Carl Crawford swipes 400th career stolen base

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Rays outfielder Carl Crawford picked up his 400th career stolen base on Saturday in the Rays’ 5-4 loss to the Yankees.  He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now batting .307 on the season with an .855 OPS, 12 homers, 56 RBI and 38 total successful swipes.

Crawford is just the seventh player in the modern era to reach 400 stolen bases, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ Marc Topkin, and he’s quickly climbing up the all-time list.  Here is a snapshot of where he stands:

1. Rickey Henderson   1,406
2. Lou Brock                938
10. Honus Wagner        723
15. Kenny Lofton          622
36. Paul Molitor            504
51. Steve Sax              444
64. Chuck Knoblauch   407
65. Donie Bush            406
66. Frank Chance        403
67. Carl Crawford         400

Henderson’s record is basically untouchable, but the 28-year-old Crawford could certainly be a Top 10 or Top 15 steals man before his career is through.  Of course, that is assuming he stays healthy.

Aaron Judge was involved in a weird play in the fourth inning

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.

Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.

Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.

This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.

As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.