Chad Billingsley bounces back versus Nationals

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Chad Billingsley seemed to be in danger of losing his rotation spot after an ugly outing last week, but Joe Torre stuck with him and the 25-year-old right-hander bounced back with six innings of one-run ball Sunday.
Billingsley actually took the tough loss in a 1-0 game as Scott Olsen surprisingly shut out the Dodgers for seven innings, but it was a very encouraging start that included five strikeouts and two walks.
Billingsley’s struggles date back to last season and prior to Sunday he was 4-8 with a 5.43 ERA in 117.2 innings since last year’s All-Star break. One strong outing is obviously nothing to get overly excited about, but given his age and track record Billingsley stands out as an excellent bet to get back on track unless he’s been pitching through some sort of injury all this time.
He’s too good and too young to be that bad for much longer.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.