Carlos Marmol’s job is safe

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Carlos Marmol lost his targeting last night, walking the ballpark, giving up five runs and blowing the game in the ninth.  Despite this, Mike Quade says that Marmol’s job is safe. Here’s Quade:

“That was pretty bad. That was as bad as I’ve seen him. Still, you feel he has a chance to pull it together but not tonight.”

It’s not like the Cubs have a better option. And it’s not like this means that Marmol is toast either. You’ll recall back on May 31st he had a similar meltdown against the Astros.  After that he went 16-straight appearances without giving up more than a single run, with most of them goose-eggs.  He’s dominant.  Everyone goes a little mad sometimes.

Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.