Baker negatively impacting another youngster?

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bailey heaving.JPGVeteran manager Dusty Baker often gets blamed, fairly or unfairly, for hurting the careers of pitchers like Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and Mark Prior with years of strenuous pitch counts and uneven days of rest. 

Whether Baker is guilty or not, his handling of Homer Bailey this evening can only be described as questionable.  The 23-year-old Bailey was solid in his 2010 debut last week, racking up five strikeouts over five innings against the Cubs, but was forced to throw 115 pitches tonight in a loss to the Marlins — only his second start of the year.  That’s quite a load for a young pitcher that has been groomed to throw only 90-100 pitches per outing and an indictment on Baker as a manager.

Bailey had a 2.41 ERA in 37 1/3 innings last season in the month of September and was dominant in his only October start.  The Reds have high hopes for him this year and for many years to come.  But should they, considering the reputation of the man that is leading the squad?

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.