Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn a 5-4-3 double play in the top of the second inning of Thursday’s game against the Tigers. Victor Martinez led off with a double and Mikie Mahtook followed up with an infield single, bringing up James McCann. With a full count, McCann sharply grounded to Machado right at the third base bag. Machado stepped on the base, fired to Schoop at second, who quickly turned the ball around to Chris Davis at first place to finish the triple-killing.
This isn’t even the Orioles’ first triple play of the season. They also turned one in an odd fashion on May 2 against the Red Sox.
Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:
The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.
Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.
Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.
Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.