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September 19, 2013

Painting the Black

The Things You See

by R.J. Anderson


The regular season is nearing its end, but the past few days have given us some interesting sequences in games with playoff implications. Let's go blow-by-blow, Will Woods style, and break a few down.

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Up first is a brouhaha in Saturday's Athletics-Rangers game. The bustle started when Josh Donaldson worked a full count against Yu Darvish in the first inning. After setting his feet like normal while the Rangers negotiated the payoff pitch, Donaldson shuffled toward the mound. The relocation was noticeable from the broadcast angle:

Catcher Geovany Soto, who had a better view behind the plate, alerted Darvish by impersonating Norman Bates using his pinky finger and right thigh. Soto wanted a pitch on the outside corner, presumably a fastball. Why a fastball? Two reasons: 1) Darvish threw a fastball—duh—and 2) it makes sense to challenge a hitter who moved north in the box with the hard stuff. Whatever the call, Darvish yanked a fastball down and away and walked Donaldson. During another encounter later in the game, Darvish yelled "fastball" at Donaldson before throwing a curveball; an act of gamesmanship that rankled Coco Crisp and continued an odd feud.

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