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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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Phillies Sign Andrew McCutchen to 3-Year, $50M Contract

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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Andrew McCutchen on a 3-year, $50 million contract, according to The Athletic’s Matt Gelb.

McCutchen, 32, started the 2018 campaign with the San Francisco Giants before being traded to the New York Yankees ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

McCutchen performed well for the Yankees, and the Phillies are banking on that version of McCutchen moving forward.

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Marlins Outright Yadiel Rivera, Brett Graves

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The Miami Marlins have outrighted infielder Yadiel Rivera and right hander Brett Graves, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Wells Dusenbury.

Rivera, 26, hit the majors this past season to the tune of a .173/.269/.216 batting line in 160 plate appearances.

Graves pitched for Miami this season, his first stint in the majors, and posted a 5.40 ERA.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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