Rangers tell fan 'Yankees Suck' shirt is 'profane'

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According to the Dallas Morning News,
earlier this week a female Rangers fan wearing a “Yankees Suck” t-shirt
was asked to either turn it inside out or leave the ballpark … in
Texas.

But wait, it gets better. Kristen Knapp-Webb was at the
Rangers-Yankees game celebrating her 19th wedding anniversary and her
husband Walter had given her the shirt as an anniversary present. All
of which puts her in contention for “Wife of the Year” honors.

Anyway, security approached the happy couple before the game and
informed them that they considered her shirt “profane.” I’m assuming
that they meant the “suck” part and not the “Yankees” part, but you
never know. Here’s what Rangers spokesperson John Blake said afterward:

That particular phrase is one we’ve received a lot of complaints
about. That kind of thing is offensive to a lot of people, especially
if you have young children and that kind of thing. And I think that’s
why we have that policy.

As someone who has this t-shirt in his closet–here’s proof,
if you don’t believe me–I’m perhaps somewhat biased on this topic, but
the notion of protecting “young children” from seeing the word “suck”
on a piece of clothing seems fairly ridiculous. After all, the Morning News has no problem putting “Yankees Suck” in the story’s headline, and presumably more children read the newspaper than a woman’s t-shirt.

Plus, raising children to hate the Yankees is part of what makes America great.

Tigers release Francisco Rodriguez

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Tigers’ right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released on Friday, per a team announcement. The club recalled fellow right-hander Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move.

The former closer got the boot after losing his closing role in early May, giving left-hander Justin Wilson a chance to impress at the back end of the bullpen. It’s been a rough year for Rodriguez, who manufactured six blown saves and a 7.82 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 over 25 1/3 innings for the Tigers. The final straw, it seemed, came with Robinson Cano‘s grand slam in the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 6-9 loss to the Mariners on Thursday.

While the demotion to a clean-up role and an apparent lack of communication caused Rodriguez considerable frustration, he’s two years removed from his last dominant performance as a major league closer and has shown few signs of returning to form. His recent slump doesn’t diminish the impressive totals he’s racked up over his 16-year career — 437 saves and six All-Star nominations among them — but if he can’t break out of it soon, he may not receive the kind of high leverage role he’s seeking with another big league team, either.

The Red Sox sign Jhonny Peralta

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The Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor-league deal. He’ll report to Pawtucket.

Peralta, 35, hit a paltry .204/.259/.204 in 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals this year. But with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list — and ineffective when he hasn’t been — the Sox could use some infield depth.

This is the second former Tiger that former Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has picked up today, after signing Doug Fister. No word if he’s kicking the tires on Andy Dirks or Brennan Boesch.