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Orioles name Roger McDowell their new pitching coach

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The Baltimore Orioles just announced that they have named Roger McDowell their new pitching coach.

McDowell spent the past 11 seasons as the pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves. The club declined to pick up his 2017 option after the season, however, freeing him up to go to Baltimore. His predecessor with the Braves, Leo Mazzone, likewise went from Atlanta to Baltimore to become the O’s pitching coach. No word on whether McDowell’s secretary was named Mazzone and Mazzone’s secretary was named McDowell.

Haha, just kidding. Pitching coaches don’t have secretaries. And it’s the Freemasons who are behind pitching coach jobs, not historical coincidence. Wake up, sheeple.

Anyway, McDowell was well thought of for most of his tenure in Atlanta. Less well thought of when the pitchers stunk, more well thought of when they didn’t. Which is pretty much true of every pitching coach this side of Dave Duncan.

McDowell pitched his final season in a Batlimore uniform, by the way, appearing in 41 games and picking up four saves in 1996.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.