The Marlins and Nats probably shouldn't have played last night

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There was a three-hour rain delay before the Nats-Marlins game, and when play finally began, the players faced this:

The game began with puddles throughout
the outfield particularly in right field. Outfielders on both teams ran
through them, slid on the wet grass, and even fielded ground balls that
simply stopped well in front of them.

“I was thinking about how much water
was going to be in my shoes,” Nationals right fielder Michael Morse
said. “I’ve never seen a field like that.”

Yeah, it dried out over time and they got the game in, but that’s dangerous stuff to be messing with. Calling a game after it begins is the umps’ job, but calling a game before it begins is the job of the home team.  Rather than play into the wee hours on a wet track, the Marlins should have sucked it up, called the game and gone with a double header today.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.