VIDEO: Call overturned when Pirates catcher Russell Martin blocks the plate … on a forceout

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Rule 7.13 still needs further clarification, especially after this confusing replay overturn in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game between the Reds and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park …

It’s a forceout situation, so Martin has to keep one foot on the plate. And it’s the throw that clearly guides him into the runner’s path. There is no motivation for a catcher to block home plate on a force play, right?

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.