Carlos Delgado is limping in winter ball

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Those still hanging on to the notion that Carlos Delgado will sign a contract with the Mets should take note of the following from Jayson Stark of ESPN.com:

“He’s got no range at first — none,” said one scout. “He actually
limps out there. He can’t play first on a day-to-day basis. I think he
can still DH, because he’s still got power. But to play first for a
team like the Mets? Can’t see it.”

Reports about his offense have been pretty positive, and he even legged out a triple on Friday, but he has shown little ability to move laterally just nine months removed from hip surgery. If National League teams aren’t willing to take a chance on the 37-year-old slugger, he’ll have a tough time finding anything beyond a minor league contract with Fernando Tatis, Xavier Nady, Gary Sheffield, Jim Thome, Melvin Mora, Ryan Garko, Hank Blalock, Mike Jacobs, Jermaine Dye and Russell Branyan also out there looking for work.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.