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Dayton Moore still really wants to sign Luke Heimlich

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Back in June, we learned that the Royals were considering signing embattled pitcher Luke Heimlich. Heimlich is a registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of molesting his then-six-year-old niece back when he was 15 years-old. Heimlich went undrafted.

Per Tom Martin of KCTV5, Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Thursday, “That whole debate which dominated the news cycle… we simply weren’t gonna let the world continue to kick that kid because we know who he is.” Moore wouldn’t say if the team plans to sign him, but added, “Do we believe in him as a pitcher and a person? Dayton Moore does.”

Moore is very outspoken about his Christian beliefs. He helped organize an anti-porn seminar for his players in March. Moore presumably sees a sinner who can be redeemed.

There was pushback when Moore expressed interest in June. Hopefully there’s just as much or more pushback now that he’s openly considering Heimlich again. No other baseball executive has expressed interest in Heimlich, so Moore is out on his own on this one.

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.