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Dodgers pitcher gets save in a 17-1 game


There are a couple of ways to get a save in a major league baseball game. The most common way is to close out a game where the margin of victory is three runs or fewer. Another way, however, is to pitch three innings to end a game regardless of the score. That’s what Caleb Ferguson did for the Dodgers last night.

Ferguson came in for the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and pitched admirably, shutting out the Pirates on three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Of course, he came in to the game when the Dodgers led 17-1, so you might say that the save was less than rigorous. His teammate, Alex Wood, who got the win for L.A. certainly thought so, shaking his head and saying “a 16-run save . . .” afterwards, amused but unimpressed. For his part, Ferguson didn’t even realize he was in line for a save until someone told him.

This happens a couple of times a year and it’s always fun when it does. Though I suppose “fun” is a relative concept. Cut me some slack, I don’t have much of a life, OK?

Andrew McCutchen ‘ready to go’ whenever season begins

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Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.

2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.