The Athletics acquired veteran slugger Adam Dunn from the White Sox yesterday in exchange for minor league right-hander Nolan Sanburn. As you’ll see below, he made an instant impact in his first at-bat with his new club:
Looks like somebody is hungry for his first career playoff appearance. That was the 461st home run of Dunn’s career, tying him with Boston’s David Ortiz for 35th on baseball’s all-time list. He went 2-for-3 in his debut as the A’s snapped their four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Mariners. Oakland is 4 1/2 games behind the idle Angels in the American League West and currently hold one of the American League Wild Card spots.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.