The Texas Rangers third baseman was tossed from Wednesday’s 22-10 loss to the Miami Marlins, not for arguing balls and strikes, and certainly not for charging the pitcher’s mound. Instead, Beltre was ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis when he physically moved the on-deck circle, rather than following instructions to get back in the on-deck circle. The game was already decided at that point, yet Beltre appeared to be in a playful mood.
John Wisely of the Detroit Free Press reports that current free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez is being sued by his former landlord for damage to the rented property as well as missing artwork. The landlord is asking for $80,000 after having kept Rodriguez’s $15,000 security deposit. The lawsuit says that Rodriguez damaged a bedroom TV, a crystal floor lamp, glass shelves in the bar, glass tiles in the master bath, and a Moroccan mirror in the powder room. Rodriguez has not yet been served with the suit, but the landlord has been speaking to his managers.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who explored purchasing the Miami Marlins last year, says the sale price is too high and he's no longer interested. Owner Jeffrey Loria has been publicly shopping the Marlins since February but hasn't found a buyer. "I think he's holding out for dollars right now that are unrealistic, is what I would guess," Ross said Thursday. "They have their issues, certainly. But that's their problem. I've got to worry about mine." Three investment groups are now pursuing a purchase, and earlier this month baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said all have offered about the same amount of money. Loria is believed to be seeking about $1.2 billion after buying