Marlins holding out hope Dan Haren changes his mind about pitching on the West coast

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The Marlins acquired starter Dan Haren along with second baseman Dee Gordon last month, but Haren has said he may retire if he is unable to pitch close to his home on the West coast. However, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are holding out hope Haren changes his mind and comes to camp when pitchers and catchers report on February 20.

Haren, 34, finished the 2014 season with a 4.02 ERA and a 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings. Given his results over the past three seasons, the Marlins wouldn’t expect much performance-wise, but would value his ability to soak up innings. Haren has taken the hill at least 30 times in every season dating back to 2005.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.