Video: Marlins’ double play revoked

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The Marlins lost to the Indians on Friday night, 6-2, no thanks to third base umpire Andy Fletcher.

In the bottom of the first inning, with a runner on first and no outs, Jason Kipnis swung on a 3-2 fastball outside from Miami starter Andrew Cashner. Adeiny Hechavarria fired to second to catch Carlos Santana in a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play, and that’s where the fun ended for the Marlins. Third base ump Andy Fletcher ruled no swing on Kipnis’, uh, swing, turning a two-out, no runners on base scenario into a no out, two runners on base headache.

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A shaky start for Cashner took a dark turn after the botched double play, leaving the right-hander with six hits, six earned runs, six strikeouts, and a career-high six walks after five innings. The Marlins fared no better at the plate, helping Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco to his third double-digit strikeout performance of the year.

Still, it’s easier, and not entirely unreasonable, to blame the ump for this one. Without that walk, the Marlins might have had to contend with a one-run game instead of a four-run deficit. After tonight’s loss, they’ll have to hope Jose Fernandez’s command doesn’t give the umpiring crew any leeway tomorrow.

Report: Guardians, 1B Josh Bell reach 2-year, $33M deal

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SAN DIEGO — The Cleveland Guardians and slugging first baseman Josh Bell have agreed to a two-year, $33 million contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a review of medical records.

Bell played for Washington and San Diego last season, batting .266 with 17 homers and 71 RBIs in 156 games.

Cleveland is coming off a surprising 2022 season, going 92-70 and winning the AL Central for the first time since 2018. The addition of Bell gives the Guardians more power for their lineup after they hit just 127 homers this year – the second-lowest total in the majors.

The 30-year-old Bell is a .262 hitter with 130 homers and 468 RBIs over seven seasons with three big league teams. He had his best year with Pittsburgh in 2019, making the NL All-Star team while batting .277 with 37 homers and 116 RBIs in 143 games.

The switch-hitting Bell also is expected to benefit from restrictions on defensive positioning coming to the game next year.