Jerry Hairston Jr.

Jerry Hairston Jr. could have killed Josh Wilson

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They tell us the Brewers have been doing all of the little things right while winning 19 of their last 21 games.  Today, they did a little thing wrong and it could have had big consequences.

With men on first and third in the bottom of the third inning of the game against the Dodgers, Jerry Hairston Jr. was given the sign to try a suicide squeeze and Josh Wilson took off for home plate with the pitch.

Hairston, though, missed the sign and instead hit a hard-grounder to third baseman Aaron Miles, which turned into a 5-4-3 double play, ending the inning for Clayton Kershaw.

Fortunately, Hairston’s grounder passed harmlessly about 10 feet wide of Wilson.  If could have done some real damage if it had been right at him or, potentially much worse, if it was instead a line drive.

Hairston, who was just acquired at the end of last month and who apparently still lacks familiarity with the Brewers’ signs, was caught completely off-guard afterwards and had no idea the squeeze was on.  He got a talking to in the dugout afterwards, so he’ll likely pick up on it next time.

No structural damage found in Andrew Benintendi’s knee

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24:  Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play  during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.

Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.

Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 26, 2016 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.

Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: