Ryne Sandberg likely to stay with Phillies as Triple-A manager

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For the second straight offseason Ryne Sandberg failed to land a prominent big-league coaching or managing gig, so Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he’s expected to stay with the Phillies as their Triple-A manager.

Gelb writes that the Phillies “are quite fond of Sandberg” and speculates that the Hall of Fame second baseman could be the heir apparent to Charlie Manuel, whose contract expires after the 2013 season.

In the meantime Sandberg will surely take another shot at interviewing for managerial openings next offseason, but given how often he’s been passed over sticking with the Phillies might be his best chance anyway.

Dallas Keuchel to return to Astros’ rotation on Friday

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.

Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.

Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.

Video: Ketel Marte hits an inside-the-park home run

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Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.

The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.