Diamondbacks put Kris Benson on disabled list, call up Kevin Mulvey

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In the least shocking news of the week, Arizona has placed Kris Benson on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. When the Diamondbacks added him to the rotation two weeks ago I wrote that choosing the oft-injured, rarely effective, 35-year-old Benson over various minor-league options made little sense.
He was actually better than I expected, putting together back-to-back solid outings, but sure enough he heads back to the DL having posted a 5.14 ERA. Now the Diamondbacks will turn to prospect Kevin Mulvey, which they probably should have done in the first place.
Acquired from the Twins for Jon Rauch in the middle of last season, Mulvey projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter after spending the past two-plus seasons at Triple-A posting a 3.79 ERA and 251/107 K/BB ratio in 323 innings. Mulvey’s stock has dropped considerably since he was a Mets second-round pick and key piece of Minnesota’s haul for Johan Santana, but he’s certainly far more likely than Benson to log 150 innings with a 4.50 ERA at this point. Benson hasn’t done that since 2005, when Mulvey was in college at Villanova.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.

After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.

Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.

Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.