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TBLA Saturday morning links: May 11, 2019

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Happy Saturday, everyone!

Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Dodgers news...

The Dodgers defeated the Nationals on Friday night by a score of 5-0. Read the TBLA game recap here.

In the Dodgers’ victory, Joc Pederson hit two home runs. In the postgame interview with Alanna Rizzo, Pederson said he was using Max Muncy’s bat for both dingers.

Recently acquired Travis d’Arnaud was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays after they lost both of their normal catchers to injuries.

Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin on the fight between the Dodgers and ticket brokers.

“‘If a field-box holder who paid $100 is sitting next to someone who paid $25 because that’s what the market said, we worry about that dynamic,’ Tim Zue, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Boston Red Sox, told the Sloan conference.

By cutting out the brokers, teams can essentially establish a minimum price for tickets. A broker might sell a $20 ticket for $6 because the customer might later buy a Bruno Mars or Taylor Swift ticket from him at a nice profit. A team has no such incentive to slash its price.” —Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times

Around the league...

A young Mike Trout fan asked Trout for a home run and that’s exactly what he got. ESPN’s Jeff Passan writes a longer feature piece on the relationship between Trout and Gabin.

Reds pitcher Luis Castillo, who boasts a 1.76 ERA this season, has been traded four times in his career. With his victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday, he has now defeated all the teams who traded him.

“Cincinnati Reds ace Luis Castillo doesn’t hold a grudge, and insists he isn’t angry at anyone, but, oh, does he remember.

Here he is, one of the finest young starting pitchers in the National League with an uncanny 1.62 ERA since last September, but inexplicably has been traded four times in his career.

There won’t be a fifth.” —Bob Nightengale, USA Today

Three years ago from Saturday, Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters in a game. Today, Max Scherzer will be facing the Dodgers.

Dee Gordon was hit by a pitch on Friday. MLB.com’s Mariners reporter spoke with Gordon postgame.

‘I actually was more ticked off,’ Gordon said. ‘It was the second time he threw up by my head. You’ve got to get that ball down. If you can’t throw that pitch, don’t throw it. I’ve got a family. So you need to get the ball down. That was twice.’” —Greg Johns, MLB.com