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Matt Garza has opinions on birth control

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The offseason can be hard on some players. Sure, if you’re a hunter or if you like to travel or if you’re super involved in charities or something your schedule is pretty full between November and early February. But what if you don’t have that stuff in your life? Then you’re just like the rest of us sad wretches, hanging out on the Internet all day, arguing with movie stars.

Well, not everyone hangs out on the Internet arguing with movie stars. But Brewers starter Matt Garza does.

The movie star is Jessica Chastain, who is not a fan of the direction policies with respect to birth control are heading:

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Garza took the opportunity to explain birth control to a woman, at least in the own special way a man with six children who had his first child when he was 18 can talk about how he understands birth control:

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There’s nothing wrong with abstinence if that’s what you’re into or if that’s what your religion teaches you to practice. It’s a free country.

But though abstinence may prevent one from getting pregnant, it is not a “contraceptive.” A “contraceptive” is a means of preventing pregnancy for those who are sexually active. Abstinence, then, is no more a contraceptive than “staying inside” is “sunscreen.” If you wanted to go to the beach and asked a friend for a sunscreen recommendation and he said “don’t go to the beach,” you’d say “uh, thanks” and then you’d ignore their advice on the matter at hand because they’re not interested in protection from UV rays, they’re interested in making sure people don’t go to the beach. Just as Garza here is not opining on contraception, he’s telling people they should not have sex.

Obviously I’m the last person to tell anyone to “stick to sports,” and I would not tell Matt Garza to stick to sports if he doesn’t want to. But really, it’d be a good idea to know what one is talking about when one moves outside the area of their expertise.

Mets activate Travis d’Arnaud, place Tommy Milone on disabled list

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The Mets announced on Wednesday that catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and pitcher Tommy Milone has been placed on the 10-day DL.

d’Arnaud, 28, was placed on the DL on May 5 (retroactive to May 3) with a bone bruise on his right wrist. The Mets’ backstop appeared to have suffered the injury in mid-April when he accidentally hit his hand on the bat of the opposing hitter when he was making a throw. d’Arnaud resumes with a .203/.288/.475 triple-slash line with four home runs and 16 RBI in 66 plate appearances.

Milone, 30, made three mostly forgettable starts for the Mets, yielding 15 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits and seven walks with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings. Newsday’s Marc Carig says that, with Milone out, either Rafael Montero or Josh Smoker will start on Saturday with Smoker being more likely to get the nod.

Report: John Farrell may be on the hot seat

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The Red Sox, who won the AL East last season with a 93-69 record, have under-performed so far this season, entering Wednesday’s action with just two more wins than losses at 23-21. The club hasn’t had a winning streak of more than two games since April 15-18. As a result, manager John Farrell may be on the hot seat, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Tuesday.

Beyond the mediocre record, Rosenthal cites two incidents that happened this season that caused Farrell’s stock to drop. The first was the brouhaha with the Orioles when Manny Machado slid into Dustin Pedroia at second base, causing Pedroia to suffer an injury. When reliever Matt Barnes intentionally threw a fastball at Machado, Pedroia was seen telling Machado, “It wasn’t me. It’s them.” The word “them,” of course, would ostensibly be referring to Barnes and Farrell.

The second incident happened last week when pitcher Drew Pomeranz challenged Farrell in the dugout after being removed with a pitch count of 97. Rosenthal suggests that some of Farrell’s players aren’t on the same page as the skipper.

Rosenthal also mentions that Farrell didn’t have the entire backing of the Red Sox clubhouse in 2013, when the club won the World Series. So the issues this year may not be unique; they may be part of a larger trend.

The biggest impediment in making a managerial change for the Red Sox is having a good candidate. After letting Torey Lovullo leave after last season to manage the Diamondbacks, the team’s two most likely interim candidates would be bench coach Gary DiSarcina and third base coach Brian Butterfield. DiSarcina has one year of managing experience above Single-A (Triple-A Pawtucket in 2013). Butterfield hasn’t managed in 15 years.