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Nick Williams: ‘I guess computers are making the lineup’

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The Phillies’ 5-0 victory yesterday was likely a relief for Gabe Kapler, who has received a good amount of criticism in the season’s first week. There was no pitching change drama, no blundering and, of course, a win is always nice.

After the game, though, one of his young stars voiced some displeasure. It was Nick Williams, who did not play in the game and who is less-than-thrilled with his playing time thus far. From Todd Zolecki of MLB.com:

“I guess the computers are making [the lineup], I don’t know. I don’t get any of it, but what can I do? I’m not going to complain about it because I have zero power. I’m just letting it ride.”

Williams has started only two of the Phillies first six games and has only 11 plate appearances. He has struggled in his limited time and suggests to Zolecki that not playing regularly is partially responsible.

Williams played mostly in right field last year. So far this year Aaron Altherr has gotten more time there. He’s 1-for-18 in 22 plate appearances.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.