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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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Cardinals Shut Down Carlos Martinez for Two Weeks

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The St. Louis Cardinals have shut down right hander Carlos Martinez from throwing for two weeks as the club believes that he needs to build up his shoulder strength, according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch.

The development hangs a cloud of uncertainty over Martinez’s availability for Opening Day.

The Cardinals may be looking to utilize Martinez out of the bullpen this season.

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Brewers Re-Sign Mike Moustakas

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The Milwaukee Brewers have officially re-signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the deal will earn Moustakas $10 million and includes a $3 million buyout along with a $11 million mutual option for 2020.

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Bryce Harper ‘Unsure’ About Signing with Phillies

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Following the breaking news that Manny Machado had agreed to terms on a massive 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, the next superstar domino expected to fall is Bryce Harper.

Multiple reports are linking Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies, who are apparently willing to pay Harper’s lofty price tag demand, but it’s not a “slam dunk” that Harper lands in Philly.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Harper is “unsure” about signing with the Phillies.

This echos a December report from the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, one that says Harper wasn’t “particularly” fond of playing in Philadelphia.

Harper to the Phillies may not be the slam dunk that reports indicate, which means a mystery team may be luring Harper in.

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