Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo each hit their first homers of the season

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The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers big offseason acquisitions — Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo, respectively — came into play today with zero homers and slugging percentages of .315 and .358, respectively. Each has remedied that to some degree this afternoon as both Choo and Cano have hit their first homers of the year in the Rangers-Mariners game. In the second and third innings, respectively. That raises Cano’s slugging percentage to .358 as of the top of the sixth inning this afternoon and Choo’s to a hefty .411.

Cano is being paid for ten years, of course so less than three weeks’ production is not something to worry about. Choo is being paid to get on base and he’s been doing that quite well even if he hasn’t been hitting the ball with any authority before today.

Umpire admits he blew the call that got Joe Maddon ejected last night

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Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.

While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.

Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:

It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.

Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:

It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.