SAN FRANCISCO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates kept clearing the fences, and the San Francisco Giants were left arguing plate umpire Chris Conroy's tough strike zone. Even Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle understood the beef. Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pirates beat San Francisco 10-3 on Monday night. "I think there was some frustration really all night," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who watched most of the game from his office after an ejection in the second. "I don't think he had a real good night, to be honest, as far as consistency, but that really had nothing to do with what happened tonight. We gave up three-run
Case in point: I attended a baseball game in Detroit this month, but missed the first pitch because I was stuck outside in a line waiting as a uniformed guard poked around people’s bags with a stick. In Detroit, for instance, the Tigers this week became the latest to introduce screening by CLEAR, a private company that relies on fingerprint and iris scanning to speed up security at stadiums and airports. The Tigers became the sixth Major League Baseball team to offer CLEAR (the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants have had it in since 2015), while the Miami Heat of the NBA have signed on as well.
Is Sonny Gray that guy? Or is it J.D. Martinez? Perhaps Yu Darvish? There's always at least one major leaguer changing teams at the trade deadline that ultimately contributes and pays off -- with a World Series championship. Teams have less than a week to decide if they want to make a deal -- whether it's for a rental player aimed at helping a team contend in October or for a prospect to help rebuild a franchise. The flurry of deals between now and Monday's 4 ET non-waivers deadline will provide plenty of noise. But only the World Series will let us know which chip was most valuable. A look at the last five World Series champions - and the crucial ingredient they added at the deadline: 2016