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Tigers acquire Mikie Mahtook from the Rays


The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Mikie Mahtook to the Tigers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Tigers designated outfielder Anthony Gose for assignment to create roster space for Mahtook.

Mahtook, 27, will be under team control through the 2021 season.  Over parts of two seasons in the majors, he has hit .231/.275/.410 with 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 311 plate appearances.

Mahtook has played the outfield corners in the big leagues, but spent most of his minor league career in center field. He’ll provide valuable outfield depth for the Tigers this season.

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.