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ESPN announces a Cubs and Cardinals-heavy Sunday night baseball lineup

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ESPN has announced a big chunk of its early season Sunday Night Baseball schedule. It’s a press release and promo thing — and no, I have no intention of including the corporate sponsor whose name has been applied to the name of the broadcast because they ain’t paying me to promote them — but it’s a reminder that the winter which officially begins today will end and spring will take its place.

You will not be shocked to hear that the Chicago Cubs, Cardinals and the New York teams appear a whole bunch of times. ESPN is in it to score ratings and dollars, so they’re going to, naturally, go with the teams that give them the best chance at good ratings. One person’s bias is another’s smart business sense. Sorry about that.

The sked:

Apr. 2:  Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Apr. 9:  Miami Marlins at New York Mets
Apr. 16:  St. Louis Cardinals at New York Yankees
Apr. 23:  Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Apr. 30:  Chicago Cubs at Boston Red Sox
May 7:  New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs
May 14:  Houston Astros at New York Yankees
May 21:  TBD
May 28:  New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates
June 4:  St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
June 18:  TBD
June 25:  TBD
July 2:  TBD
July 9:  Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians
July 16: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
July 23: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Forgot to even mention ESPN’s clear “TBD” bias. Shameful.

Yasmany Tomas arrested for reckless driving and criminal speeding

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KTAR News is reporting that Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas was arrested on Thursday morning for driving faster than 100 MPH, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He was charged with reckless driving and criminal speeding.

The maximum sentence for a criminal speeding charge is up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500. It is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor. Tomas may also have his license suspended.

A Diamondbacks spokesperson said, “We are very disappointed to learn of this news. We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”

Tomas, 27, signed a six-year, $68.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December 2014 as an amateur free agent out of Cuba. He has mostly disappointed, owning a .769 OPS while playing subpar defense in the outfield as well as at third base, where the club briefly tried him. He battled a groin injury for most of the past season and ultimately underwent core muscle surgery in August.