Monday Morning Links 8/4/14

- Tough, tough loss in the desert yesterday — umpire explanation on the controversial non-call to end the game:

Here’s the interference play in question, a potential inning-ending double play broken up by the arm of Nick Ahmed:

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- Worst part of yesterday’s loss? The injury sustained by Andrew McCutchen, currently labeled as “left side discomfort.”

“The last swing … I really don’t know,” McCutchen said, trying to pinpoint the source of the discomfort. “I thought it was cramping. I’ve never had problems in that area.”

X-rays “were fine,” said McCutchen, who should have a clearer idea of his prognosis as he undergoes further evaluation on Monday, an off-day for the club.

“We won’t know till tomorrow,” he said. “See how I feel, and go from there.” — MLB

Keep your fingers crossed.

- Speaking of McCutchen, some more fallout of Saturday’s hit by pitch: Miguel Montero pointed his middle finger towards Cutch right before the pitch to give Randall Delgado the sign. What a joke.

- What started it all? Ernesto Frieri accidentally hitting Paul Goldschmidt with a pitch on Friday night. Unfortunately for Goldy and the D-backs, he could be done for the season.

- The Bucs signed Jayson Nix on Sunday, in case you missed it.

- With that move, it looks like Nix could be the all-around-the-field utility man while Josh Harrison could see more time at third base — the Pirates aren’t pleased with Pedro Alvarez and his endless throwing errors; El Toro could be moving to first base in the near future. He doesn’t sound thrilled:

- Starling Marte now has two rehab games under his belt with the Indy Indians, as he prepares to return from a concussion. He’s collected just one hit in eight at-bats (a double), while striking out four times thus far.

- The Pirates are moving Alen Hanson to second base.


Updated NL Central Standings:

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Updated NL Wild Card Standings:

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On Tap This Week:

Monday — off
Tuesday — vs. Marlins, 7:05 pm
Wednesday — vs. Marlins, 7:05 pm
Thursday — vs. Marlins, 7:05 pm
Friday — vs. Padres, 7:05 pm
Saturday — vs. Padres, 7:05 pm
Sunday — vs. Padres, 1:35 pm


Go Bucs

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  1. Scott Deutsch (@scottyD67) on August 4, 2014

    RE: the non-interference call… Intent should have nothing to do with it when the video clearly shows the fact. And the fact is the thrown ball struck the runner, right?. How can an umpire judge a players ‘intent’ anyway? I am sure the Pirate second baseman had intent to complete the double-play or at least had intended NOT to hit the runners arm. Total crap. Call what happens not what you think the players were thinking or ‘intending’ to do. How the hell can a game official ever know ‘intent’?

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