Ichiro impostor almost costs Dustin Ackley a triple

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The headline kind of says it all.  Go to MLB.com for the video and the full explanation.

To answer your immediate question, a fan grabbing a ball is not an automatic double. It’s often treated like that, but it’s an umpire’s judgement call as to what would have happened absent the interference, and I think the umps got this right.

People: they’re baseballs. You can buy one for, like, four bucks.  If you try hard enough you can even get Dustin Ackley or whoever to autograph it for you when he appears at the Home Depot or something.

Twins sign Michael Pineda to a two-year deal

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The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.

Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.

Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.