UPDATE: John Shea of the Chronicle says the deal is now done, so Bengie won’t have to pretend to still be a Giant today in Colorado.
3:30 P.M.: This news from Andrew Baggarly is fun:
This Bengie Molina
deal still not officially done. Molina probably will report to Coors
Field in a couple hours as a Giant — for no
It’s probably a holdup over how the money is going back to Texas or something. Or maybe the bankruptcy judge decided that rather than trade Chris Ray he should auctioned or something. Certain future Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg assures me, however, that the deal is as good as done and should be wrapped up no later than the end of April.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded.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.
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.