Craig Calcaterra

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Major League Baseball unveils uniforms for special events this season

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There are always special uniforms and colors for the All-Star Game. Special caps for Memorial Day and other holidays. Pink accents for Mother’s Day and blue ones for Father’s Day. This year, however, it seems like MLB is making some extra effort to make the little bits of celebratory and memorial flair stand out.

For the first time clubs will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in specially designed uniforms. As in previous years, uniform designs were also created to recognize Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. In addition, new looks will be featured during the All-Star events in San Diego with special caps worn during the All-Star Game and some cool Padres-influenced jerseys for the Home Run Derby.

Mothers’ Day will have pink subtly stitched into regular jerseys and clubs will be wearing gray caps with pink accents:

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Father’s Day will be basically the same deal but with blue:

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Memorial Day will once again, be a camouflage thing which I’ve never quite cared for given that the holiday is about fallen servicemen and women as opposed to the military itself, but that ship has long since sailed, apparently:

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Fourth of July will feature stars and stripes on the jerseys and either a red or blue star motif on the caps:

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The Home Run Derby has all kinds of 1970s-Padres style fun:

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Finally, the All-Star Game will have caps of its own as well. Note the little star shaped rivet/air hole thingies:

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As is always the case, sales of these caps and jerseys will support charities with which MLB is partnered. The Mother’s Day stuff will benefit Susan G. Komen, Father’s Day will benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand up to Cancer, Welcome Back Veterans and the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ “Support Our Troops Fund” will also benefit.

Former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey dies at 88

FILE - In this May 10, 2010, file photo, former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey waves before throwing out a ceremonial pitch prior to the New York Yankees-Detroit Tigers baseball game in Detroit. Carey died Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He was 88. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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DETROIT (AP) Former longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey has died. He was 88.

Nancy Carey says her husband died Tuesday at their home in the Detroit suburb of Rochester and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease. She says he was “the love of my life and anybody that knew him was better off for knowing him.”

In a statement, the Tigers say Carey was “a consummate professional who had one of the most distinctive and classic broadcast voices.” He was Ernie Harwell’s radio broadcast partner from 1973-91 and was behind the microphone during the Tigers 1984 World Series championship season.

In addition to his nearly two decades broadcasting Tigers games, the native of Mount Pleasant worked for several radio stations.

Arrangements are being handled by Modetz Funeral Home.

Twins closer Glen Perkins goes on the DL with a shoulder strain

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Because the season had been going so well for the Twins as it was, now here’s this: Minnesota has placed closer Glen Perkins on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

It’s unclear how severe this strain is but, like, it’s his shoulder, and that’s always serious for a pitcher. Perkins blew a save in his first opportunity of the season on Sunday against the Royals, allowing two runs on three hits. Figure for now that Kevin Jepsen will take over as the closer.

In other news, less than five months until the Vikings begin play.