Called up earlier in the day, Lew Ford was added right to Baltimore’s lineup Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and an outfield assist in his first major league game in five years.
Ford threw out Yoenis Cespedes at second as part of the Orioles’ 6-1 win over the A’s on Sunday.
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The 35-year-old Ford played in Japan, the Atlantic League and in Mexico after being let go by the Twins after the 2007 season. In five seasons with Minnesota, he hit .272/.349/.402. He had his best season in 2004, hitting .299/.381/.446 with 15 homers and 20 steals. The Orioles called him up after he hit .331/.390/.550 in Triple-A this year.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.