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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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Mets Sign Ervin Santana

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The New York Mets have announced that they have come to terms with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on a minor league contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, will see Santana head to Port St. Lucie to being working towards his return to the majors.

Santana, 36, missed the majority of the 2018 season after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger prior to the start of Spring Training, and leading the Minnesota Twins, his then-team, to decline a $14 million option on him back in November of 2018.

Prior to last season, Santana was a solid fixture in the Twins starting rotation for three seasons.

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Pirates’ Corey Dickerson To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Corey Dickerson

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the team’s Triple A affiliate on Friday, according to an official team announcement.

Dickerson has been out of action with a shoulder strain since April 4th, leading to the team signing veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera, who has played well during his stint with the team.

The Pirates have seen strong play from their outfielders, both defensively and at the plate, so the pending return of Dickerson will further bolster what has become a strength of the team.

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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Kevin Cron

The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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