFF GIVES BUCK SHOWALTER 400th WIN WITH O’S Before a sold out crowd of 45,505, the Baltimore Orioles pulled off a dramatic 2-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays that propelled manager Buck Showalter to a milestone. With two outs in the ninth inning, J.J. Hardy delivered a walkoff single scoring Everth Cabrera, which gave Showalter his 400th win as Baltimore’s skipper.  Overall, Showalter now has 1,282 career wins against 1,185 defeats, but he never won more than 319 games with the Yankees, Diamondbacks or Rangers.  In the win, Davis stayed hot hitting his fourth home run in as many games. He’s up to 12 on the season, which doubles the next closest Oriole. Darren O’Day earned the win after working out of a bases loaded nobody out jam in the top half of the ninth.  Want to see more from Saturday’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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The Milwaukee Brewers are giving retired baseball commissioner and former team owner Bud Selig a high-tech tribute. ”The Selig Experience” attraction at Miller Park was unveiled to Selig, current Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and other dignitaries on Thursday night. Selig described the exhibit as an ”out-of-body experience.” ”When I look at all this, I say to you all, ‘Boy, have I been lucky,”’ Selig said on a stage set in center field set against the backdrop of the team’s giant video board.

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Brandon Belt worked on going the other way and that hitting approach has been playing big dividends. Belt’s opposite-field, solo home run in the seventh inning broke up a scoreless pitching duel and the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Thursday night. When I do try to do too much, that’s when I get into trouble.” Chris Heston (5-3) allowed four hits over 7 1-3 innings to win his third straight decision and give the Giants 12 wins in their past 14 games.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers dealt third baseman Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a six-player trade that was initially blocked. Los Angeles also sent right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow to the Braves for infielder Alberto Callaspo, left-handers Eric Stults and Ian Thomas, and minor league right-hander Juan Jaime. The 36-year-old Uribe was batting .247 with one home run and six RBI in 29 games.

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