Who wants some?

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As mentioned a few weeks ago, I participate in a fantasy contest over at ESPN, named Baseball Challenge.
The game gets broken up into first- and second-half segments, so if you
want to join in the fun, I’ve created a public group called “Circling
the Bases.” You can join the group anytime, but if you aren’t signed up
for the game, you’ll want to do so tonight or risk quickly falling
behind. It’s a daily-change game*, so unless you have 15 minutes or so
to burn every night, don’t bother.

(There is a weekly version of the game. For sissies. Yeah, I said it.)

Of course, you’ll have your work cut out for you if you want to beat
the first-half champion and only two-time winner of the contest. But
second-place bragging rights will be up for grabs, at least.

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.