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Billy Hamilton scores from second on sacrifice fly

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We all know Royals outfielder Billy Hamilton is fast. As a member of the Reds, he stole 277 bases across parts of six seasons and regularly made spectacular catches. Now a Royal, Hamilton continues to show off his speed. On Tuesday against the Mariners, he scored from second base on a sacrifice fly.

Hamilton led off the inning, reaching second base thanks to a fielding error by left fielder Domingo Santana. After Whit Merrifield grounded out, failing to advance Hamilton, Adalberto Mondesi lifted a fly ball to deep center field. Mallex Smith tracked the ball to the warning track and stumbled at the last moment, dropping to a knee as he caught the ball. Smith was slow to get up and Hamilton never stopped running. Third base coach Mike Jirschele waved Hamilton home and it turned out to be the right call as Hamilton slid head-first into home plate just ahead of the relay throw to score the game-tying run, knotting the game up at 2-2.

As expected, Hamilton hasn’t done much with the bat. He entered Tuesday’s action batting .281/.303/.281 in 33 plate appearances. When he does get on base, though, he’s electric.

Indians designate Carlos Gonzalez for assignment

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The Indians have designated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. This comes after Gonzalez batted a mere .210/.282/.276 over 117 plate appearances in Cleveland. That came after he had to settle for a minor league contract with the Indians in mid-March.

A few years ago Gonzalez was a superstar, winning three Gold Gloves, two Silver Slugger Awards, making the All-Star team three times and coming in third in the MVP balloting once upon a time. That was then, however. His most recent good season came in 2016, when he hit .298/.350/.505 with 25 homers and drove in 100. In 2017 and 2018 he combined to hit .232/.269/.334. Between his falloff in production and the fact that his big numbers of the past were heavily supported by playing at Coors Field, it should not be shocking that he couldn’t make it work in Cleveland.

If he wants to continue his career, he’ll no doubt have to take a minor league gig someplace. Otherwise, this could be the end of the line.