White Sox ditch Jayson Nix, call up Dayan Viciedo

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They initially turned to Jayson Nix and Omar Vizquel at third base following Mark Teahen’s broken finger, but the White Sox designated Nix for assignment yesterday and called up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A.
His stock has declined since signing out of Cuba for $10 million, but Viciedo hit .288/.328/.515 with 13 homers and 14 doubles in 61 games at Triple-A and was one of the International League’s youngest players at 21 years old.
Viciedo played primarily first base at Triple-A after no one thought much of his defense at third base last year, but obviously the White Sox’s need right now is for someone to fill in for Teahen. Ozzie Guillen indicated that he’ll try to mix and match Viciedo against certain pitchers, suggesting that in the short term at least Vizquel will likely still see plenty of starts at third base.

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.