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Video: Alex Avila falls into stands to make excellent catch

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Miguel Cabrera is going to be missed while he’s out with a Grade 3 strain of his left calf, but the Tigers are getting by just fine so far this afternoon against the Blue Jays. Check out this excellent catch from Alex Avila, who is getting the first shot at filling in for Cabrera at first base:

Great stuff, but given Avila’s knee problems, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus probably had to hold his breath for a second there.

Orioles move struggling Bud Norris to the bullpen

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 29:  Bud Norris #25 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Orioles right-hander Bud Norris has pitched almost exclusively as a starter in the majors, but his season-long struggles have him headed to the bullpen.

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles manager Buck Showalter made it official today that Kevin Gausman will start Tuesday against the Twins. This pushes Norris into a long relief role.

Norris had a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts last season and made two starts during the postseason, but he has struggled to the tune of a 6.79 ERA over 11 starts this season. His strikeouts (6.3 K/9) are down and his walks (3.1 BB/9) are up, but the big issue has been the home run ball, as he has already allowed 11 of them in just 55 2/3 innings. The Orioles have eyes on another postseason berth, so they couldn’t afford to keep him in the rotation any longer.

Woman sues Marlins after shark mascot attack

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From the “Yes, this is real” file comes this from Rebecca Piccadaro of the Miami Herald. The Marlins are being sued by Beth Fedornak, who claims that she suffered neck and back injuries as a result of a “bite” from a shark mascot two years ago.

Here are the details of the lawsuit:

Fedornak, from Bradenton, went to the ballpark to see the San Diego Padres play the Marlins on June 29, 2013. According to the lawsuit, Bob the Shark approached her and pretended to bite her head to excite the crowd of spectators.

She immediately felt pain in her neck “after the impact of the shark head down on top of her skull,” according to the court documents filed on June 12, 2015 by her attorneys from the firm Carl Reynolds Law.

The results of the encounter with the mascot have allegedly caused Fedornak either permanent or continuing injuries in her neck and back, cost her more than $86,000 in medical expenses, and impaired her ability to work, according to court documents.

According to Local 10 news, staff members at Marlins Park were notified after the initial incident. Fedornak is said to be seeking $15,000 in damages.

Stephen Strasburg exits start with tightness in left side

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04:  Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning during a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park on July 4, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Nationals manager Matt Williams said after the game that Strasburg left the start with tightness in his left side. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated on Sunday.

12:39 p.m. ET: According to MASN Sports’ Dan Kolko, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg exited today’s start against the Giants in the top of the fourth inning due to an apparent injury to his left side.

Strasburg was in obvious discomfort on his final three pitches. He tried to make his case to stay in the game, but the Nationals understandably didn’t want to take any chances. Strasburg was pitching well prior to exiting, allowing one hit and two walks over 3 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out three batters. Tanner Roark replaced him to protect an early 3-0 lead.

This was Strasburg’s third start back after missing four weeks with a left trapezius strain. The Nationals will have to hope that he doesn’t require another extended absence. We should have more information on his status after the game.

Video: Trevor Bauer mimics three of his teammates’ batting stances in the same at-bat

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This is some good fun. Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer mimicked the batting stances of teammates Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles, and Ryan Raburn all within the space of one at-bat in the seventh inning last night against Pirates left-hander Antonio Bastardo:

Look out, Batting Stance Guy. The impressions were good enough on their own, but Bauer also managed to have a heck of an at-bat for someone who doesn’t get to hit very often. Kudos all around.