Because of course he did. It wasn’t just his first at bat, but it was his first pitch. It came off of John Kilichowski, an 11th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Vanderbilt. The ball went out to left center, off the bat of the lefty Tebow. Next time, meat, throw him a breaking ball.
With the home field advantage for the National League playoffs already wrapped up, Jake Arrieta and Miguel Montero don’t seem keen on the Chicago Cubs' current plan of treating the last week of the regular season like spring training games. “It felt like a spring training game from the get-go,” Arrieta said after allowing seven runs and 10 hits – both season-highs – in five innings Wednesday night as the Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-4. “I wasn’t crisp. I didn’t have much working.” Arrieta took note of the fact that Montero was pulled before the bottom of the fifth in place of rookie catcher Willson Contreras. The Pirates went on to score three runs after two outs – as Arrieta allowed
Days left in the season: 5 Tuesday’s big mover: St. Louis. The Cardinals hit five homers in a 12-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, none more meaningful than Aledmys Diaz’s fourth-inning grand slam in his first game back after the death of his childhood friend Jose Fernandez. Tuesday’s big loser: Seattle. The Mariners failed to take advantage of the Orioles’ loss and of having Felix Hernandez on the mound. Hernandez gave up eight runs – four earned – in an 8-4 loss to the Houston Astros, who stayed in the hunt while keeping Seattle two games behind Baltimore. Oh oh, it’s magic: With their magic number down to one, the Red Sox get two more chances to clinch the AL East on Yankees soil. Today’s