New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals because of a concussion and a sprained neck. Ellsbury banged his head into the center-field wall while catching Alcides Escobar’s fly ball on Luis Severino’s opening pitch. He stayed in for the rest of the inning before being removed. Etc. Outfielder Michael Bourn was released from a minor league contract by the Baltimore Orioles. He batted .220 in 11 games with triple-A Norfolk. ... Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the Cleveland Indians’ lineup and is being evaluated for a possible head injury. Chisenhall was tagged out sliding headfirst at the plate Sunday against Houston.
May 21, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard (right) smiles as he shakes hands with third base coach Glenn Hoffman (30) after pitching a complete game for a 5-1 win over the against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports Teams are getting more and more creative with their ticketing plans in order to draw fans. The San Diego Padres are the latest team to jump into the fray with the creation of the $99 “Five Win Pass”. With this ticketing plan, fans will pay $99 and receive tickets to the first five Padres home games of June. Every time the team loses, fans with the pass will have an extra June game tacked on to the end of their
In March 1976, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and manager Billy Martin instituted a rule forbidding players from having beards, mustaches or long hair. When outfielder Lou “Sweet Lou” Piniella arrived with hair almost to his shoulders, he was told he wouldn’t be given a uniform until it was cut. As he shares in his new memoir, “Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball,” written with sportswriter Bill Madden, Piniella protested the rule to Boss George. “I don’t understand, Mr. Steinbrenner, what long hair has to do with your ability to play baseball,” Piniella said. “I’m a Christian. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had hair down to the middle