Yes, there is an authority higher than ESPN

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The Yankees-Red Sox game on September 27th was originally scheduled for 1PM.  ESPN, as is their wont, moved it to 8PM so that those of us who so rarely get a chance to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on ESPN could do so.  Slight problem: Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the 27th, which would have prevented a big swath of baseball fans from enjoying the game. And maybe Kevin Youkilis too, who suited up for Yom Kippur in 2004, but didn’t play.

Following some arm twisting from New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, however, there has been a change of heart, and the game has been moved back to 1PM:

The congressman said that ESPN had the contractual right to change the
starting time. “There is the contract, there is the major league rule
book, but then there is a higher authority that was dictating a lot of
this for fans,” he said.

NBC will still have the Colts-Cardinals Sunday Night Football game, however, so the Gentile and non-observant among you may still enjoy some sports that evening.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.