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Pete Rose joins FOX as a baseball analyst

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This isn’t quite reinstatement, but it is mighty interesting. FOX has hired MLB’s all-time hits leader Pete Rose as a baseball analyst.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Rose will serve as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1. He’ll also appear on “MLB Whiparound,” “America’s Pregame” and “FOX Sports Live” on FOX Sports 1.

FOX didn’t require MLB’s permission to hire Rose, but they did inform them about the possibility.

“As a courtesy, FOX informed us that they were interviewing Pete Rose for an on-air studio position,” said Pat Courtney, baseball’s chief communications officer. “The decision to hire on-air talent for its telecasts rests solely with FOX.”

Rose has officially filed for reinstatement with MLB and new commissioner Rob Manfred intends to take a look at the situation. For what it’s worth, Rose said that he didn’t take this job with the idea that it will help his cause:

“I don’t even worry about that. I’ve never thought about that,” Rose said. “I’m just trying to give back to baseball. Hopefully people will watch and I’ll make some good points that will help them understand the game more.

“I’m not concentrating or worrying about reinstatement. I’m worried about working, having fun. This will be fun for me. It won’t be like work. That’s the way I look at it.”

To this current generation of fans, Rose is mostly known for his banishment from the game more than anything he did as a player. With this new position, he’ll get a chance to talk about and analyze the game on the field. And that could be a lot of fun.

VIDEO: Bryce Harper hit a mammoth home run today vs. the Phillies

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Watch as Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper takes Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang deep for a mammoth blast to straight-away center field at Nationals Park today:

You don’t see baseballs hit to that area of Nationals Park often. Or ever. According to MLB Gameday, the home run traveled at a distance of 461 feet. My goodness. Harper has done deep in back-to-back games and now has four home runs on the year. Only Nelson Cruz of the Mariners (six) and Adrian Gonzalez (five) have more in MLB so far this season.

Home plate umpire Brian Knight leaves game after being hit in mask by pitch

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Scary moment in today’s Phillies-Nationals game, as home plate umpire Brian Knight was forced to exit after he was hit in the facemask by a pitch in the top of the ninth inning.

Knight was hit when Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton flat out missed a 96 mph fastball from right-hander Blake Treinen. The pitch hit him square. He was noticeably woozy, but walked into the tunnel under his own power. The game then had a 12-minute delay, as second base umpire Larry Vanover put on the gear to move behind the plate.

We’ll pass along an update on Knight when it is made available. Here’s hoping for the best.

Royals closer Greg Holland placed on disabled list with pectoral strain

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Greg Holland has been one of the game’s best relievers dating back to 2011, but the Royals will have to make due without him for a little while. The team announced this afternoon that Holland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right pectoral strain.

After posting a 1.44 ERA during the regular season last year and a 0.82 ERA over 11 appearances during the team’s postseason run, Holland had four scoreless appearances with four saves to begin this season.

Losing Holland hurts, but fortunately this is an area of depth for Kansas City. Wade Davis will presumably fill in for save chances.

Matt Holliday exits game with back tightness

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Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday exited Saturday’s game against the Reds after just one inning due to mid-back tightness.

Holliday doubled and scored a run in the bottom of the first before leaving the ballgame. Jon Jay moved over to left field to take his place while Peter Bourjos entered the game to play center field. The Cardinals are calling Holliday’s exit “precautionary,” so it’s probably safe to consider him day-to-day.

Holliday, 35, is batting .364/.476/.394 across his first 10 games this season.