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July 11, 2014

What You Need to Know

Alcantara Can Stay

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
With a .227 career True Average, Darwin Barney is no Wally Pipp. And Arismendy Alcantara—despite being billed as a “future first-division player” on the BP Top 50—probably won’t enjoy the legendary career of Lou Gehrig. But after seeing Alcantara’s four-hit afternoon, Barney ought to be a bit concerned that a few days on paternity leave might cost him his job.

The 22-year-old Alcantara’s career began ominously: He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Wednesday and went down swinging in the first inning of Thursday’s series finale, in which he batted second and played second for manager Rick Renteria. From that point on, though, Alcantara was unstoppable.

Up with runners at second and third and one away in the top of the third, Alcantara got the Cubs on the board with a sacrifice fly to cut the Reds’ lead to 3-1. In the fifth inning, with Cincinnati leading 4-1, Alcantara doubled home a pair to turn the finale into a one-run game. In the top of the eighth, he picked up an infield single and scored the equalizer on a base hit by Starlin Castro.

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anome8

Stephen Vogt for MVP!

Jul 11, 2014 07:16 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
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Well, after he just took Felix yard on an 0-2 pitch... you might be on to something.

Jul 11, 2014 19:15 PM
 
TGT969

Wow. A rotation partially made of Pirate retreads. Never thought I'd see the day.

Jul 11, 2014 10:42 AM
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Dodger300

Why does BP insist on placing the caption directly on the video, which causes 25% of the picture to be lost?

Please consider placing the captions above or below the video. It seems like such a small thing to do and would greatly enhance the content we are trying to view.

Jul 11, 2014 11:32 AM
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R.A.Wagman

Maximize the video player when watching - it generally makes the captions go away.

Jul 11, 2014 11:44 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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It's not a choice by BP. That's how MLBAM's embedded videos display.

Jul 11, 2014 12:03 PM
 
BurrRutledge

Once an editor-in-chief, always an editor-in-chief.

Jul 11, 2014 14:53 PM
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Dodger300

Thanks, that works!

I hate to be a complainer, but if I hadn't done so I might have never learned the solution from you.

Jul 12, 2014 00:38 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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I need to work on letting go.

Jul 11, 2014 15:00 PM
 
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