Is Bud Selig extorting the Royals?

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The other day Peter Gammons, as he often does, threw out a random and somewhat shocking comment when talking about the progress teams are making in signing their first round picks:

If you are the Royals, not only are your revenues light, but the
commissioner’s office has threatened to take away your 2012 All-Star
Game if you go ahead with the agreements you have in place with two
high picks.

That just kind of sat out there for a few days. Yesterday Sam Mellinger tried to debunk it,
noting that he’s heard nothing that would confirm such a threat, but
spent more time explaining why the Royals can get away with paying a
bit above slot for their picks without getting in trouble with the
commish.

I love him and you love him, but is anyone asking Gammons to
elaborate on his claim? Because if Selig really is threatening to pulll
the 2012 All-Star Game over signing bonuses, that’s pretty damn major.
If he’s not, then how on Earth is Gammons getting away with making such
an audacious claim?

Tyson Ross loses no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning

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UPDATE, 11:58 PM ET: Ross lost the no-hit bid with one out remaining in the eighth inning. Christian Walker worked a 2-0 count against the right-hander, the doubled to center field to break up the bid and score Deven Marrero. The Padres are tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth.

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Padres right-hander Tyson Ross has pitched 7 1/3 innings of no-hit ball against the Diamondbacks in Friday’s game. He’s expended 124 pitches so far, the only blemish on his pitching line a handful of walks to Jarrod Dyson, Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed in the first, seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Through just over seven innings, Ross whiffed 10 of 25 batters. He’s working with just one run of support: a mammoth 489-foot solo home run from Franchy Cordero in the third.

Should Ross complete the no-no, he’ll be the first pitcher to do so in the club’s 49-year history. The last major-league pitcher to record a no-hitter was Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez, who held the Diamondbacks hitless last June.

We’ll keep you updated as the game progresses.