Lil’ Ron Washington will be part of pregame at World Series

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This picture of a second grader dressed as Rangers manager Ron Washington got a lot of play on the worldwide web this past week.

It also got the Rangers’ attention and they have invited the young man, seven-year-old Liam Roybal, to exclaim “Play Ball!” before Sunday’s World Series Game 3 in Texas.

Leigh Munsil of The Dallas Morning News caught up with Roybal this weekend.  He first wore the costume at a church festival in the Dallas area and then at a Career Day.  His parents eventually posted pictures of the getup on Facebook, and it spread from there.

“He is absolutely excited, he’s kind of bouncing off the walls right now,” mother Ami Roybal said.  “We all sat around the table and laughed about it. We said, ‘You might really look like Ron Washington when you shave your head.'”

And he most definitely does.  Lineups and pregame notes should be coming out shortly for Game 4.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.