Inner-ear infection knocks Mark Ellis out of A’s lineup

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Mark Ellis is out of the A’s lineup for today’s game and may not travel with the team to Minnesota tonight because of an inner-ear problem, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Ellis experienced dizziness during yesterday’s game and may not be cleared to fly, leaving him in Toronto looking for other means of transportation. Slusser notes that manager Bob Geren was asking writers how long the drive was to Minneapolis, but Ellis said the idea of a day-long ride “doesn’t sound fun.”

Andy LaRoche is starting at second base in Ellis’ absence after starting at third base yesterday and shortstop Monday.

Red Sox Triple-A team to ban people named Tyler and Austin from stadium on May 5 and 6 as part of promotion

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The Pawtucket Red Sox, obviously the Triple-A affiliate of the Red Sox, have come up with an interesting promotion for the weekend of May 5 and 6, when they host the Yankees’ Triple-A team from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This, of course, references last week’s benches-clearing fracas between the Red Sox and Yankees that involved Joe Kelly and Tyler Austin. Kelly slid hard into second base, which upset Brock Holt. The benches emptied as the two jawed at each other, but no punches were thrown. Later in the game, Kelly threw at Austin and the benches emptied again. Punches were thrown this time and both players were given suspensions.

The major league Red Sox visit the Yankees May 8-10. As far as we’re aware, people named Joe or Kelly are allowed to attend.