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Miles Mikolas tries to pull off infamous A-Rod slap

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Remember way back in the day when Alex Rodriguez was a bad guy? That was fun. One of the top items on his evil résumé back then was the time he tried to slap his way out of being tagged out at first base during the 2004 ALCS. In case you somehow missed that, here you go.  Dude was raked over the coals for that.

The stakes were nowhere near as high in yesterday’s Cubs-Cardinals game — and Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas was way, way more subtle about it all than A-Rod was — but he totally tried to slap second baseman David Bote‘s glove as he was covering first. You’ll get your best look at it at around the 45 second mark:

Javier Báez was charged with a throwing error on the play, but I can’t help but think that Bote had a better shot at scooping up the errant throw if he wasn’t interfered with. It’s also quite possible, though, that Mikolas beats the throw even if Bote comes up with it. Still: interference is interference and Mikolas should’ve been called out and Matt Weiters should’ve been send back to second base. Joe West totally missed it, of course.

It ended up not mattering, as Kyle Hendricks pitched out of the jam and the Cubs won, but it was still a violation of the rules.

 

Angels claim pitcher Jacob Rhame off waivers from Mets

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The Angels announced on Wednesday that the club claimed reliever Jacob Rhame off waivers from the Mets.

Rhame, 27, was limited to 6 1/3 innings in the majors and 20 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to an elbow issue. He underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery in mid-August.

Though Rhame has a career 6.23 ERA in the big leagues, he showed promise at Triple-A from 2016-18, averaging better than 10 strikeouts per nine innings in all three years. The Angels are taking a flier on the right-hander to see if he can translate that success to the majors.