This dash to third base was a bit different for Mallex Smith. The Tampa Bay left fielder rushed in to tag out speedy Billy Hamilton after a lengthy rundown, highlighting the Rays' 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. "When you get the fast guy like that, you've got to bring our fast guy and run him down," Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. said.
The St Louis Cardinals exploded for seven runs in the 11th inning of an MLB win, while Manny Machado delivered for the Baltimore Orioles. Locked at 1-1 against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cardinals came to life in the 11th on their way to an 8-1 win
ATLANTA — It has been six years, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon cited Buster Posey’s season-ending collision in 2011 when defending Anthony Rizzo for his part in a collision at the plate in Monday night’s Cubs-Padres game. “I’m really confused by why it gained so much attention only except for the fact that Buster Posey got hurt a couple years ago,” Maddon said Tuesday on a Chicago radio station. According to the rule, “A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher.” Again,” Maddon said in an interview on 670 the Score, referring to the Posey collision, “it’s all precipitated by one play that happened several years ago that to me was just bad technique on the part of the catcher, so that’s where I get really flustered by this conversation, because to me it should not even exist. After Posey got knocked over by the Marlins’ Scott Cousins in a gruesome collision and suffered major ankle and leg injuries, Bochy spoke out in favor of a rule to protect catchers, as did Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a former catcher whose career was cut short by concussions. [...] Bochy stressed he wasn’t simply backing Posey but all catchers and cited Gary Bennett, a catcher he managed in San Diego who was plowed over in 2003 by the Dodgers’ Brian Jordan, who previously played in the NFL. Greene, a Giants catcher in 2006, was knocked over by Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder and suffered a shoulder injury that cut short his career. The rule, enacted before the 2014 season, states a catcher cannot block the path of a runner unless he has possession of the ball, and a runner can be called out if he deviates from his path, even if the catcher drops the ball.