#1 17-01-2019 02:45:06

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We had opportunities early

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pitchers can’t have a cheat sheet — at least for now.Veteran umpire Joe West confiscated a card from Phillies reliever Austin Davis in the eighth inning of Philadelphia’s 7-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.Davis and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said he was using the card merely for information on the Cubs hitters. But West said it was illegal under Rule 6.02(c)(7) Chris Sale Jersey , which states that the pitcher shall not have on his person, or in his possession, any foreign substance.“I told him we don’t allow him to carry anything on their glove, person or clothing except in some cases where there’s a rain situation we allow them to put a rosin bag in their pocket,” West, umpiring his 41st season, said. “Other than that they can’t have anything on the pitcher.”The card is similar to ones used by Phillies fielders to position themselves for batters. Davis pulled the card out of his back pocket and consulted it prior to Kris Bryant’s single and then again before facing pinch-hitter Addison Russell. West then came to the mound and took the card from Davis. Kapler, a huge proponent of analytics who introduced the cards to the Phillies players this season, came out to argue with West for several minutes.But West kept the card.“I saw him take it out and I went, ‘What the heck is that?'” West said.The umpire called the league office after the game and admitted the use of the card may be in a gray area.“I didn’t want to throw him out,” West said. “I know it’s foreign but he’s not trying to cheat. Maybe he’s trying to get an advantage because he’s reading the scouting report, but it wasn’t pine tar, it wasn’t an emery board, it wasn’t whatever.“In the long run, maybe they’ll let him (have the card). Right now, my hands are tied until they say yes or no. Right now, until the office says it’s OK to carry this, he can’t do it.”Both Kapler and Davis were disappointed by the decision.“Our analytics department works really Tyler Thornburg Jersey , really hard to come up with this stuff for us and I want to use it because they work all day to come up with stuff to help get guys out,” Davis said. “And if I have an answer to get a guy out, I want to know what that is.”The Philadelphia manager thinks having pitchers carry information cards will be good for the game.“Austin Davis is pulling the card of his pocket on the mound using it as a reference how to attack the hitters,” Kapler said. “I think it’s actually a really good thing for baseball. I don’t really quite understand this one.” With three games remaining against the Cincinnati Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates need one more victory to achieve something of a franchise milestone.If the Pirates (80-78) can win at least once in the series that begins Friday night at Great American Ballpark, they’ll achieve a winning record in a season in which they didn’t make the playoffs for the first time in 30 years.The Pirates have had only six winning seasons since 1989, and they reached the postseason in all six — winning the NL East in 1990, 1991 and 1992 and gaining a NL wild-card spot in 2013, 2014 and 2015. That stretch includes their major league record run of 20 consecutive losing seasons from 1993-2012.Article continues below ...The Pirates will play only 161 games this season because a Sept. 9 rainout against Miami won’t be made up.The last time the Pirates had a winning record but didn’t reach the postseason was 1988, when they faded late in the season and finished 85-75, 15 games behind the division champion New York Mets, during Jim Leyland’s third season as manager.In fact, if they can win at least once in Cincinnati, the Pirates will wind up with a winning record but out of the playoffs for only the second time in 34 years.The Pirates could have assured themselves of a better-than-.500 record by winning either Wednesday or Thursday against the Chicago Cubs, but lost both nights. They were shut out by Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (18-6) and three relievers 3-0 while managing only four hits Thursday night at Wrigley Field.“We had opportunities early. … We had some opportunities,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “But he (Lester) can make pitches, and he’s as good as anybody.”On Friday, the Pirates will send out right-hander Nick Kingham (5-7 http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic … -jr-jersey , 5.23 ERA) to oppose right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (7-7, 4.91) of the Reds, who are finishing the season the way they began it — badly.The same Reds team that started the season 3-15 has lost its last five games and 10 of its last 13, scoring only 17 runs in those 13 games, or an average of 1.3 runs per game.“When you don’t get hits, that’s called being flat, I guess, because you don’t have base runners out there. You don’t have any activity out there, and it has that look,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “But they’re working hard before the games and they’re playing it out to the 162-game schedule, and we’re just getting bad results. I don’t have much of an explanation for it.”With one more loss, the Reds (66-93) will assure themselves of a fourth consecutive season with at least 94 losses.A familiar face, but one that’s been missing from the majors for two seasons, will be back with the Pirates this weekend.Infielder Jung Ho Kang, who hasn’t played for the Pirates since Oct. 2, 2016 due to injuries and legal problems, will be active for the final three games of the season. It’s uncertain how many games he will start.Kang played briefly in the fall instructional league in Bradenton, Fla. Roger Clemens Jersey , after undergoing cartilage surgery in his left wrist. Before that, he was temporarily unable to enter the United States following a DUI arrest in South Korea, causing him to miss the entire 2017 season.Kang finally was allowed to return to the United States in April and played 16 games at the Triple-A and Class A level before being sidelined by a wrist injury.Kang, who is in the final season of a four-year, $11 million contract, hit .273 with 36 home runs and 120 RBIs in 229 games with Pittsburgh in 2015 and 2016. He had 21 homers and 62 RBIs in 103 games in 2016.“We like the player. We like the upside, Obviously, to add a right-handed bat that can hit 25 to 30 home runs and play good defense, if we can get him back to that, that’s a really interesting player,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told reporters in Chicago.The Pirates are dominating the Reds this season, winning 12 of 16, including the last six.Kingham is 0-3 with a 12.19 ERA in his last four starts but beat DeSclafani and the Reds 6-2 on July 21, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings in Cincinnati. DeSclafani has lost his last three starts, giving up 12 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings, but is 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA in eight career starts against Pittsburgh. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against Pittsburgh this season.

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#2 27-12-2019 09:51:19

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Re: We had opportunities early

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