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ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 8, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Andrew Heaney finds an… interesting… analogy for the Warriors


Forward Kevin Durant is the talk of the town today as he announced via The Players’ Tribune that he is joining the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors were the champions in the 2014-15 season, and came up just short of repeating for the 2015-16 season. Adding Durant to a roster that already includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green makes the Warriors incredibly potent heading into next season.

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney found an… interesting… analogy for the Warriors, tweeting it to Durant.

Heaney continued:

I’ll save the analysis of the hooker analogy for another time. But let’s keep these tweets in mind when Heaney, 25, is eligible to become a free agent after the 2021 season.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Happy Independence Day. Lots of afternoon baseball today. The Brewers and Nationals got started a little early, starting at 11:05 AM EDT, but the rest of them are starting at 1 PM EDT or later. Enjoy the holiday and day games.

Los Angeles Angels (Nick Tropeano) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore), 1:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Nick Martinez) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 1:35 PM EDT

New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ Chicago White Sox (James Shields), 2:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman) @ Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco), 2:10 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley) @ Houston Astros (Lance McCullers), 2:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jon Niese) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez), 2:15 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Cody Reed) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 2:20 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Joel de la Cruz) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff), 4:05 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Anderson) @ San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy), 4:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 4:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez), 7:07 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris) @ Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar), 7:10 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Julio Urias), 9:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Archie Bradley), 9:10 PM EDT

Video: Ryan Braun was called out for batting out of order

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 13: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers warms up in the on deck circle in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Kicking off Monday’s Independence Day action, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun singled up the middle with two outs in the first inning against Nationals starter Max Scherzer. It was seemingly innocuous, but Nats manager Dusty Baker came out for a chat with home plate umpire Cory Blaser. The umpires conferred and crew chief Jeff Nelson ultimately ruled Ryan Braun out.

Why? Braun was to bat fourth, not third, in the Brewers’ lineup on Monday afternoon. Jonathan Lucroy should have been at the plate. Though Braun took the plate appearance, Lucroy was “credited” with a ground out without making a plate appearance. The inning ended, and Braun got to lead off the next inning. Braun would, appropriately, ground out to lead off the second.