Suspensions in baseball are based on precedent, and precedent, in the case of Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes throwing a 90-mph fastball inches behind the head of Orioles star Manny Machado on Sunday, says he will face anywhere from a three- to six-game ban. This is ridiculous, and Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have good reason to work together, make an example of Barnes and end the farcical tradition that places the entire sport in peril every time a pitcher is foolish enough to engage in it. Imagine, for a moment, that Barnes’ pitch did hit Machado.
Of course, what’s freshest in our minds is Miller’s dismal performance in 2016. Miller made a lousy impression on D-Backs’ fans, posting a 6.15 ERA over 20 starts and just 101 innings. Now he’s looking to continue rebuilding his stock and his confidence, and he’ll have another chance to do just that on Sunday when the Diamondbacks host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Free MLB Game of the Day on Yahoo Sports. That game, which can be streamed on our MLB page, the Free Game of the Day tab or right here in this very post, will begin at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Christian Arroyo, the Giants top prospect, was called up to the big leagues Monday as part of a roster shakeup by San Francisco. The 21-year-old Arroyo, who was hitting a whopping .446 with three home runs for Triple-A Sacramento, will play third base and bat sixth Monday night for the Giants in his big league debut against the Dodgers. San Francisco, mired in last place in the NL West with a 6-13 record, also called out outfielder Drew Stubbs and made room for Arroyo and Stubbs by designating outfielder Chris Marrero for assignment and placing Aaron Hill on the disabled list with a strained right forearm. Arroyo was drafted 23rd overall as a shortstop in the 2013 draft, but with All-Star Brandon