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The Diamondbacks guarded their pool with mounted security last night


Back in 2013, the Dodgers clinched the N.L. West title by beating the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. When the game was over, the Dodgers famously made their way to the swimming pool beyond the outfield fence, jumped in and celebrated there. There were even rumors that someone in Dodger blue peed in the dang thing. Needless to say it displeased the Diamondbacks and helped fuel a nasty little feud between the clubs for a couple of years.

Last night the Dodgers clinched something even bigger at Chase Field: the NLDS. And, as has become custom, they celebrated their Division Series victory with champagne, beer and revelry. They did not, however, celebrate by taking a dip in the Chase Field pool. Why?

Because the Dbacks guarded it like Fort Knox:

Yep, mounted security. And it stayed there for a long, long time:. The game ended at about 10:45PM Pacific time. The guards and their mighty steeds remained for almost another hour and a half:

They left a couple of minutes after that, having been successful in their duty. Not that the Dodgers even tried to jump in it. Indeed, Dave Roberts said the other day they wouldn’t be doing that if they won. I guess the Dbacks wanted to make doubly sure.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.