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Come Monday morning, folks tend not to scroll back too far into Sunday afternoon posts, but D.J. and Aaron weighed in on three pretty interesting stories that hit the wires before yesterday’s Yankees’ clincher:

  • The Indians name Manny Acta their next manager.  Makes sense: he was the only candidate who can plausibly say that the Cleveland situation is an improvement over his last gig;
  • Tony La Russa agrees to come back to St. Louis, and he’s bringing in an intriguing name as his new hitting coach. Question: how can you improve guys’ hitting techniques if you never wanna talk about the past?; and
  • Three nights of bad judgment as a playa does for Steve Phillips what five years of bad judgment as an analyst couldn’t do: get him fired from ESPN.
  • I’ll probably have a bit more on McGwire later this morning, as that story is all kinds of interesting in my mind.

    Rich Hill has a perfect game through eight innings

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    UPDATE: He’s perfect through eight! He has ten strikeouts on the night. One more inning to go. And, of course, the Dodgers need to give him at least one run or else this thing doesn’t end in nine.

    9:09 PM: Dodgers starter Rich Hill is facing off against the Pirates in Pittsburgh tonight. And he’s not having any trouble with them: he’s absolutely perfect though seven innings. He’s needed 73 pitches to get that far, so if he can keep the perfection up he certainly has enough in the tank to finish it.

    Thing is: he may not even get the win. That’s because Pirates starter Trevor Williams has blanked the Dodgers through eight, scattering seven hits and four walks yet, somehow, not allowing a run to score.

    The Pirates are coming to bat in the bottom of the eighth. We’ll keep you posted.

    Zach Britton’s consecutive saves streak has ended at 60

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    On September 20, 2015, Zach Britton blew a save against the Rays. Little did he know that he wouldn’t blow another save until August 23, 2017, converting 60 consecutive save opportunities.

    Britton took the mound with a 7-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. He yielded a single to Jed Lowrie, a double to Boog Powell, an RBI single to Marcus Semien, and a sacrifice fly to Matt Joyce to allow the A’s to close the two-run deficit. In the next at-bat, he uncorked a wild pitch and then walked Khris Davis before being removed from the game. Miguel Castro relieved Britton, but walked Ryon Healy on four pitches to load the bases. Castro wriggled out of the jam by getting Matt Olson to pop up and striking out Matt Chapman, stranding two of Britton’s runners.

    Britton entered Wednesday’s action 11-for-11 in save chances on the season with a 2.88 ERA and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He missed two months earlier this season with a strained left forearm.