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This is what Delino DeShields Jr. looks like after taking a 90 mph pitch to the face

delino-deshields-jrFor some of you baseball fans out there, the name Delino DeShields may ring a bell. He spent 13 seasons in the majors with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Cubs.

His son, Delino DeShields Jr., is now working his way up through the minors in attempt to make it to the big leagues himself. He was selected 8th overall in the 2010 Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros and now plays for the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League.

During Friday’s game, DeShields was unable to get out of the way and took a 90 mph pitch to the side of the face. Fortunately, he was able to walk off under his own power. The aftermath, however, is a non displaced maxillary sinus fracture and an extremely swollen face.

Yikes.

After an incident like that, it would be hard to blame a player for not wanting to step in a batter’s box again. Hopefully, DeShields has a full and speedy recovery.

Martin Maldonado literally knocked the cover off a baseball (Video)

During Friday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates, Martin Maldonado did something he will be able to tell people about for the rest of his life.

martin-maldonado-knocks-cover-off-baseballIn the top of the sixth inning, the 27-year-old catcher hit a ground ball to Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, which in itself doesn’t seem particularly noteworthy. The condition of the bouncing ball, however, is the story because Maldonado knocked its cover off. Seriously.

I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen that before.

The best part might be watching Alvarez throw the ball across the diamond with the cover flopping around. All that’s missing from Maldonado’s reaction at first base is a shrug as if to say, “Welp.”

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Ike Davis traded to Pirates for Zack Thornton and PTBNL

Ike Davis MetsThe New York Mets finally made a move with Ike Davis and traded their first baseman to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Pittsburgh Tribune writer Rob Biertempfel says the Pirates dealt relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to New York in return for Davis.

Davis was in a position crunch at first with the Mets and sharing time with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. A former first-round pick by the organization out of Arizona State, Davis had an excellent rookie campaign in 2010. He 33 doubles and 19 home runs that season. He hit 32 home runs in 2012, but his average was a meager .227.

Davis was sent down to the minor leagues last season amid some struggles, and he had been shaky this season despite hitting a walk-off grand slam two weeks ago. This should allow him to receive some regular playing time, and it will also open things up for Duda with the Mets.

Thoronton is a reliever who turns 26 next month. The Ventura College and Oregon transfer has a 3.04 ERA and 285 strikeouts in 252 career minor league innings. He was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis this season.

Mike Pelfrey did something funky with his lips (GIF)

Mike Pelfrey lipsMike Pelfrey has some weird habits on the mound. The guys licks himself incessantly and was counted licking himself 89 times during a 2011 start. And when he’s not licking himself or the ball or his hand or whatever, he’s making funny motions with his lips.

Is that how he settles himself down? It didn’t work too well during his Thursday start against the Blue Jays — he gave up 5 runs, 4 hits and 5 walks in 4.1 innings — but it sure looks awesome when played on a loop!

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Mike Tyson throws out weak first pitch at Pirates game (Video)

Mike Tyson PiratesIt’s safe to say that Mike Tyson packs a lot more punch on his legendary uppercut than his baseball throws.

Iron Mike was in Pittsburgh Thursday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Pirates-Brewers game. Tyson is in Pittsburgh because his promotion company, Iron Mike Promotions, is making its Showtime network debut with an April 18 Pittsburgh-area card.

He met some of the Pirates players before the game, and then he sprinted out onto the mound to throw out the first pitch, which was somewhat of a dud.

Maybe he didn’t want to hurt anyone with his throw, but we know he could have done much better than that!

Here he is meeting with some of the Buccos:

Yasiel Puig drops fly ball, then guns out runner (GIF)

Yasiel Puig catchThe extremes you experience when dealing with Yasiel Puig are pretty incredible.

During the bottom of the second inning between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday, Brandon Hicks hit a fly ball to right with one out and a man on first. Puig was there to field it and tried to do a casual catch, but he dropped the ball. Luckily he picked it up and recovered in time to throw Brandon Belt out at second for the second out.

And just to make things even more fun, Puig made a pretty spectacular catch for the third out of the inning:

Yasiel Puig: he can make the ordinary look difficult, and the difficult look ordinary.

Also see: Yasiel Puig flies out to right, pimps it like a home run (GIF)

Xander Bogaerts accidentally tweeted picture of girl in a thong

Xander-Bogaerts-Red-SoxBoston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been billed as the next big thing in baseball. The 21-year-old Aruba native hit .269 in 12 postseason games last year, helping the Red Sox en route to a World Series championship. He’s a phenomenal fielder and a great hitter, but he needs to improve at Twitter.

After Boston beat the Chicago White Sox in extra innings on Wednesday night, Bogaerts sent out an interesting tweet.

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