Robert Redford is back on the silver screen this week, starring in the adventure/comedy "A Walk in the Woods ." But if you're a sports fan, then there's one iconic role that hearing Redford's name will always bring to mind — Roy Hobbs in "The Natural." [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Redford, now 79, sat down with Yahoo Movies recently , to discuss some of his favorite roles as part of the Role Recall series . "The Natural" was certainly in the starting lineup for Redford. Since we dig baseball and we dig baseball movies here at The Stew, we thought it was a good share for our readers too. Like us, Redford is a baseball fan, so one of his favorite parts about making "The Natural" was that he really got to play baseball for the movie. He took pride in that. Redford also told Yahoo Movies about his struggle getting the film made and why he believed in changing the ending of the 1952 Bernard Malamud novel upon which the film was based. [Elsewhere: MLB pitcher Derek Holland has a Jobu doll and a "Major League" haircut ] Redford says he loves the Boston Red Sox and Ted Williams and wished he could have played baseball for a living. His acting career turned out pretty darn good, in making "The Natural," he left his mark on baseball too. That's not a bad consolation. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mike Oz is the editor of Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz
The New York Yankees are about to start a homestand that features more difficult opposition than the two lowly teams they just pounded on the road.
One of the worst stretches of Joe Kelly's career spurred a demotion to the minor leagues. The right-hander pieced things together after being called back up, though, and turned in a historic month for Boston. Kelly (8-6, 4.94) has finally found himself at the tail end of his first season in Boston, posting a 1.69 ERA over his last five starts.
With pitching reinforcements and some hitting surprises, things are clicking for Texas.
Don Mattingly rode his ace as Los Angeles turned the tables by finishing off a narrow three-game sweep of San Francisco.
Sept 3 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games: - - - Dodgers 2, Giants 1 Chase Utley homered, and Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game and tied his career high with 15 strikeouts, guiding the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The National League West-leading Dodgers earned their eighth win in nine games and completed a home sweep of the Giants for the first time since 2013. They increased their margin over second-place San Francisco in the division to 6 1/2 games. ...
The Boston Red Sox say a fan who was injured at Fenway Park trying to catch a foul ball is expected to be released from a hospital Wednesday night. The man flipped backward over a railing in the lower box seats and landed on a concrete walkway during an afternoon game between the Red Sox and New York Yankees. Several fans have been injured at Fenway Park this season.
Stephen Drew and the rest of the bottom of the batting order helped the New York Yankees open an 11-run lead. The Yankees needed almost all of it to leave Fenway Park just one game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. ''They put up a big number, and we were able to make it stick,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after New York beat Boston 13-8 on Wednesday.
Ruben Tejada has hit an inside-the-park homer for the New York Mets against Philadelphia. With a runner on second and two outs in the second inning Wednesday night, Tejada hit a shallow pop fly down the right-field line. Domonic Brown charged in and reached down but could not make the catch, and the ball bounced by him as he flipped head over heels over a low retaining wall.
A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly called dip, chew or snuff.
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