In case you missed it, long time umpire Joe West engaged in a 17-second staredown with Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Thursday. It was just the latest embarrassing showing of conduct on the part of West. Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins made a pretty amazing callback to the incident during Friday’s game against the Rockies.
Rollins hit a triple into the left-center field gap in the top of the first inning. After sliding into third base safely, he requested time out from West before freezing in place and jokingly mocking him with a staredown. Check it out below:
Bless you, Jimmy Rollins.
Josh Hamilton is back in the Rangers’ starting lineup just a little over two weeks removed from surgery to to repair a slight meniscus tear in his left knee.
Hamilton has logged two plate appearances as a pinch-hitter over the past week, but this will be his first time in the starting lineup since way back on August 15. He’s starting in left field and will bat eighth against right-hander Collin McHugh. It should be a good test to prove his readiness for the postseason.
Hamilton, 34, is batting .253/.295/.425 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 42 games this season.
There was a very scary moment for the Astros on Friday, as second baseman Jose Altuve and shortstop Carlos Correa collided in shallow center field while going after a pop-up. Altuve was forced to exit the game, but he’s back in the lineup this afternoon against the Rangers.
As you can see in the video below, Altuve took a forearm to the face on the play. While he appeared dazed and was stretching out his jaw as he walked off the field, Chandler Rome of MLB.com reports that he showed no signs of a concussion.
The fading Astros are clinging to a half-game lead over the Angels in the AL Wild Card race.