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SARASOTA, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Caleb Joseph #36 of the Baltimore Orioles poses during photo day at Ed Smith Stadium on February 28, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Caleb Joseph hasn’t driven in a run this season


Orioles backup catcher Caleb Joseph and I have something in common: we both have yet to drive in a run in a major league game this season. Joseph has appeared in 44 games and taken 132 plate appearances, but there’s a big old goose egg in his RBI column.

If Joseph makes it to season’s end without driving in a run, he’ll become the first hitter to do that, minimum 100 at-bats, per Dan Connolly of, citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

If the threshold is moved back to 75 plate appearances, the list includes a bunch of pitchers, but only nine total (including Joseph) since 2000. If we exclude pitchers, Kenny Lofton didn’t knock in a run across 79 plate appearances as a rookie with the Astros in 1991.

(Cap tip to Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky)

Josh Harrison done for the year due to a strained groin

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 28:  Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates waits for a pitch during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 28, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison will miss the remainder of the season due to a strained right groin suffered on Saturday night,’s Adam Berry reports. Harrison suffered the injury rounding first base on a double against the Reds in the sixth inning of Saturday’s game.

Harrison, 29, was once again unable to find the All-Star form he showed in 2014. He finishes this season with a .283/.311/.388 triple-slash line with 36 extra-base hits, 59 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 19 stolen bases in 522 plate appearances.

Sean Rodriguez and Adam Frazier should be expected to handle second base the rest of the way for the Wild Card-hopeful Pirates.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 11:  Mat Latos #38 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 11, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Mat Latos will make his first start as a member of the Nationals on Monday night, opposing the Mets’ Rafael Montero in a 7:05 PM game at Nationals Park.

All things considered, the 2016 season worked out for Latos. He was on the White Sox, who were expected to be more competitive than they turned out to be, and the right-hander worked up a measly 4.62 ERA over 11 starts. The club released him in mid-June, allowing him to sign with the Nationals by the end of the month. The White Sox are 68-74 in fourth place in the AL Central and the Nationals have a healthy nine-game lead over the Mets in the NL East.

Latos has made two appearances for the Nationals thus far. In his debut with the team, he went two innings against the Mets and gave up two runs, both on a Jay Bruce home run. He got one out in the 11th inning on Wednesday, his most recent appearance.

The Latos start itself doesn’t figure to be appointment television, but the season he has had is fascinating. He might end up with a World Series ring at the end of it.

The rest of Monday’s action…

Los Angeles Dodgers (Jose De Leon) @ New York Yankees (Bryan Mitchell), 7:05 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson), 7:05 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Jake Odorizzi) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Francisco Liriano), 7:07 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Wade Miley) @ Boston Red Sox (David Price), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Andrew Cashner) @ Atlanta Braves (Mike Foltynewicz), 7:10 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Wily Peralta) @ Cincinnati Reds (Keyvius Sampson), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Ervin Santana) @ Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris), 7:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Ross Detwiler) @ Kansas City Royals (Dillon Gee), 7:15 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Carlos Carrasco) @ Chicago White Sox (Miguel Gonzalez), 8:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Martin Perez) @ Houston Astros (Doug Fister), 8:10 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Mike Leake), 8:15 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Anderson) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Shelby Miller), 9:40 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Ariel Miranda) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 10:05 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens) @ San Francisco Giants (Jeff Samardzija), 10:15 PM EDT