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Morning Mound Visit: Sonny Gray heads to IL

Gray groin strain; Pete Alonso has a theory; Why fixing baseball is so hard

Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Wick Terrell | Red Reporter: Sonny Gray was placed on the 10-day IL with a right groin strain. Gray left his outing Tuesday night in the fourth inning. Art Warren was recalled from Triple-A Louisville to take his place on the roster.

Joon Lee | ESPN: Pete Alonso doesn’t care if pitchers are using foreign substances. He’s more concerned with MLB’s tinkering with the baseball. According to him, the league manipulates the ball depending on the composition of the impending free agent market. If it’s pitcher heavy, the balls will be juiced. If it’s hitter heavy, the balls will be deadened. It’s a magnificent conspiracy theory, really. I want to believe.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: Last week, Russell Carleton surveyed baseball fans on how they felt about certain changes to baseball. Looking at the results illuminates why “fixing” baseball is so hard.

Quick Hits

Kenley Jansen caught a line drive comebacker to secure a 2-1 win for the Dodgers.

The Giants intentionally walked Isiah Kiner-Falefa and then Jake McGee grooved three straight fastballs to Brock Holt who walked it off.

Luke Williams hit his first major league home run, a walkoff to lift the Phillies over the Braves 2-1.