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Dodgers sign Tyler Thornburg

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This is not exactly an Earth-shattering move, but the Dodgers have signed reliever Tyler Thornburg. It’s a minor league deal.

Thornburg was released by the Red Sox on July 10 after a couple of years of injuries and ineffectiveness, capped off with  dreaded thoracic outlet syndrome and subsequent surgery. This year he pitched in 16 games and posted a 7.71 ERA in 18.2 innings of work. He struck out a lot of guys but he was crazy hittable and walked dudes like it was his job. Note: that is decidedly NOT his job.

Not exactly an inspiring move for a Dodgers team that could really use a bullpen arm but, if it’s any consolation, he’s basically free as the Sox are on the hook for the remainder of his $1.75 million 2019 salary. The Dodgers have a little over a day in which to make a more substantial bullpen upgrade.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.