La Russa v. Twitter

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I hadn’t seen this when it was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, but apparently Tony La Russa is not a fan of the guy who made a fake Twitter page about him and has filed a lawsuit. The filing prompted Twitter to immediately remove the fake page, but the suit remains pending.

I have no idea what the law is here, though I presume that it falls
closer to the land of cybersquatting than it does identity theft or
anything like that. Whoever put up the fake page, however, probably
didn’t realize that (a) Tony La Russa is a lawyer; and (b) Tony La
Russa doesn’t appear to have any sense of humor whatsoever.

In other words, the lawsuit probably shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise.

(thanks to Levi Stahl for the heads up)

Giants place Hunter Pence on 10-day disabled list with right thumb sprain

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The Giants placed outfielder Hunter Pence on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb sprain, per an official announcement on Friday. Pence initially sustained the injury during the club’s home opener on April 3, when he dove to intercept a line drive double from Robinson Cano and jammed his thumb. Weeks of playing through the pain hasn’t worked, so he’ll take a breather while the Giants give outfielder Mac Williamson a chance to start in left after getting called up from Triple-A Fresno.

Pence, 35, wouldn’t pin his recent struggles on his injury, but it’s clear that he’s having difficulty finding his footing this year. He slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 through 61 plate appearances in 2018, collecting just one extra-base hit and two walks during the Giants’ dismal 7-11 stretch. While it’s far too early in the season to make any final judgments, it doesn’t look like the veteran outfielder will be replicating the .275+ average, 4.0+ fWAR totals of years past (at least, not anytime soon).

Williamson, meanwhile, has gotten off to a hot start in Triple-A. Prior to his call-up this weekend, the 27-year-old batted an incredible .487/.600/1.026 with six home runs and a 1.626 OPS through his first 50 PA. A hot Triple-A bat doesn’t always survive the transition to the majors, but the Giants will use all the help they can get — especially as they take on the AL West-leading Angels this weekend.