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Friedrich was part of the four-man rotation in its early stages

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Gavvy Cravath, having to stay a few extra seasons in the minors because of draft rules: Deadball Era slugger Gavvy Cravath didn’t really get going in the majors until he was 31, smacking 118 home runs thereafter. Part of what held him back: After brief stints with three American League teams in 1908 and 1909, he was farmed out to the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association. Though he quickly became a star for Minneapolis, it took three seasons and, according to his SABR biography, a clerical error, for Cravath to get another shot in the majors.

Two of the Yankees’ runs were aided by errors, including the go-ahead run in the 18th. Contreras threw away a leadoff bunt single by Aaron Hicks, putting Hicks on second base. After a Ronald Torreyes sacrifice bunt, Starlin Castro hit a grounder to Russell’s left, but Russell’s off-balance throw from the edge of the infield grass was wide and Hicks scored easily from third to give New York the lead.

Paul Kruger Jersey Way back in the seventh inning, the Yankees took a 2-1 lead when Bryant threw away Castro’s grounder and center fielder Jon Jay played a long fly by Aaron Judge into an RBI triple. That was the 17th unearned run allowed by the Cubs in 31 games, fourth-most in the NL. Last year, they allowed 45 unearned runs total.

Friedrich was part of the four-man rotation in its early stages, though he pitched on three days’ rest only three times in seven starts. In fact, the four-man rotation wasn’t strictly followed; Rox pitchers started just 20 times on three days’ rest in 55 games to which it applied. Colorado went to a straight five-man rotation after Chacin returned from the disabled list on Aug. 21. Chacin never went on three days’ rest at all.

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