Because I’m 12 years-old:
You should always be careful when shagging. Because when you shag, you’re not just with the outfielders you’re shagging with. You’re with every outfielder who has ever shagged in that outfield. Or something.
In less juvenile news, Nightengale notes that Rivera has decided if 2013 will be his last year, but that he’s not saying now. My guess is that he’s going to retire. Then he can shag all he wants without having to worry about it affecting his ability to pitch.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.