Update: Both Verlander and Ausmus took no issue with Dyson’s bunt. Via MLB.com’s Jason Beck:
Tigers starter Justin Verlander had thrown five perfect innings against the Mariners and retired Mitch Haniger on strikes to begin the sixth inning. That brought up the speedy Jarrod Dyson. With a 1-1 count in a 4-0 game, Dyson laid a bunt down the first base line. Both Verlander and first baseman Miguel Cabrera charged towards the ball and second baseman Ian Kinsler was late covering the bag, so there was absolutely zero chance Dyson would’ve been out.
In the rather hefty tome of baseball’s unwritten rules, “don’t bunt to break up a perfect game or no-hitter” is somewhere in there. Ben Davis famously and successfully broke up Curt Schilling’s perfect game bid in the eighth inning back in 2001, which earned him some scorn. Then-manager Bob Brenly called the bunt “chicken,” though Schilling didn’t have any unkind words towards Davis after the game. It’s happened a few times since then.
Following the bunt single, Verlander walked Mike Zunino and allowed an infield single to Jean Segura to load the bases. Ben Gamel brought in the Mariners’ first run with a single to center field. Verlander had light at the end of the tunnel when he struck out Robinson Cano for the second out, but served up a two-run double to Nelson Cruz, ending his evening. Shane Greene relieved him.
Verlander and manager Brad Ausmus will almost certainly be asked for their thoughts on Dyson’s bunt after the game. It’ll be interesting to see if they take the high road or the low road.
Update: The extension is believed to be $70 million over five years, according to Hector Gomez. It includes an option for 2023 worth $17 million.
Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners and shortstop Jean Segura are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. Details of the extension are not yet known.
Segura, 27, is earning $6.2 million this season and will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility going into the 2018 season. Segura is currently on the disabled list with a high ankle sprain. He’s currently leading the league with a .341 batting average. He also has a great .391 on-base percentage with a .462 slugging percentage across 198 plate appearances.
If the contract extension is finalized, Segura will be one of only four players the Mariners have signed beyond the 2018 season, joining Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager.
The news has gone from bad to worse for Mariners’ middle infielder Jean Segura, who left Thursday’s game when he sprained his right ankle on a slide into second base. The Mariners placed Segura on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, but recent comments from GM Jerry Dipoto revealed that the shortstop could miss up to 1-2 months during the recovery process.
Prior to the injury, Segura was off to a hot start in his first season with the Mariners. The 27-year-old slashed .241/.391/.462 with four home runs and an .852 OPS through his first 198 PA of the year. He joins a long list of injured players on Seattle’s roster, including fellow shortstop Shawn O'Malley, who isn’t expected back until August after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery last month.
Without Segura, the Mariners are expected to utilize Taylor Motter at short for the time being. Minor league infielder Tyler Smith was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday and made his big league debut at second base, but could shoulder some shortstop duties with Motter over the coming weeks as well.