A fan got five foul balls at the Tigers game today

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This is not a story about that “Ball Hawk” dude who makes a point to go around to various parks and snag foul balls or freebies from players by wearing different caps and stuff. No, this is just a regular dude.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a fan named Bill Dugan got five foul balls this afternoon during the course of the Pirates-Tigers game. Well, four during the game, one during batting practice.

Now, to be clear, this is not all the stuff of pure luck and randomness as much as, it appears, simply being well-positioned. The story makes it clear that he’s gotten tons of foul balls before, likely because of where his season tickets are. He says he’s gotten as many as eight before. But I still think this is a notable achievement. He’s not out there hustling for them, it seems. He’s just in the right place at the right time. Often.

Kyle Gibson, Orioles finalize 1-year, $10M contract

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SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.

The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.

Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.

Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.

Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.

The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.

He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.

Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.