Egad, there have been a lot of rainouts

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Praise be to Rob McKenna, La Nina or the deity of your choice, but there have been a lot of rainouts this year.  Three yesterday, which brings the total to 25, which is a pretty incredible number. As Maury notes, there were only eight through this point last season. 2007 was the record year for the past decade, and we’re pretty close to the pace we were on that year.

While there’s always some built-in room for rain in the baseball schedule, we’re going to get to the point pretty soon, if we’re not there already, where this is going to have some competitive impacts, with teams losing offdays, having to make crazy travel arrangements and otherwise getting their pitching staff worn out due to the makeups.

Which is just part of baseball, I suppose. And much preferable to games played indoors.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.