The Yankees do their fans a solid

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As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, the Yankees were nice enough to let the people who waited out the five and a half hour rain delay
move down to the good seats once the game got going. Sure, that seems
like an obvious move and one that wouldn’t bat an eye if it happened in
any other park, but the Yankees don’t have much of a customer-friendly
track record these days, so kudos are in order. They get more kudos for this:

All fans with tickets for Thursday’s game can redeem the used or
unused ticket for a free bleachers, grandstand or terrace seat at a
non-premium game in 2009 or 2010. Fans also have the option of using
their ticket as a coupon to purchase a half-price ticket in any other
non-suite seating location for a non-premium game in 2009 or 2010.

Rain checks are common when the game doesn’t go, but most of time
you’re s.o.l. if you simply don’t want to wait around for the game.
This was a rather extraordinary delay, however, and good for the
Yankees for acknowledging it.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

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The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.

Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.

Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.

The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.