C.J. Wilson apparently did not want to intentionally walk Robinson Cano last night

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In the third inning of last night’s Mariners-Angels game, Robinson Cano came to the plate with runners on second and third and two out. Angels manager Mike Scioscia had C.J. Wilson walk Cano to get to Justin Smoak. The result: Smoak cleared the bases with a double.

After the game, C.J. Wilson gave the strong impression that he didn’t agree with the move:

Asked if it was strange to walk a left-handed hitter to pitch to a switch-hitter who would bat from the right side, Wilson said, “Yes … no more questions on that one.”

Platoon advantage aside, I think I’d rather pitch to Smoak than Cano. But I also think intentionally walking just about anyone is akin to fascism, to maybe I’m not the right guy to ask.

 

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.