Rinku and Dinesh go to Bradenton

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Remember those two guys who won the Indian reality show and ended up getting signed by the Pirates? They made their professional debuts on Saturday:

Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel became the
first players from India to appear in organized baseball when each
pitched an inning for Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League on Saturday.

Singh allowed one run on two hits and struck out one, throwing 13 of
20 pitches for strikes during the seventh inning of the Pirates’ 4-2
loss to the Yankees. Patel threw a scoreless eighth, throwing seven of
nine pitches for strikes while striking out one.

Bad sign: the premise of that reality show was to find a guy who could
throw 90 m.p.h. On Saturday, however, Singh’s fastball topped out at 83
miles per hour and Patel’s at 84. Unless Patel can figure out how to
throw a knuckleball and unless “Rinku Singh” is Hindi for “Jamie
Moyer,” that ain’t gonna cut it.

But not everyone is as pessimistic as I am. Indeed, Singh is pretty optimistic: “Next time i promising I pitching good stuff.”

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.

Dodgers can clinch NL West on Friday

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The Dodgers staved off a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Phillies, winning 5-4 on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The win reduced their magic number in the NL West to one, meaning that a win against the Giants at home or a Diamondbacks loss to the Marlins on Friday will result in clinching the division.

Of course, the Dodgers winning and the Diamondbacks losing hasn’t exactly been a sure thing lately. The D-Backs rattled off a 13-game winning streak from August 24 through September 6. The Dodgers lost 11 games in a row from September 2-11 and were on a four-game slide before Thursday’s win.

The Dodgers will send Rich Hill to the mound to start opposite Jeff Samardzija. The Diamondbacks have Zack Greinke opposing Adam Conley.