Cameron Maybin discusses his Panda Express tweets

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I missed this yesterday, but apparently someone asked Cameron Maybin about that whole mess withe the Panda Express tweets:

“I’m on Twitter probation,” Maybin said through a big smile Thursday morning at the Padres complex. “I’m hoping we can sweep that one under the rug. I would like to say I love Panda Express. I have been going there since I was in high school. It’s the best cuisine around.”

He went to talk about how remarkable it was how quickly the fun little controversy spread.*  As someone who tweets a lot, I think about that stuff more and more.  Really, anyone who has any amount of readership on there is an exclamation away from infamy.  I think that’s simultaneously thrilling and scary.  Part of the deal, really. The immediacy is a two-way street.

*I don’t like the word “controversy” here because it implies some sort of legitimate question as to the propriety of the act when, in this case, it’s really not anything any reasonable person would really get mad about. It was funny.  At the same time, it was something that causes a stir, neutrally speaking, so it’s not sufficient to say “it was nothing.”

What we really need here is a single word that captures the following concept: “an incident that is harmless and fun and only superficially and comically troublesome yet that one that is still worthy of note for people who traffic in such silliness on a regular basis.”  I’m blanking.  Maybe we just need to make up one.  I’ll accept all suggestions in the comments.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.