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Video: Josh Harrison beats the throw to second base with unorthodox pop-up slide

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With his Pirates trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, infielder Josh Harrison led off with a line drive single to left-center field off of starter Stephen Strasburg. Center fielder Michael Taylor quickly got to the ball and fired to second base. Harrison was attempting to stretch his hit into a double, but chose poorly. He was dead to rights but executed a feet-first slide, then popped up and stuck his left leg onto the second base bag just ahead of the tag from Wilmer Difo. Harrison was ruled safe, but the Nationals challenged the ruling. It was upheld, but the Pirates would squander their opportunity.

Harrison provided the Pirates’ only run in the first inning with a solo home run to left field.

Danny Farquhar in critical condition after suffering ruptured aneurysm

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Awful news for the White Sox and reliever Danny Farquhar: the right-hander remains hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage, per a team announcement on Saturday. He’s in stable but critical condition after sustaining a “ruptured aneurysm [that] caused the brain bleed” on Friday.

Farquhar, 31, passed out in the dugout during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros. He regained consciousness shortly after the incident and was taken to RUSH University Medical Center, where he’s expected to continue treatment with Dr. Demetrius Lopez in the neurological ICU unit.

“It takes your breath away a little bit,” club manager Rick Renteria said following the game. “One of your guys is down there and you have no idea what’s going on. […] When one of your teammates or anybody you know has an episode, even if it’s not a teammate, something is going on, you realize everything else you keep in perspective. Everything has its place. It’s one of our guys, so we are glad he was conscious when he left here.”