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Tigers honor Chris Cornell with clever media notes

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News of musician Chris Cornell’s death sent shockwaves through the U.S. on Thursday. Cornell, the legendary frontman of Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave, reportedly committed suicide in his hotel room in Detroit.

The Tigers honored Cornell by using song titles from his career in their media notes. The Detroit Free Press posted a picture:

The Mariners also honored Cornell with a pregame moment of silence on Thursday. Cornell was born and raised in Seattle and Soundgarden was part of the burgeoning grunge scene that started in Seattle.

Giancarlo Stanton frustrated with Marlins’ losing

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The Marlins lost again on Thursday night, suffering a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers to fall to 14-26 on the season. The club has lost four game in a row and nine of its last 10.

Giancarlo Stanton, who has not seen his Marlins finish above .500 since he debuted in 2010, says his frustration level with the team is the “highest ever,” Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. “It’ shigher than me being the worst player on the field for a month, the worst player in the big leagues for a month, last year,” Stanton said.

Stanton continued, “We’ve had some bad luck with injuries, and we haven’t been playing well. Just a funk. But we’ve got to get out of it or the season is going to be twice as long as the last few years.”

Stanton is doing his part. He’s hitting .263/.339/.533 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 171 plate appearances this season. But the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, and Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon are not performing as expected. The starting pitching has been abysmal and the bullpen hasn’t been dependable outside of A.J. Ramos and Kyle Barraclough.

The Marlins are already 11 games out of first place. While there’s still plenty of baseball left, it would be out of character to see the Marlins made additions to strengthen the team between now and the July 31 trade deadline, so it’s likely just up to the existing roster to try to turn things around.

Luke Maile, Marcus Stroman become first AL battery to hit back-to-back homers since 1970

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I mentioned this in today’s And That Happened — Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile and pitcher Marcus Stroman, on Thursday against the Braves, became the first American League battery to hit back-to-back home runs since 1970, according to Sportsnet. In that game on May 9, catcher Tom Egan and pitcher Andy Messersmith accomplished the feat in the second inning against the Yankees.

Stroman finished 1-for-3 on the evening. In his only other offensive appearance of the season, he hit a pinch-hit double and scored the tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th against the Cardinals on April 25.