Mariners call up Adam Moore, send Rob Johnson to Triple-A

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Rob Johnson has been one of the worst players in baseball this season and Adam Moore has been playing well at Triple-A, so today the Mariners flip-flopped them with Johnson heading to Tacoma and Moore returning to Seattle.
Johnson has been remarkably bad. Not only did he hit just .191 with a .574 OPS in 61 games, he leads baseball with nine passed balls and despite starting about half of the Mariners’ games has been behind the plate for more wild pitches (23) than three different teams have totaled all season.
Moore struggled just as badly in 19 games with the Mariners earlier this season, but has hit .321 while throwing out 43 percent of steal attempts since returning to Triple-A in mid-May. Moore is already 26 years old, so there isn’t a whole lot of upside to be had despite his prospect status, but unlike Johnson there’s a decent chance he can develop into a solid regular.

Check out Minute Maid Park without Tal’s Hill

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During the offseason, the Astros finally got rid of Tal’s Hill in center field. It was a throwback to older stadiums, some of which had uneven topography — Crosley Field, namely. As unique as it was in the age of cookie cutter sports stadiums, most of us were holding our collective breaths hoping no one ruptured an Achilles or suffered another brutal injury trying to navigate the hill while attempting to catch a fly ball.

We saw what it looked like during reconstruction:

And now, via Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, we see what it looks like after all the work has been done:

The Astros are allowing fans with Lexus Field Club tickets to stand on the new warning track to watch batting practice and shag fly balls as well, Morales notes. Lexus Field Club is where Tal’s Hill used to be.

Good riddance, Tal’s Hill.

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres

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Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.

Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.

Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.