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?

Yasiel Puig’s one-game suspension has been rescinded

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.

Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”

Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.

Video: Adrian Beltre hits his 450th career home run

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.

The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.

On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.