White Sox starter Mark Buehrle is the anti-Michael Vick. Or, the opposite of what Vick used to be.
According to Terry Hillig of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Buehrle has offered to pay any uncovered medical expenses for a dog who was found stranded in southern Illinois this weekend with an arrow in its abdomen.
The arrow, presumably shot from a deer hunting bow, caused severe damage to the four-year-old dog’s spleen and part of its intestines, but there’s a good chance for a full recovery.
Buehrle is a native of St. Charles, MO, a western suburb of St. Louis. It just so happens that he was mentioned this morning in Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe. The White Sox are apparently listening to offers for the left-hander, who will hit free agency after the 2011 season.
Buehrle, 31, went 13-13 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 33 starts in 2010, fanning 99 batters and walking 49 across 210.1 innings. He also won a second straight Gold Glove.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.