Boras works on pushing Damon to Detroit

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Seemingly just about out of alternatives, agent Scott Boras is trying to get the Tigers to bite on free agent Johnny Damon.
Boras told the Detroit News on Monday that Damon indicated in December that he wanted to become a Tiger, and he’s turning to statistics to show that it would be a good fit: “He’s batted .363 at Comerica Park, he has a .412 on-base percentage at Comerica,” Boras said.
The Tigers are interested in adding a left-handed hitter and they could certainly use a leadoff man, but money is tight and Damon certainly won’t get the dollars he’s looking for from the team.
If the Tigers added Damon, they’d play him in left field and shift Carlos Guillen primarily into the DH role. Ryan Raburn would again be looked at as a backup, but he’d likely get plenty of playing time because of his versatility.

Umpire admits he blew the call that got Joe Maddon ejected last night

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Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.

While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.

Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:

It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.

Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:

It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.