Rick Porcello’s suspension reduced to five games, but it’s kinda like zero

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As I sit here watching guys throwing at each other in today’s Tigers game, I see news of the last Tiger who threw at a dude:

Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello had his suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist reduced to five games. He’ll begin serving it Thursday.

Which basically means nothing for the Tigers, competitively speaking. Porcello pitched yesterday. He would not have pitched in the four games before the All-Star break. In the one game back after the break the Tigers were likely to reset their rotation anyway. So it’s essentially a no-game suspension plus Porcello being docked five days pay.

The Angels to lower the right field wall

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The Los Angeles Angels announced today that they will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

The stated reason: to make room for a new out-of-town scoreboard and “philosophical changes.” Obviously, though, helping out lefty power hitters is on the agenda too. As it was, Angel Stadium was in the bottom ten of all parks in allowing homers for lefties.

One of their own lefties is Kole Calhoun, who is a pull hitter. Another one could be Shohei Ohtani, who is a lefty hitter. Although, as a righty pitcher, that could harm him against opposing lefty batters. I’m assuming, though, that the Angels ran a bunch of numbers to establish that this move helps them more than it hurts them, or else they wouldn’t be doing it.