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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  Former ESPN Analyst Curt Schilling talks about his ESPN dismissal and politics during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted by Stephen K. Bannon and co-host Alex Marlow at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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Curt Schilling urges people not to compare him to Trevor Bauer


Indians starter Trevor Bauer‘s stitched-up pinky began bleeding profusely in the first inning of ALCS Game 3 on Monday evening, forcing him out of the game much earlier than anticipated. The bloody hand naturally made people recall Curt Schilling, who famously pitched with a “bloody sock” in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees.

Schilling, however, urged his Twitter followers not to make such a comparison. He wrote, “Please don’t tweet at me about Bauer. He cost himself a start, likely more, AND his teammates, and fans, [messing] around with a drone. #stupid”

Schilling, who had a torn tendon sheath when he pitched in the ’04 ALCS, is most remembered for his performance in Game 6 against the Yankees as he tossed seven high-quality innings to help the Red Sox force a Game 7 which they would eventually win to advance to the World Series.

Schilling also started Game 1 and he got torched for six runs over three innings in a game the Red Sox lost 10-7. All things considered, Schilling cost his team a game trying to pitch through an injury.

Of course, that wasn’t Schilling’s only complaint. The six-time All-Star blamed Bauer’s injury on stupidity because he was repairing his drone. Schilling suffered his injury playing the game, not pursuing a hobby. The argument that players should be castigated for getting injured doing something as a hobby is a slippery slope because we start making arbitrary judgments about what’s an acceptable hobby and what’s not. Riding motorcycles? Playing with your kids? Playing recreational basketball? Athletes have gotten injured doing all of these off-the-clock activities but some we view as more legitimate than others for only subjective reasons.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Schilling’s criticism is unfounded. At best it’s unfair to Bauer, and at worst it’s hypocritical.

Chip Hale joins the Athletics as a third base coach

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05:  Chip Hale #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks watches from the dugout during the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Athletics announced on Tuesday afternoon that Chip Hale has joined the organization as a third base coach. “We’re thrilled to bring Chip back to the organization and to retain the rest of our coaching staff,” GM David Forst said.

Hale, 51, was fired as the manager of the Diamondbacks earlier this month along with GM Dave Stewart. Over two seasons, he led the club to a 148-176 (.457) record with a third and a fourth place finish.

Hale had previously served as bench coach for the A’s from 2012-14. He also worked with A’s manager Bob Melvin in 2006 when he managed the D’Backs.

Video: Mike Napoli provides the lumber in Indians’ ALCS Game 3 victory

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 17:  Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians smiles as he runs home off of a single hit by Jose Ramirez #11 in the sixth inning against Joe Biagini #31 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game three of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 17, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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If you forgot veteran slugger Mike Napoli was a force to be reckoned with, you weren’t alone. The 34-year-old entered Monday’s ALCS Game 3 versus the Blue Jays having gone hitless in the two prior ALCS games as well as the third and final game of the ALDS against the Red Sox. In total, Napoli was 2-for-18 with a single and a double in the 2016 postseason for an uninspiring .111/.111/.167 triple-slash line.

Napoli made his presence felt in Game 3 in a big way, providing some serious lumber. He opened the scoring with two outs in the bottom of the first, drilling an RBI double to right field that caromed off of Jose Bautista, allowing Carlos Santana to score. Napoli followed up in the fourth inning, swatting a no-doubt solo home run to center field off of Marcus Stroman, breaking a 1-1 tie.

Here’s what both hits looked like:

Jason Kipnis also hit a solo homer in the sixth inning off of Stroman. Two at-bats later, Stroman walked Napoli, ending his night. Reliever Joe Biagini came in and Jose Ramirez doubled Napoli home to provide the Indians an insurance run. Big night for Napoli.