Robinson Cano says Royals fans went “over the line” by yelling at his family members

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Robinson Cano had no problem with fans in Kansas City booing him for leaving Royals designated hitter Billy Butler out of the Home Run Derby, but when the harassment at Kauffman Stadium extended to his family members that was another story.

Cano said he felt fans “went over the line” by yelling things at his mother and father as they left their seats to use the bathroom, explaining:

This is a game. We’re All-Stars. And if I get booed, I don’t really care. But when they start with your family, that’s over the line. Thank God they didn’t do anything more. You don’t want people to take it too far and do something to your family. It’s just a game. You want to have fun with it and go home with some good memories.

I personally can’t imagine caring enough about the Home Run Derby to even be upset with Cano about Butler’s exclusion, but regardless of that the notion that going after a guy’s family is something that crosses someone’s mind is pretty scary.

The Twins didn’t listen to CC Sabathia’s wishes concerning bunting

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Earlier this month, Yankees starter CC Sabathia jawed at the Red Sox after Eduardo Nunez laid down a bunt. Sabathia fielded it fine, but threw the ball away for an error. After the game, he called Nunez’s bunt “weak” and said the Red Sox should “swing the bat.” Sabathia, of course, is not that limber these days. Along with being 37 years old, the lefty has also battled knee and hamstring issues this season.

The Twins apparently didn’t hear what Sabathia had to say about bunting. After Brian Dozier singled off of Sabathia to lead off the top of the first inning on Tuesday, Joe Mauer laid down a bunt on the third base side and reached safely. Jorge Polanco then laid down a bunt of his own, also on the third base side, and was initially ruled out, but after replay review was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs.

Fortunately for Sabathia, he was able to limit the damage, getting Eduardo Escobar to ground into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play and inducing an inning-ending ground out from Byron Buxton. It’ll be interesting, though, to see if the Twins continue to bunt against Sabathia throughout the night.

Jake Arrieta to return to Cubs’ rotation on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.

Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.

Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.