Brett Lawrie saw 12 pitches last night. He struck out four times.

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“Moneyball” does not necessarily mean “take walks.” But taking walks, working counts and stuff like that is still pretty important in baseball. So I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that Billy Beane and the A’s brain trust took some issue with new third baseman Brett Lawrie’s approach at the plate last night.

Why? Because that approach led to Lawrie striking out four times. On 12 pitches. I don’t think I need to do that math for you, but here’s what his at bats looked like on the pitch-by-pitch breakdown:

  • Second Inning: Strike (looking), Strike (looking), Strike (swinging), Lawrie struck out swinging
  • Fifth Inning: Strike (looking), Strike (foul), Strike (swinging), Lawrie struck out swinging
  • Seventh Inning: Strike (looking), Strike (swinging), Strike (swinging), Lawrie struck out swinging
  • Ninth Inning: Strike (looking), Strike (looking), Strike (swinging), Lawrie struck out swinging

Rangers pitchers only struck out seven dudes overall. Lawrie was four of ’em. Nice night, friend.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.