Judgment day is nearly upon us. OK, not really.
Alex Rodriguez told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com before tonight’s game that he will meet with MLB’s investigators Friday in Baltimore to discuss his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games.
The topic du jour will likely be the report from Star Magazine and RadarOnline earlier this month, though they will probably also ask him about his reported presence at Mohegan Sun during his rehab assignment. MLB has warned Rodriguez about his gambling habits in the past, but he is not expected to face a suspension.
Just in case you missed it earlier tonight, Rodriguez is currently day-to-day after X-rays on his left thumb came back negative.
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.