But Hector Santiago told the Sun-Times that it won’t be a problem. “[Chris] Sale is a slider guy, I’m a changeup guy, [Jose] Quintana is a cutter guy and Danks, I’ve heard ... he’s locating his fastball. It’s a different day every day.”
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Denard Span reminded the Tigers last week why they were glad Minnesota traded him, collecting a single, double and triple in a two-game series in Washington against Detroit. “I have always hated facing him,” catcher Alex Avila said of Span, who owns a .344 lifetime average against the Tigers.
It was a bad week for umpires, and a historic one, too. A day after Angel Hernandez incorrectly ruled Adam Rosales’ home run a double even after looking at a video replay, leading to an Indians victory over the Athletics when the score should have been tied, the four-man crew headed by Fieldin Culbreth in the Astros-Angels series didn’t correctly apply the rule that says a pitcher must face at least one batter. Culbreth was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is careful not to judge too harshly. “I was fortunate or unfortunate enough to referee college basketball,” he said. “I know how hard those jobs are.”
The surprising part, Showalter said, was that Culbreth was involved. “I know Fieldin. He cares,” Showalter said. “He’s a good umpire. When Fieldin walks out on the field, you feel good because he’s a fair guy.”
Not defending Hernandez
As for Hernandez, who earned lots of negativeattention during the World Baseball Classic for terrible ball-strike calls, there was suspicion that he wasn’t going to give the benefit of the doubt to the A’s, who had complained mightily about his strike zone two nights earlier. Outfielder Josh Reddick even went on the record with his criticism, unusual in a baseball clubhouse, after being called out on strikes by Hernandez with the bases loaded and two out.
“It wasn’t a strike,” Reddick told reporters. Hernandez’s strike zone “was bad for both sides, but it was bad for us at the worst times.”