Frank McCourt has a pretty spiffy malpractice suit heating up

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Saw this coming since September:  Frank McCourt has fired his old law firm and his old law firm has hired its own law firm that specializes in defending legal malpractice suits.

This all the result of Jamie McCourt winning the battle over that marital property agreement that was supposed to have the Dodgers being Frank’s sole property but, because of some document switcheroo, ended up being held a nullity and the Dodgers rendered joint property of the McCourts.

As I said at the time, I believe Frank’s old lawyer when he says that he was just trying to make the replaced document conform to the couples’ wishes. A simple mistake and then a harmless fix, right?  But, sadly for him, Frank and his law firm, you can’t just go switching out legal documents like that. Or, at the very least you should destroy the old superseded version.*

The upshot of all of this is that, eventually, Frank is going to have help paying Jamie off to settle the divorce. Help from his old law firm in the form of a malpractice suit settlement.   I suppose that’s depressing on some level, but it could be worse.

*Note: that’s still wrong, but hey, at least no one is getting caught then!

Mike Moustakas sets Royals single-season record with 37th home run

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.

The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.

Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.

Chris Sale records his 300th strikeout this season

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.

Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.

Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.