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Pirates Turn 1-3-4-2-5-8-7 Double Play Against Phillies

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In baseball, most double plays are considered “routine”. For example, there’s ones that are scored 6-4-3, meaning shortstop, to second base, to first. Or 9-2, which is when the right fielder makes a catch, and throws out a runner at home trying to score on a sacrifice fly.

Two or three numbers are typical of double plays of the “routine” variety.

However, not many twin-killings are scored with seven numbers; but that’s what went down on Friday night between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, with the latter being the victim.

1-3-4-2-5-8-7. Pitcher, to first baseman, to second baseman, to catcher, to third baseman, to center fielder, to left fielder.

Take a look at how it all transpired:

The wildness occurred in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Phillies up 2-1 (they won by that score). As you can see, Phillies left fielder Rhys Hoskins got caught leading too far off first base. Pirates reliever George Kontos threw to first, Hoskins was in a rundown, but center fielder Odubel Herrera was caught too far off third base, so the Pirates elected for that out. Hoskins was still on the basepaths after that, but seemed to be jogging into third base as if he thought the inning was over, like the announcer says.

Pretty bizarre. Like I said, it didn’t end up costing the Phillies since they won, recording the game-winning run that same inning. Still, talk about running your way out of the inning.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Mets’ Activate David Wright for Final Homestand

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New York Mets third baseman David Wright m who has not played in the majors since 2016 due to spinal stenosis along with neck and shoulder injuries, will be activated for the team’s final homestand of the season, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

“Physically, the way I feel right now, and from what the docs told me, there’s not going to be any improvement, So I don’t see [playing full time again] as a possibility” Wright said during the new conference, according to the New York Post.

It’s unclear if retirement will be the next step for Wright, but his time with the Mets as an everyday again is over.

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Dodgers Recall Julio Urias

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled left-hander Julio Urias from Triple-A Oklahoma City, marking his first stint in the majors since he underwent shoulder surgery last June.

Urias was one of the major’s 10 best prospects prior to his debut back in 2016, and when he arrived in May of 2016 he posted an impressive 3.39 ERA over 77 innings with 84 strikeouts against only 31 walks, making many believe he would be a building block for the Dodgers’.

His shoulder surgery put everything on hold and will now look to recapture the magic that he flashed in 2016.

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