There’s some drama about Brett Lawrie apologizing to Alcides Escobar

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On Friday night, Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie led with his spikes on a slide into second base in an attempt to break up a 5-6-3 double play, resulting in an injury for Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. The injury was described as a mid-left knee strain. Escobar remains out of the Royals’ lineup for Saturday’s game.

The Royals were quite unhappy with Lawrie’s slide and the benches cleared. Lawrie claimed to have apologized via text message to Escobar after the game, but Escobar says he never got an apology. Take it away, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Apology-gate! In all seriousness, as Slusser suggests, it was probably a simple matter of Lawrie getting an old number.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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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.