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Report: Yankees could debut top prospect Clint Frazier on Saturday

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Yankees No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier could join the club in Houston as soon as Saturday, according to reports from MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch and the Pawtucket Times’ Brendan McGair. The club hasn’t made any official moves to bring up the hot-hitting outfielder yet, but Frazier reportedly got the call on Friday evening when the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders got rained out of their series opener against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Whether the Yankees push Frazier’s debut forward tomorrow or reserve that moment for another day, the 22-year-old appears to be doing well for himself in Triple-A. He’s batting .257/.345/.474 with 12 home runs and an .819 OPS through his first 319 PA, improving on the sub-.250 average he generated during his first run with the RailRiders last season.

The club is hurting for outfield help after losing rookie outfielder Dustin Fowler to a season-ending knee injury on Thursday night. Fowler was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday and underwent surgery to repair a rupture of the right patella tendon, which will require a full six-month recovery period. The Yankees recalled infielder Miguel Andujar and right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned right-hander Ronald Herrera to Triple-A prior to Friday’s 13-4 blowout against the Astros.

Report: Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption as mayor of San Cristobal

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Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison and fined 60 million pesos for corruption as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic, Hector Gomez reports. Mondesi served a six-year term as mayor from 2010-16. He initially ran on the ballot of the Dominican Liberation Party, but switched to the Dominican Revolutionary Party over a year later.

Mondesi, 46, played parts of 13 seasons in the majors for the Dodgers, Blue Jays, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Pirates, Angels, and Braves. He won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1994 with the Dodgers, made one All-Star team, and won two Gold Glove Awards. He is the father of the Royals infielder of the same name.

Sherwin Williams is trying to back out of a charitable contribution at Angel Stadium

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The paint company Sherwin Williams created a neat promotion at Angel Stadium. There’s a giant paint can with the brand name in left-center field. If a player hits a ball into the can, Sherwin Williams will donate $1 million to the Angels Baseball Foundation, the Angels’ charity for kids.

Angels outfielder Justin Upton appeared to trigger that charitable contribution when he hit a solo home run to left-center field against Indians closer Cody Allen on Tuesday night. The ball bounced in front of the can and then went in on a hop.

ESPN reports that Sherwin Williams is using a technicality to try and get out of the obligation. Because Upton’s home run didn’t land in the can on the fly, Sherwin Williams is saying they’re not obliged to make the $1 million donation. In 2014, Frazee Paint and the Angels agreed to the paint can promotion and indeed the press release says, “…if an Angels player hits a home run that lands in the can on the fly, the company will make a $1 million donation to benefit the Foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of children in the community.” Frazee Paint is now owned by Sherwin Williams.

According to Forbes, Sherwin Williams is worth $29.2 billion, ranking at 724 on the Global 2000. One would imagine ponying up the relatively minuscule sum of $1 million would be worth it rather than taking the P.R. hit from the dozens of articles that have been and will continue to be written about the company’s pedantry over a charitable donation to needy children.

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