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Service clock manipulation wins again."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Farmers onlyFeaturesPlayoffsHistory/Hall of FameLatest NewsNick Senzel reassigned to Reds minor league camp J.A. Happ Jersey , won’t make Opening Day rosterNew,59commentsService clock manipulation wins again.EDTShareTweetShareShareNick Senzel reassigned to Reds minor league camp, won’t make Opening Day rosterJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsNick Senzel entered camp with the Cincinnati Reds in Goodyear, AZ with a point to prove, namely that he was the best person for their CF job in the wake of Billy Hamilton being non-tendered. The consensus top prospect in the Reds system - and consensus Top 10 overall prospect in the game - Senzel had rocketed through the minor leagues with a bat that was clearly MLB ready, his big league debut in 2018 only derailed due to a finger issue that required surgery and prematurely ended his season.Senzel hit .308 in Cactus League play this spring with 6 doubles, stole 4 bags without being caught, and pretty clearly showed the athleticism needed to play a competent, if not better, CF. But thanks to the way that MLB teams can manipulate service time, he was officially reassigned to minor league camp today, ensuring that he’ll start the 2019 season in the minor leagues. The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans had the news.On top of that, the Reds themselves announced that Senzel was just one of many notable names reassigned, including the red-hot Phil Ervin - one of the few players actually on the 40-man roster that can play some CF, too.It’s a big, fat disappointment, truly, one that will be exacerbated some three weeks after Opening Day when Senzel is recalled. Yes Kendrys Morales Jersey , that will make sure the Reds have team control over Senzel through 2025 instead of just through 2024, but as the Chicago White Sox showed earlier this week - and as numerous other teams for years and years throughout MLB history have shown - if you want to keep your best players around, you can just sign them to contract extensions. Jay Bruce, Eugenio Suarez, Tucker Barnhart, you name it, the Reds themselves have done just that to make sure their best players are around as long as wanted.Y’know what makes a player less inclined to want to sign a contract extension? Being jostled with to exploit loopholes that suppress earning capabilities, something the Chicago Cubs have learned first-hand with the way they mismanaged the early portion of Kris Bryant’s career.Of course, there’s going to be talk that Senzel, who has never played CF as a professional outside of spring training, simply wasn’t ready yet, and that he needed to ‘marinate’ in AAA a bit before being called up. So, we’ll see Scott Schebler - who while red-hot at the plate this spring has consistently rated as a sub-par OF defender in all positions, let alone in CF - likely get the regular reps there to start the season. That’s not to say that Schebler doesn’t deserve to play - he does - just that the same deficiencies in his game will be glossed over while the one’s in Senzel’s will get used as the reason behind why he’s been demoted, and that’s just a double standard that sticks in my crawl.(Not to mention that they’ll cite OF defense as a reason to keep Senzel down while still opting to roll out human statues in Matt Kemp and Jesse Winker as everyday OFs, but I digress...)Anyway, while this move was predictable as can be, it sure serves as a big wet blanket on what had otherwise been a brilliantly exciting offseason Jesse Barfield Jersey , and it comes less than a week from Opening Day. I sure hope that extra cash savedmakes the front office and ownership feel better about it. TORONTO (AP) — In one productive inning, Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez snapped the longest homer drought of his career and boosted his season RBI total by 50 percent.Perez hit his first home run since April 10 and drove in a career-high four, Michael Brantley had a two-run shot and the Indians outslugged the Toronto Blue Jays 9-8 on Saturday, helping Cleveland inch closer to clinching a playoff berth.The Indians dropped their magic number to five for a third straight AL Central title.All of Perez’s RBIs came in Cleveland’s seven-run fifth inning. He began the outburst with a leadoff drive off right-hander Sean Reid-Foley, snapping a 50-game drought. Three batters later, Brantley connected, his 15th. Blue Jays pitchers issued five walks in the inning, including four straight at one stretch, the last of which was a bases-loaded walk to Jason Kipnis. Perez followed with a three-run double.“It feels good,” Perez said. “I’ve been working hard every day, coming in and doing my routine, and it’s paying off. It was just a matter of time. It’s been a long season. Hopefully I turn it on from now on.”Perez raised his average from .148 to .157 and increased his RBI total from eight to 12.“He put together one heck of a day,” Indians right-hander Adam Plutko said. “Even behind the dish, he stopped a few balls late in the game. He did a great job today.”Brantley returned to the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left foot and went 2 for 4 with two walks.“We knew he was OK but it’s always nice to have him,” manager Terry Francona said.Josh Tomlin (1-5) got two outs for the win and Cody Allen, Cleveland’s seventh pitcher of the game, pitched around a one-out double in the ninth to earn his 26th save.Randal Grichuk homered twice for the Blue Jays, his fourth career multihomer game , and Rowdy Tellez hit his first career homer. The Blue Jays lost despite outhitting the Indians 18-11.“A little bit of a crazy game,” Francona said.Reid-Foley (1-3) made his fourth career start and allowed six runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked a season-high five and struck out three.“If I have to trip on a couple of curbs and learn from it, I still have to keep my head up and have fun,” Reid-Foley said.Justin Shafer relieved and threw 10 consecutive balls. Perez’s bases-clearing double came on Shafer’s 12th pitch.Grichuk connected off Adam Plutko in the third, and he and Tellez chased Plutko by going back-to-back in the fifth. Grichuk’s homers were his 20th and 21st.The home run was Tellez’s seventh extra-base hit, the most by any player over his first four games since 1913.“It’s one of those surreal moments that you just dream about,” Tellez said. “It was pretty cool to do it here in front of the home fans.”Plutko matched his career worst by allowing five runs and gave up a career-high nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.Aledmys Diaz had four hits for Toronto, including three doubles.18 ISN’T ENOUGHThe Blue Jays lost a game in which they had 18 or more hits for the first time since a 10-inning road defeat to the Yankees on Sept. 22, 2007. The Indians won when allowing 18 or more hits for the first time since Aug. 23, 2006.SEVEN UPCleveland has had six seven-run innings this season, including three against Toronto.CRAZY EIGHTTellez is the first Blue Jays player with eight hits in his first four games. Danny Ainge, Aaron Hill, Lloyd Moseby and Travis Snider each had seven.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Josh Donaldson (left calf) made his second straight start at third base for Double-A Akron and went 1 for 3 in five innings. Donaldson will work out with the Indians in Tampa Bay on Monday and could be activated off the disabled list Tuesday.UP NEXTIndians RHP Mike Clevinger (10-7, 3.17) faces Blue Jays LHP Thomas Pannone (1-1, 4.58) in Sunday’s series finale. Clevinger has won four straight decisions and is unbeaten since July 28 at Detroit. Pannone, a former Indians minor leaguer, will make his third major league start in place of injured RHP Marcus Stroman (blister).

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