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Former major league pitcher Daniel Webb dies in ATV accident

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Former major league pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident during the weekend, WPSD Local 6 reports. Three others suffered injuries, including Webb’s wife, whose injuries were described as “significant.”

Webb pitched parts of four seasons in the majors, all with the White Sox. In 110 innings of relief, he had a 4.50 ERA with a 93/69 K/BB ratio.

Webb was the Blue Jays’ 18th-round selection in the 2009 draft. The Jays sent him to the Sox along with Myles Jaye on January 1, 2012 in exchange for reliever Jason Frasor.

The White Sox issued this statement on Sunday:

Kendrys Morales pitched a scoreless inning Sunday

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Nothing went right for the Blue Jays this weekend. The club was swept in a four-game series against the Athletics, including a 9-2 loss on Sunday. Not wanting to burn out his bullpen in a lopsided game — and perhaps thinking about the general entertainment value involved — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to send designated hitter Kendrys Morales out to pitch the ninth inning. And in typical baseball fashion, he saw better results than some of the dudes who do this all the time.

Morales, who actually pitched in Cuba nearly 20 years ago, worked around a walk for a scoreless inning. He induced three fly outs and topped out at 87.4 mph on his fastball, per Brooks Baseball. He received a standing ovation on the way back to the dugout. Morales hasn’t been hearing that sort of thing for his contributions with the bat recently.

Morales, 34, is batting just .163/.248/.279 with three home runs through 32 games this season. There’s been some understandable clamoring for top prospect Vladmir Guerrero, Jr. to cut into his at-bats. For his part, Morales has been doing everything he can to break out of his slumber at the plate, including ditching the glasses he started wearing during spring training. Hey, whatever works. Morales also had two of Toronto’s four hits on Sunday.

On the heels of Morales’ first MLB appearance on the mound, it feels rather appropriate that the Blue Jays will get their first look at Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani — at least as a hitter — beginning on Tuesday.