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Joe West to be crew chief for ALCS

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Boston Red Sox fans were pretty exasperated about having to watch Angel Hernandez ump their games in the ALDS. Good news for them: Angel Hernandez will NOT be on the umpire crew for the ALCS against the Astros.

But Joe West will.

Yes, the same Joe West who is often brought up alongside Hernandez when conversations about the worst umpires in the game arise. To be fair, West is a better umpire than Hernandez when it comes to calling the game — who isn’t? — but West certainly has had his run-ins with players and has spent his entire career making games about him rather than the baseball. Here’s hoping he keeps that to a minimum this postseason.

The crews, with their Game 1 assignments included. The crew chief is asterisked:

NLCS

Home: Scott Barry
1B: Alan Porter
2B: Gerry Davis*
3B: Hunter Wendelstedt
LF: Jim Wolf
RF: Brian Gorman
Replay, Games 1-2: Greg Gibson
Replay, Games 3-7: Scott Barry

ALCS

Home: James Hoye
1B: Vic Carapazza
2B: Joe West*
3B: Mark Carlson
LF: Chris Guccione
RF: Mark Wegner
Replay, Games 1-2: Bill Miller
Replay, Games 3-7: James Hoye

Padres to recall Luis Urías

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The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.

Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.

Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.

Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.