Craig Calcaterra

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Pirates’ Vogelsong hit in head by pitch, leaves game

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong was hit in the head by a pitch in the second inning and left the game against the Rockies.

A pitch by Colorado starter Jordan Lyles struck Vogelsong, who was taken off the field on a cart and attended to by Pirates’ staff.

Vogelsong (1-1) was making his second start of the season, filling in because of a rainout between the Pirates and Rockies on Sunday.

The play scored the first run of the game for the Pirates. Lyles had loaded the bases by walking Sean Rodriguez

Jeff Locke pinch ran for Vogelsong and Wilfredo Boscan replaced him on the mound.

Vogelsong allowed two hits and struck out two on 34 pitches.

Wanna Buy Coco Crisp’s 17,900-square-foot estate?

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We’ve featured a lot of ballplayer real estate here in the past. Usually they’re McMansions. There are some exceptions to that. Babe Ruth’s apartment was not exactly a faux-Tudor exurban monstrosity. Barry Zito’s pad was quite a bit different than the usual gated golf community in which these guys tend to live. So was Barry Zito’s other house.

Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp‘s pad is likewise an exception.

Less a house than a gigantic compound/playground, it’s in Rancho Mirage, California in the Coachella Valley. It’s about 17,900-square-feet, has five-bedrooms, an elevator, a game room, a home theater with a popcorn machine, a built-in saltwater fish tank and a gym and a miniature baseball diamond for kids. It has “a swimming pool with a built-in dining table,” which seems impractical, but what do I know? A description of it at WSJ.com is here. Here is the full MLS listing at Realtor.com, with lots of pictures. One of the bedrooms has a baseball-themed bedspread. It looks like a kids room but it’s nicer than most bank executives’ master suites.

The Crisps are asking $9.995 million for it after purchasing it for $7 million a couple of years ago. The reason? Coco Crisp and his wife just want to. They’re keeping their offseason home in the same area. They just want a new pad. Good for them. When you’ve made roughly $60 million in career earnings and have another $11 million due this year, you can do that sort of thing too.

Padres issue a second statement following the Gay Men’s Chorus debacle

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Yesterday we told you about Saturday night’s incident at Petco Park in which the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ rendition of the National Anthem was headed off by someone in a control room at Petco Park playing a recorded version of a woman singing the National Anthem. The Chorus stood there on the field, doing nothing, and then was escorted off with no explanation given to the crowd and some fans in the crowd jeering the Chorus.

After the game the Padres issued a statement apologizing, but the Chorus was still upset and demanded an investigation into what happened and why. Last night the Padres issued a second statement:

“After a thorough examination of the events that occurred during last night’s National Anthem, we have concluded our internal investigation and have found no evidence of malicious intent on the part of any individuals involved. Based on both the unintentional mistake that was made, as well as the failure to immediately intervene and correct the situation by those who had oversight, we have terminated our relationship with the third-party contractor who was responsible for the error, and taken disciplinary action against our employee who was responsible for the game production on Saturday.

We once again sincerely apologize to members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, their families and those who came out to support their Pride Night performance. The Padres organization is proud of our longstanding commitment to inclusion — within both our sport and our community. We deeply regret that a mistake on our part has called this into question, but accept full responsibility.”

Following the statement, the Padres indicated that the Chorus has been invited back for a do-over:

No word if the invitation has been accepted.