Angels warned of riots in Oakland this weekend


Mark Saxson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Major League Baseball called the Los Angeles Angels last week to warn them that there could be riots in Oakland during this weekend’s series against the Athletics.

The reason: a verdict is due at any time in a high-profile trial of an Oakland transit officer who is accused of shooting an unarmed man on a train
platform. If the guy is acquitted there is some fear that violence could break out.

I know zero about that trial or the public sentiment in Oakland, but I always find that it takes me a minute or two to process stories in which baseball and ugly real life come together.  On some level I operate on the phony assumption that baseball takes place in some virtual space.  Most likely because I experience baseball through video screens 99% of the time.

The fact that I’m currently reading a book that takes place in some virtual reality-infused dystopia version of the Bay Area probably isn’t helping matters.

Johan Camargo will start season on disabled list

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Braves third baseman Johan Camargo will begin the regular season on the disabled list with a strained side and back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Camargo suffered the injury last week in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays and hasn’t played since.

With Camargo out, Rio Ruiz will likely play third base in his place, as well Charlie Culberson and Danny Santana. O’Brien notes that had Camargo not been injured, the Braves likely would’ve left Ruiz off the roster in favor of an extra outfielder or third catcher.

Camargo had a solid rookie season for the Braves in 2017, batting .299/.331/.452 across 82 games. Ruiz did not fare as well, batting .193/.283/.307 in 53 games.