Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was dead to rights when he was caught off of third base after Andrew Benintendi hit a ground ball right back to pitcher Jonathan Holder. Bradley did the smart thing, though, and committed to running home. Holder threw to third baseman Miguel Andujar, who had to make a running throw home. The throw was accurate, but was to catcher Austin Romine‘s arm-side, so he had to sweep a tag back across his body. That allowed an opening for Bradley to sneak a hand into home plate just before the tag was applied, turning what should have been the first out of the inning into a run. That cut the Yankees’ lead to 4-3.
The Red Sox ended up hanging an eight-spot in the bottom of the fourth, in part thanks to Bradley, so they lead the Yankees 10-5 in the fifth as of this writing.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.
Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.
Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.
The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.