Murphy spoiled you guys, Dusty Baker told reporters before Daniel Murphy broke out of a mini-slump with a two-hit game on Saturday in New York. Daniel Murphy finished the 2016 campaign, his first with Washington after signing a 3-year/$37.5M free agent deal with the Nationals in January of 2016, 31 for 75 (.413/.444/.773) with six doubles and seven home runs in 19 games against the New York Mets, who drafted the now-32-year-old infielder in the 13th Round of the 2006 Draft and developed him over seven major league seasons. Murphy left via free agency after declining a qualifying offer from New York.
Red Sox’ second baseman Dustin Pedroia limped off the field following a collision during the eighth inning of Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Orioles. He appeared to sustain some kind of leg injury after Baltimore’s Manny Machado made a late slide into second base and spiked Pedroia’s left calf with his cleats. While the Red Sox have yet to disclose any details about Pedroia’s condition, manager John Farrell told reporters that the infielder experienced some soreness following the play and was concerned that it might have re-injured his surgically repaired knee. Both managers took issue with the play. Baltimore skipper Buck Showalter issued a challenge, arguing that Pedroia had stepped off the base,
Of the ways for a baseball season to be wounded, perhaps mortally, having it splayed beneath a toppled and smoking motorcycle would be among the least common. Now Bumgarner, ace, legend and surreptitious dirt-bike jockey, has a sprained pitching shoulder and bruised ribs, injuries that could cost him a large part of his season and the Giants all of theirs. Needless to say, Bumgarner never should have mounted that motorcycle, because motorcycles are inherently wonky and dangerous.