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Athletics fan helps spark an Angels rally

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I talked about this in the recaps but it’s worth its own post.

There was a Steve Bartman moment in the Angels-A’s game. Oh, the stakes weren’t so high and, maybe, the out was not a sure one, but it was still a fairly high watermark for fan interference. Except, of course, it was not called fan interference.

Oakland led 4-1 entering the top of the sixth. Two A’s pitchers combined to load the bases and then a third pitcher, Lou Trivino, came in to face Andrelton Simmons. Trivino induced what should’ve — Could’ve? Probably? —  been the second out of the inning in the form of a foul popup, which Stephen Piscotty was in the process of running down. That’s when this woman stuck her glove out and snagged the ball:

The umpires did not call fan interference for . . . some reason. As I noted this morning, Piscotty seemed to be feeling that wall, looking down a bit, and may very well have not have caught that ball, and I suppose that’s what the umps were hanging their hat on. Of course, as a commenter noted this morning, it may be that Piscotty was holding up because that lady’s glove sticking out there distracted him. Either way, she got the ball and, the umps’ ruling notwithstanding, got kicked out of the ballpark.

With new life, Simmons smacked a two-run single to pull the Angels to within one and then, following a plunked batter which loaded the bases back up, Kaleb Cowart hit a grand slam to put the Angels up by three. As Ray Ratto of NBC Sports Bay Area notes this morning, the A’s had their chances to get themselves out of this mess and to get that lady off the hook, but just didn’t do it.

Anyway, folks: leave the balls alone at the park. If you really want an official ball, and one doesn’t come into the stands near you, just buy one.

Yankees set to activate Giancarlo Stanton on Tuesday

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Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to return from the injured list on Tuesday, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday. The timing coincides well with the addition of Edwin Encarnación, who was acquired from the Mariners on Saturday evening and is expected to be active and available for the Yankees as soon as Monday night.

The Yankees have every reason to hope that Stanton will be able to return to his usual 30+ homer, 4.0+ fWAR self as he works his way back to a full-time role this season. (Fueling some of that hope: Four home runs in 10 PA at High-A Tampa during his latest stretch of rehab games.) Undoubtedly, they’re still prepared to play it safe with the 29-year-old, who has already suffered significant shoulder, biceps, and calf injuries and has not appeared in a major-league game since March 31. Through the Yankees’ first three games of 2019, he went 2-for-15 with a pair of singles, seven walks, and four strikeouts.

With Encarnación slotting into a DH/first base role, Stanton is expected to spend the bulk of his playing time in the left field corner. That may cause a bit of a logjam in the outfield, as Brett Gardner took over that spot in Stanton’s absence and will likely be forced into a backup role once Aaron Judge returns from the IL — but for now, Boone says, he “still expects Gardy to play a lot.”