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Astros Walk Off 1-0 In 10th Against Padres On Infield Pop-Up

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Here’s something you don’t see everyday, if not ever.

The Houston Astros and San Diego Padres were locked in a scoreless tilt in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday night. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman came up with two outs and Derek Fisher (pinch-running for Brian McCann) on second base.

Bregman, facing reliever Phil Maton who just entered the game, popped up a mile in the air to the right side of the infield, as four-time Gold Glove winner Eric Hosmer raced in to make the catch and send the game to the 11th.

Except, he didn’t.

What looked like a routine pop-up quickly turned into heartbreak for the Padres. That was Hosmer’s ball 100%, and he simply overran it. Could he have lost it in the lights? Possibly. But that’s a ball that needs to be caught. Period. Especially when it’s a scoreless game!

If Hosmer is placed in that situation 100 more times, he’ll likely make the catch 100 times. Just a brutal way to lose, and he knew it too.

A large amount of credit must be given to Derek Fisher for hustling all the way from second base to score in place of the much slower Brian McCann. What a good call from manager A.J. Hinch.

And to all the young baseball players, this is a great lesson. ALWAYS hustle, no matter what. Because when you do, good things like this can happen.

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Royals Name Mike Matheny Manager

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The Kansas City Royals have officially named Mike Matheny as their new manager, via a team announcement.

“Our entire organization is delighted to announce and celebrate the hiring of Mike Matheny,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “Every department has had the pleasure to work and interact with him this past season. Through this interaction, it became very clear to our leadership team that Mike is the obvious person to lead our baseball team. Mike Matheny is a passionate leader with strong virtues, intelligence, and a relentless commitment to help players reach their full potential.”

Matheny, 49, played 13 seasons in the majors and then had a solid run as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012 up until the midway point of the 2018 season.

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Orioles Outright Mason Williams

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Mason Williams

The Baltimore Orioles have outrighted outfielder Mason Williams, according to the International League transactions page.

Williams slashed .308/.371/.477 over 494 plate appearances in Triple-A during the 2019 season, and he was added to the Orioles’ big league rosters late in the season.

Williams failed to make an impact over his 11-game stint in the big leagues.

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Blue Jays Outright Brock Stewart, Buddy Boshers

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Buddy Boshers

The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of moves this week by outrighting relievers Brock Stewart and Buddy Rogers.

The Blue Jays will also outright reliever Ryan Dull as he has been designated for assignment.

Stewart, 28, had spent his entire career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to being picked up by Toronto on the waiver wire at the trade deadline.

Boshers, 31, posted a 4.05 ERA over 20 innings and 28 appearances.

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