Cubs promote Doug Davis to Triple-A as opt-out date looms

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Doug Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs last month and after making one start at Single-A they’ve promoted him to Triple-A, with his first Iowa outing slated for tomorrow.

The promotion is key, because Davis’ contract allows him to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not in the majors by May 30, which leaves him at most 3-4 starts at Triple-A to convince the Cubs to call him up.

Davis 37 years old and his 2010 was wrecked by injuries, but prior to that he had an ERA under 5.00 in nine straight seasons and tossed 203 innings in 2009. If healthy he’s still a solid fourth or fifth starter.

Must-Click Link: The Day a Mascot Got Ejected

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Today Jonah Keri gives us a fantastic story about a crazy game.

The Dodgers played the Expos in Montreal 28 years ago today. The game went 22 innings. It was a 1-0 game. More notable than the 21 and a half innings of scoreless ball, however, was the fact that Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda got the Expos mascot — Youppi — ejected. The Dodgers and Expos didn’t score much that year overall, but when have you ever seen a mascot ejected?

Some good lunchtime reading for y’all, complete with silly GIFs and a video of the whole dang game if you hate yourself so much that you’d watch it all in its entirety.

Nicholas Castellanos hit an inside-the-park homer that shouldn’t have been

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Last night the Yankees pasted the Tigers in Detroit, but the hometown crowd did get something entertaining to send them on their way: an inside-the-park homer from Nicholas Castellanos.

At least that’s technically what it was. It would be a single and a three-base error if our official scoring made any sense.

Watch the play below. It’s all put in motion by Jacoby Ellsbury‘s decision to try to make a slide catch on the ball, misjudging it and allowing it to skip over 100 feet to the wall:

Since Ellsbury didn’t touch it it wasn’t called an error — errors are rarely if ever called on poor plays that don’t result in a fielder actually touching the ball — but it was certainly a mental error to not let the ball bounce and ensure that it didn’t get past him. Especially with such a big lead.

Oh well, that’s baseball for you.