Shades of Roy Oswalt: Shelby Miller plays left field for the Diamondbacks

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Update (9:36 PM EST): Miller struck out looking to end the game, a 12-10 13-inning win for the Pirates.


Roy Oswalt famously played left field for the Phillies on August 24, 2010 in the 15th inning of an eventual 16-inning 4-2 loss. First baseman Ryan Howard was ejected arguing a check-swing call, forcing left fielder Raul Ibanez to move to first base, and the Phillies — with a depleted bench — sent Oswalt out to left field. Oswalt made the final out of the loss, grounding out to third base.

Left fielder Nick Ahmed was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the 12th inning. Channeling his inner Oswalt, Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller went out to left field after pinch-running for pinch-hitter Zack Greinke in the bottom of the 12th during Sunday’s game against the Pirates. That sentence just looks weird, doesn’t it? Greinke had singled and Miller wound up scoring, allowing the D-Backs to re-tie the game at 10-10.

Miller was promptly tested in the field. Josh Harrison led off the top of the 13th with a double to right field, and Sean Rodriguez followed up with a double of his own to left field.

Pirates pitcher Jonathon Niese then pinch-hit and drove a single to Miller in left, but it was also not a preventable hit.

There will certainly be video of Miller’s adventure in left field, so we’ll add it when it’s available. (Update: Here’s the Rodriguez double.)

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.