Padres designate former first-round pick Aaron Poreda for assignment

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Left-hander Aaron Poreda, who was considered the top property to go from the White Sox to San Diego in the Jake Peavy deal two years ago, was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday to make room for Anthony Bass on the 40-man roster.

Poreda, the 25th overall selection in the 2007 draft, was one of four pitchers the White Sox sent to the Padres for Peavy on July 31, 2009, joining Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter.

He pitched out of the pen for both the White Sox and Padres that season and had a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. However, because of his poor control, he hasn’t been back since. In 2010, he walked 65 in 54 innings beween Double- and Triple-A.

This year, Poreda has a 7.31 ERA and a 34/33 K/BB ratio in 32 innings for Triple-A Tucson.

Poreda will remain in the Padres organization if he clears waivers, but since he’s a lefty with a live arm, the odds are good that some team will take a chance on him.  He still might turn into a quality reliever if he throws starts throwing strikes.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. saved by the ivy

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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.