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Brad Ausmus wants Jake Marisnick suspended for hit on Jonathan Lucroy

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Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick lowered his shoulder and ran into Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a play at the plate in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon in Houston. The Astros had the bases loaded with one out in a 10-10 game when George Springer hit a fly ball to right field. Kole Calhoun caught the ball, then made the throw home, drawing Lucroy into the third base line.

Marisnick was initially credited with scoring the go-ahead run, but replay review caused the ruling to be overturned so the score remained tied at 10-10. The Astros would go on to win 11-10 in 10 innings.

Lucroy was quite shaken up after the collision. A concerned Marisnick hung around home plate while trainers tended to the Angels’ backstop. Lucroy was carted off the field. The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya reports that Lucroy was taken to a nearby hospital for a CT scan and will be evaluated for both a concussion and a broken nose.

Angels manager Brad Ausmus, a former catcher himself, said he hopes the league takes a look at the collision and considers potentially suspending Marisnick, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Ausmus is right — Marisnick could’ve gone towards the back of the plate rather than going into Lucroy, who clearly gave Marisnick a clear lane. The collision was completely unnecessary and quite dangerous. Fingers crossed that Lucroy wasn’t hurt too bad, but it looked painful.

Update: Marisnick tweeted after the game, “Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20.”

Lawyer asks for a delay in a case due to the Nationals’ playoff run

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From personal experience, I can tell you that lawyers will ask for extensions of deadlines for any number of reasons. Sometimes they’re legitimately overworked and can’t get a brief ready for filing in time. Sometimes they are still trying to gather information and it’s just taking longer than expected. Sometimes they have a vacation coming up or something like that and don’t want to ruin it with work. Sometimes they just procrastinated.

No matter what the actual reason for an extension, though, rarely if ever do you they say they need it for purely personal reasons like that vacation or personal failings like procrastination. They tend to cite “the press of business” or the impossibility of meeting the deadline for reasons out side of their control. It’s always outside of their control.

Which makes the honesty of this lawyer’s request for the delay of a filing deadline so refreshing. He’s been watching the Nationals’ playoff run with his nine-year-old son, dang it, that keeps them both up late, and for that reason he wants some more time to get his work done:

Pro-tip: if you are going to ask for an extension because you’ve been up too late watching baseball, make sure you do what this guy did and (a) make sure opposing counsel, in this case the DOJ, will agree not to oppose your request; and (b) only ask for a modest extension like the two days this guy asked for.

Or maybe he didn’t ask for only two days because he was trying to be modest. Maybe he’s just properly assessed the lack of fight in the St. Louis Cardinals right now and is confident that the Nats will have this all wrapped up by Thursday morning.

Seems like a pretty safe bet at the moment.