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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Mariners demote Taijuan Walker to minors

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Taijuan Walker’s rough season continues.

The Seattle Mariners announced on Monday that they have demoted the struggling Walker to Triple-A Tacoma in order to make room on the roster for fellow righty Arquimedes Caminero.

Walker, 23, had just made his first start on Saturday after missing over a month with tendinitis in his right foot but was shelled for six earned runs in four innings by the Angels.

Even when healthy, Walker has been relatively disappointing this season with a 4-7 record and a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto made it clear that the team sees Walker as a long-term building block. But Walker’s recent issues with control and with finishing off batters have put a damper on his otherwise impressive stuff, and the Mariners apparently think he could benefit from some time in the minors to work out his issues.

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Curt Schilling has plans to run for office, president

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Curt Schilling was fired from his job at ESPN for essentially being too outspoken about his political views. Though he lost a good job and paycheck with that decision, there may be something good to come out of it all.

Schilling wrote in some comments on Facebook Sunday that he has plans to run for office and eventually the presidency.

It all started with a post Schilling shared to his Facebook page that elicited a huge reaction from his followers. After one commenter suggested Schilling run for office, the former pitcher said he plans to run soon.

Talking a big game and saying you’re going to run for office is one thing, but actually doing it is quite another. We’ll see if Schilling actually delivers on what he’s saying on Facebook. And for his sake, hopefully this venture goes better than his last one.

Bruce Bochy hospitalized due to illness

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy was admitted to a Miami-area hospital on Monday morning.

The team said that Bochy will be kept overnight for observation and is expected to return to the dugout on Tuesday, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. No reason was given for Bochy’s hospitalization, except that he was “feeling ill.”

The 61-year-old Bochy underwent an angioplasty in February 2015, but it’s unclear if this issue is at all related.

Bench coach Ron Wotus will reportedly manage the team on Monday night against the Marlins. Bochy is in his tenth season as Giants manager and has led them to three World Series titles over that span. The Giants are currently 63-48 on the year and hold a one-game advantage over the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West division lead.

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H/T Rotoworld

Hunter Pence shares black eye photo after fouling ball off face

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It is safe to say Hunter Pence is a gamer. If you need further evidence of that, his response to taking a foul ball off the face should convince you.

In Saturday’s game against the Washington Nationals, the Giants outfielder fouled off a pitch that bounced up and hit him just below the right eye. In fact, he got drilled so hard, you could immediately see the seams of the baseball imprinted on his face.

Pence even managed to stay in the game after taking the shot.

On Monday, Pence gave us another look at the eye two days after the impact, and it’s not pretty.

Pence has never been one to let a little injury get him down. He’s not going to be bothered by a black eye.

Report: Brian McCann clears waivers, eligible to be dealt this month

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The Great Yankee Purge of 2016 could be close to claiming another victim.

According to a report by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball on Sunday, catcher Brian McCann has cleared waivers and is now eligible to be dealt before the waiver trade deadline at the end of August.

“Out with the old, in with the new” appears to be the motto of the Yankees these days with the impending retirements of Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez and a non-waiver trade deadline firesale that saw them move veterans like Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran in favor of restocking their farm system. McCann could be next on the chopping block.

The 32-year-old has a .233/.330/.417 slash line this season with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs. Heyman also notes that the Atlanta Braves, McCann’s former team, could have interest in a reunion. But McCann has a full no-trade clause and is still owed $34 million over the next two seasons, both of which could impede any potential deal.

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Ichiro Suzuki triples for MLB hit No. 3,000 (Video)

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Ichiro Suzuki reached a milestone on Sunday by collecting hit No. 3,000 of his illustrious Major League Baseball career.

After striking out in his first at-bat and grounding out in each of his next two plate appearances, Ichiro came up with one out in the seventh inning. He drove the third pitch he saw to right field, over the head of a leaping Gerardo Parra, and off the wall for his second triple of the season. The Marlins dugout emptied as teammates came out to congraulate the future Hall of Famer and Ichiro acknowledged the applauding crowd.

Ichiro became the 30th member of the 3,000-hit club and the first to reach the mark since Alex Rodriguez did it last June.

Since coming over from Japan, Ichiro has won the American League batting title twice and led the AL in hits seven times, including five consecutive seasons. He also set the MLB single-season record with 262 hits in 2004. As impressive as what Ichiro has been able to accomplish is, it’s perhaps even more so when you consider he was 27-years-old when he made his major league debut.

Padres pitcher forced to wear generic jersey after getting pine tar on regular one

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San Diego Padres pitcher Paul Clemens may now be known as “Player 91” forever.

Clemens, the starting pitcher for the Padres on Saturday, was forced to change out of his original uniform when he got pine tar all over it while batting.

“Before he went to hit he put more pine tar on his bat than more guys use in a year, and he managed to get that on his uniform,” Padres manager Andy Green said, via Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It was under his arm, across his chest, across his shoulder. Which basically is a foreign substance on his uniform.”

Clemens was forced to change by umpire Paul Emmel, and apparently the only available replacement was a generic “Player” jersey with the number 91 on it.

We’ve seen players wear the wrong uniforms before, but nothing quite like this. Better to be known for something than for nothing at all, I guess?

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