Outfielder Christian Yelich played the role of hero for the Marlins on Friday night against the Rays, delivering a walk-off RBI single to left-center in the bottom of the 10th. It was Yelich’s third RBI of the night, as he had previously singled in two runs in the fourth inning.
During Yelich’s post-game interview, his Marlin teammates pulled off an elaborate celebration. Most players are met with a shaving cream pie (or towel) to the face, but Dee Gordon took it to the next level. Pitcher Mat Latos appeared behind Yelich with a small basketball net with a backboard while Gordon ran up from the dugout and slam dunked a ball through the net over Yelich.
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Yelich had the composure to continue the interview despite getting posterized.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.