From the official Twitter account of the Arizona Diamondbacks …
Pollock missed three months with a fractured right hand that required surgery. He is in the Diamondbacks’ lineup for the first time since May 31 on Tuesday night against the Reds. The 26-year-old center fielder was batting .216/.366/.554 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 52 games before suffering the injury.
Owings missed over two months with a dislocated left shoulder. He is not in Arizona’s starting lineup on Tuesday but should return Wednesday. The shortstop was batting .277/.313/.458 with six homers and seven steals in 72 games and might have won 2014 NL Rookie of the Year honors had his health cooperated.
Major League Baseball and Fox won’t openly root for any specific team to make the World Series. But you can bet they’re pretty happy with the Cubs making it thanks to the ratings they’re delivering.
The Indians win over the Chicago in Game 1 last night drew a 12.6 overnight rating. That means, on average, 12.6 percent of the TVs in the largest 56 markets were tuned in to the game. That’s the best World Series first game rating since 2009 when the Phillies-Yankees game drew a 13.8 overnight rating. Last night’s rating was up 20% from last year’s 10.5 between the Royals-Mets and up 58% from the Giants-Royals in 2014.
Now the rooting, however quiet it may be, will continue: for the Cubs to make a series out of this so as to keep the magic numbers coming.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine has been hired as the Twins’ next General Manager. It has not been made official, but multiple outlets are reporting the hire. Levine will join Derek Falvey, who was named the Twins’ new president of baseball operations last month.
Levine has been the Rangers assistant GM since the 2005 season, working as GM Jon Daniels’ second in command. He’ll still be second in command in Minnesota, but with an elevated title as is the style of the day. He previously worked with the Rockies. He has, according to various reports, been conversant in statistical analysis as well as traditional scouting and player development. As is also the style of the day.