Santiago Casilla and the unintentional strike

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There was an odd moment in last night’s Giants-Diamondbacks game when Santiago Casilla set out to intentionally walk Adam LaRoche and instead fired a 63-mph “fastball” right down the middle for a first-pitch strike.
MLB.com has the video, which is worth checking out if only to see LaRoche’s dumbfounded reaction to what had just happened.
Casilla went on to successfully fire the next four pitches out of the strike zone despite getting ahead in the count 0-1. And it worked, because he induced an inning-ending double play from the next batter, Mark Reynolds.
I’ve always assumed that some team somewhere has faked an intentional walk and thrown a strike to get ahead in the count, but doing it on accident is definitely a first. I give the home-plate umpire credit for paying enough attention to actually call it a strike.

Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

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The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels, the Yankees were able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Brandon Drury, the infielder they acquired as part of a three-team trade with the Diamondbacks and Rays on Tuesday.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Blash has hit an underwhelming .200/.323/.336 in 279 plate appearances. He will try to play his way into a bench role for the Angels this spring.