Gary Matthews Jr. stole home; caught stealing

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Gary Matthews Jr. stole home yesterday. As evidenced by the photo to
the right, he’s also adept at robbing people of home runs. He’s not going to be able to rip off the mother of the child he had back in 2004 anymore, however:

An Arizona woman is entitled to the level of child support she would
receive if she had lived with the father, pro baseball player Gary
Matthews Jr., an Arizona appeals court ruled. The trial court ordered
Matthews to pay Jamie Hunt $1,561 for the child they had in 2004.
Matthews’ salary is $10 million per year. He also had to pay for the
child’s medical, day care and private school expenses.

Hunt sought a higher amount on appeal, and Judge Hall agreed.

Dude makes $10 million and he is forcing the mother of his child to
mount an extended court battle to raise child support above $1,500 a
month? Interesting choice on his part. A better choice, however, would
have been for Matthews to step up and come to an agreement with the
mother that would have corresponded with the law’s requirement that
child support be based upon the combined income of the parents.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.