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Joey Gallo put on a show at batting practice before the Futures Game


If hitting 71 home runs since the start of the 2013 season didn’t put Rangers prospect Joey Gallo on the map, his batting practice session at Target Field in Minnesota prior to this evening’s Futures Game certainly did.

Gallo hit a ball clear out of Target Field and also broke a truck’s windshield. Baseball America’s JJ Cooper tweeted some pictures:

Gallo, 20, has progressed from Single-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Frisco. In 362 plate appearances at both levels, he has hit 31 home runs, knocked in 73 runs, and posted a .307/.434/.703 slash line.

Gallo struck out against Twins prospect Domingo German in his first at-bat in the second inning of the Futures Game. He struck out against Yankees prospect Luis Severino in the fourth.

Update (6:48 PM): Gallo crushed a Michael Feliz offering for a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put Team USA up 3-2. Absolutely crushed.

CC Sabathia checking into alcohol rehab

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This is totally unexpected and definitely unfortunate: The New York Yankees just released a statement from CC Sabathia saying that he is checking himself into alcohol rehabilitation center.

There will no doubt be additional details and reporting going forward, but this is all we have at the moment.

Sabathia, who was involved in a relatively minor incident outside a nightclub back in August, has battled injuries and ineffectiveness for the past three seasons but has, in his last few starts, shown himself to be effective, even if he’s not to the level he once was. And, should the Yankees advance past the Wild Card game, one would have assumed that the Yankees would’ve been counting on him for the playoff rotation.

Now, however, that seems both doubtful and completely superfluous. Here’s hoping Sabathia deals with whatever problems he’s facing and comes out healthy on the other end.

Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

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Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey following a season in which the staff ranked ninth among NL teams in runs allowed.

That actually represents a big improvement from last season, when the Diamondbacks allowed the second-most runs in the league in Harkey’s first year as pitching coach, but the Tony La Russa-led front office has decided to make a change.

Prior to joining the Diamondbacks two offseasons ago Harkey served as the Yankees’ bullpen coach from 2008-2013. He pitched eight seasons in the majors.