Blue Jays acquire Cliff Pennington from the Diamondbacks

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The Dbacks are trading dudes off to contenders left and right. First Oliver Perez to the Astros, now Cliff Pennington to the Blue Jays, reports Chris Cotillo. The return: infielder Dawel Lugo.

Pennington is hitting .237/.314/.281 with one homer and 10 RBI in 135 at-bats on the season. He’ll likely serve as a backup to Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki. Lugo, 20, plays for high-A Dunedin where he’s hitting .219/.258/.292 on the year.

 

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.