Video: Tigers win on a walk-off wild pitch, sweep the Mariners in four games

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The Tigers completed a four-game series sweep at home against the Mariners with a walk-off win thanks to a wild pitch from Steve Cishek.

The two clubs were knotted at four runs apiece entering the bottom of the 10th inning, Cishek’s second inning of work. Cishek issued a one-out walk to Steven Moya, then allowed a single to Victor Martinez. Moya advanced to third base on a throwing error by left fielder Seth Smith. Unsurprisingly, Cishek issued an intentional walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia to load the bases, setting up a force play and potential double play at any base.

Cishek struck out Andrew Romine, revealing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel, but he’d have to get through Ian Kinsler first. With a 1-0 count, the sidewinding reliever whipped a 93 MPH fastball low and away, which catcher Chris Iannetta couldn’t handle. Camerin Maybin, who pinch-ran for Moya, scampered home to seal the 5-4 win.

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The Tigers were licking their wounds after dropping three of four to the division rival Royals. They’re now 38-35, four games behind the first-place Indians and three games behind the second-place Royals.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.