Craig Calcaterra

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Matt Duffy out for the season following achilles surgery

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Bad news for the Rays: shortstop/3B Matt Duffy is going to be shut down this week to undergo season-ending surgery for his left Achilles injury.

Duffy has been bothered by the injury for most of the season and, with the Rays going nowhere, better to do it now than to wait for the offseason. As it is now, the Rays believe he’ll be ready for spring training next year.

Duffy, acquired from the Giants at the deadline, has hit .276/.300/.355 in 21 games for the Rays. Overall he finishes the year with a .258/.310/.357 line.

Video: Francisco Lindor’s sweet swim slide

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Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a double against the Astros last night. He was called out at first, however, because the throw from the outfield beat him to the bag. Most of the time that happens, yeah, the guy is out.

Lindor is not just any guy, though. He pulled a Michael Phelps — or maybe it was a Ryan Lochte? — and put a nice swim move on Jose Altuve, who was waiting to apply the tag. On review, the correct call was made and Lindor was safe at second:

Chavez and Ravin played at Chavez Ravine last night

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Dodger Stadium sits in a canyon called Chavez Ravine. As such, it is often said, by way of variety, that Dodgers games take place at Chavez Ravine instead of “Dodger Stadium.” It’s nice local color.

The place his been a ballpark for 54 years. Last night, however, was a first. Chavez and Ravin playing at Chavez Ravine. Specifically, pitchers Jesse Chavez and Josh Ravin both appearing in a game. They did so in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively:

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In other news, you should read up on the history of Chavez Ravine some time. Short version: it was home to a vibrant Mexican-American community until the 1950s, when the city demolished it in order to build public housing. The housing was never built, however, due to shifting political winds and the fear that public housing was too socialist for Southern California. Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, coming in from Brooklyn, swooped in and, after a vote, was able to purchase the land to build Dodger Stadium. But not before a lot of landowners there were basically snookered with respect to the value of their homes in a multi-year saga.

In other news, Ry Cooder recorded a great concept album about all of that called, appropriately enough, “Chavez Ravine.” Here’s one of the songs off of it, “Third Base, Dodger Stadium”:

 

(h/t to Cut4)