Tuesday was a weird day around Major League Baseball.
What’s more unlikely than a Nori Aoki grand slam in the Royals’ 12-2 win at Arizona?
How about two baseballs on the field at one time? Or maybe a guy with 457 career home runs taking the mound?
Both happened Tuesday.
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First, we go to Chicago where the White Sox trailed Texas 15-0 in the ninth inning. Chicago manager Robin Ventura decided to treat the fans who actually stuck around by allowing designated hitter Adam Dunn take the mound for the final inning.
Dunn allowed a run on two hits and a walk.
“He’s been begging for that for a while,” Ventura told reporters. “You’ve got to give the fans what they want.”
The fans in Cleveland, meanwhile, didn’t know what happened when Yan Gomes’ double scored a run and moved David Murphy to third base. Murphy then took a few steps toward home when he spotted a ball on the field.
It was a wild pitch from the Reds’ dugout, not the ball in play.
The Red won 9-2.
“(Third-base umpire) Gerry Davis, his explanation was right on,” Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters. “It wasn’t fun to hear. I thought I saw what I saw, but they can’t kill the play until the conclusion. I understand the rule. They said, ‘We understand your frustration. There’s nothing we can do,’ which I understand.”