Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki thought fast to avoid being tagged in last night’s game against the Orioles. After reaching on an errant throw by Jonathan Schoop, Tulowitzki made a wide turn at first base before realizing that he wouldn’t be able to make it to second. Matt Wieters alertly picked up the ball and tried to make the tag, but Tulowitzki just hopped right over him and landed right on first base. Check it out:
Pretty clever. The best part is Tulowitzki calmly stood there afterwards like it was no big thing. Just your run-of-the-mill baseball stuff.
Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations, told season ticket-holders on Saturday that the team wants to “sign some of our key players for the future” and added that 1B/OF Chris Davis is “one of them”, as Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Davis, 29, can become a free agent after the season. He entered action Saturday night batting .257/.341/.541. He homered twice against the Athletics on Saturday, including a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Though he leads the majors with 144 strikeouts, he also leads with 88 RBI and has knocked 34 balls out of the park as well. The veteran has more than bounced back from last year’s subpar showing.
Davis is one of many Orioles who could leave via free agency after the season. The others include Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen, Gerardo Parra, Darren O’Day, Steve Pearce, and Nolan Reimold.
The Orioles announced earlier today that the club designated outfielder David Lough for assignment and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
Though catcher Matt Wieters says he expects to stay off of the disabled list, he was held out of Friday’s lineup against the Athletics and is only available off the bench. Clevenger gives the Orioles a healthy second catcher for at least one game. Clevenger, 29, has taken only 11 plate appearances in the majors for the Orioles this season, but is hitting .455. He had a more modest .769 OPS in 301 PA with Norfolk.
Lough, 29, compiled a meager .202/.243/.318 batting line with four home runs and 12 RBI in 139 PA this year for the Orioles. Junior Lake and Nolan Reimold will handle left field for the O’s the rest of the way.