The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield for batting practice

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Now that’s what I call a “foul –” [BAM!] [Lede writer hit over head with sledgehammer]

The Indians had a live chicken in the outfield during BP:

 

His name is Cody and was given to Cody Allen by Justin Masterson, who had a clubbie pick him up at a local far.

And, more importantly, the Indians won post-chicken. Which, because baseball players are the most superstitious people on the planet, means the chicken will be with the team for a while. And if they do and start losing: team dinner.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.