Gold Glove finalists announced

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Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league:

AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez
AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer
AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia
AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre
AL, shortstop: Yunel Escobar, Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy
AL, left field: Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Dirks, Alex Gordon
AL, center field: Adam Jones, Lorenzo Cain, Jacoby Ellsbury
AL, right field: Nick Markakis, Josh Reddick, Shane Victorino
AL, pitcher: Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey, Doug Fister

NL, catcher: A.J. Ellis, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina
NL, first base: Paul Goldschmidt, Adrian Gonzalez, Anthony Rizzo
NL, second base: Darwin Barney, Mark Ellis, Brandon Phillips
NL, third base: Nolan Arenado, Juan Uribe, David Wright
NL, shortstop: Ian Desmond, Andrelton Simmons, Troy Tulowitzki
NL, left field: Carlos Gonzalez, Starling Marte, Eric Young Jr.
NL, center field: Carlos Gomez, Andrew McCutchen, Denard Span
NL, right field: Jay Bruce, Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra
NL, pitcher: Patrick Corbin, Zack Greinke, Adam Wainwright

On your mark. Get set. Complain!

Marlins, Giants get into heated beanball war

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You may have heard that Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand punching a door in frustration after Monday night’s subpar performance. He’ll miss six to eight weeks as a result. Strickland came in to protect a 4-2 lead but ended up giving up three runs. The tying run was knocked in by Lewis Brinson on a single to right field. Brinson moved to third base on a go-ahead single by Miguel Rojas, which prompted manager Bruce Bochy to take Strickland out of the game.

On his way to the dugout, Strickland started chirping at Brinson. Much like Bryce Harper and Strickland, Brinson and Strickland have a bit of a history. Last Thursday, Brinson handed Strickland a blown save with a sacrifice fly to deep center field. Brinson was happy to help his team tie the game, pumping his fast and saying, “Let’s go” at no one in particular. That rubbed Strickland the wrong way. Everything seems to rub Strickland the wrong way.

During Tuesday night’s game, Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez threw at Brinson with the first pitch, a 92 MPH fastball. Home plate umpire Andy Fletcher issued warnings to both benches. Manager Don Mattingly came out to argue, suggesting that his team hadn’t done anything wrong so it was unfair to essentially take the inside part of the plate away from his pitchers. On his way back to the dugout, Mattingly could be seen saying, “You’re next” to catcher Buster Posey.

The Giants scored twice in the bottom of the second against Dan Straily to extend their lead to 3-0. Posey came to the plate with a runner on first base and one out. Straily hit Posey with a 91 MPH fastball on the first pitch, prompting ejections of both Straily and Mattingly. Posey was hit on the arm. If the pitch had come in a bit lower and hit Posey on the wrist or hand, Posey might have had to go on the disabled list for a couple months. Or if the pitch had hit Posey a couple of inches higher, in the head, then who knows what would have happened.

Things calmed down from there, thankfully. The two clubs have one more game against each other in San Francisco on Wednesday and that will be the final time they meet this season. If anything further is going to happen — and hopefully, nothing happens — then it will come tomorrow.

Straily will almost certainly be facing a suspension and a fine, as will Mattingly. It’s less clear if Rodriguez and/or Bochy will be reprimanded for throwing at Brinson, even though it was fairly obvious the pitch was intentional. Regardless, the punishments amount to just one missed start for the pitchers, which isn’t nearly enough of a detriment to deter beanball wars.