Rays apologize for Avril Lavigne’s dirty mouth

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Avril Lavigne fan club president Kevin Kaduk passes along word that the Rays had to apologize to fans who attended her concert at Tropicana Field following Saturday’s game against the Indians because Lavigne used language “not consistent with the family-friendly atmosphere that Tropicana Field is known for.”

Now, personally I’d rather hear swear words than faux-punk rock from a pretty Canadian girl whose rebel persona seems to be built around wearing neckties with white undershirts, but Rays spokesperson Ray Vaughn explained that they “demand profanity-free performances from all of our concert performers.”

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times sets the scene:

Lavigne got off to a rough start when her microphone did not work during her first song. She responded to a chorus of boos with a profanity-laced explanation that things like that happen at a live performance, especially at a “baseball stadium.”

Actually, this might be the most punk-like thing Lavigne has ever done.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.