UPDATE: Brad Ausmus went to his pen again. It didn’t work. Again.

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3:24 PM: I’m putting this up now so it doesn’t look like I was second guessing later. Or hey, maybe to give Brad Ausmus credit for having guts. I don’t know.

What I do know is that when Justin Verlander ran out of gas in the sixth, Ausmus went to Anibal Sanchez out of the pen. Sanchez, usually a starter, threw thirty pitches over the rest of the sixth and through the seventh and didn’t allow a thing. He looked good. Now, entering the eighth, Ausmus decided to take Sanchez out and start the inning with Joba Chamberlain, who was horrifyingly bad last night.

I can’t say I’d go back to that well. Not after last night and not while Sanchez looked so darn good in his two innings today. The Tigers have a 6-3 lead.

But I guess we’ll see how it goes.

UPDATE: Chamberlain faced four dudes. He retired one. Then he plunked Adam Jones and gave up two singles. The Orioles scored and it’s now 6-4. Ausmus just yanked Chamberlain for Joakim Soria with runners on first and second. Soria walked J.J. Hardy. One out. This is ridiculous.

UPDATE: Delmon Young comes up as a pinch hitter and on the first pitch clears the bases with a double. It’s now 7-6 Baltimore. This is unreal.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.