In the fourth inning of today's Pirates-Cubs game, even the WGN announcers were incredulous that Starlin Castro was ruled safe on this play at the plate. It turned out to be the first questionable use of a new MLB rule meant to crack down on collisions at the plate.
Chris Denorfia's foul pop was hit just far enough into the Padres dugout for Tony Sanchez to lunge over the railing to grab it. But there was no stopping Sanchez from going heels up, power tumbling off a ledge, and landing on his ass on the concrete floor several feet below.
Pirates catcher Tony Sanchez, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 MLB draft, made his big-league debut yesterday as a DH against the Angels. His first plate appearance came with two outs in the second inning, and it was especially memorable. Neil Walker was on first and Joe Blanton was pitching. Sanchez drove a 2-1…