Harold Reynolds: diving head first into first base is faster

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I can’t find video of it, but know that MLB Network host and future Fox A-team color commentator Harold Reynolds was asked about Josh Hamilton’s injury last night and said¬† “I don’t have a problem with it” and “It’s faster to dive than run through.”

Which is why you always see sprinters slide head first into the tape during the Olympic 100 meters.

I don’t mean to cause too much FRICTION here because Harold Reynolds is a nice guy and I won’t wish to cover him WITH DIRT. Indeed, anything that SLOWS the baseball commetariat’s creep into constant arguing over what A PLAYER does is something we should not be DOWN with at all.

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.