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Video: Tigers defeat Astros in pregame standoff

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An important battle was waged before Sunday’s series finale between the Astros and Tigers …

You can see home plate umpire Bob Davidson shooing both groups of players back to their respective dugouts around the 1:08 mark, and the visiting team finally gave in. The game before the game. Thrilling stuff.

Giants designate Casey McGehee for assignment

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Somewhat surprising news here from Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com

San Francisco acquired Casey McGehee from the Marlins in December to effectively replace Pablo Sandoval at third base, but the 32-year-old woke up Sunday with a brutal .200/.254/.282 batting line and he had tallied just nine RBI in 35 games with the Giants. McGehee drove in 76 runs for Miami last season.

McGehee probably won’t draw any interest on waivers because of the $4.8 million salary he’s due in his final year of arbitration. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said after the transaction was announced Sunday that he hopes McGehee accepts an assignment to the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento.

Matt Duffy is expected to serve as San Francisco’s everyday third baseman going forward.

Video: Steven Souza throws an elbow at Stephen Vogt

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There was a nasty collision at home plate Sunday afternoon at Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field …

Steven Souza appeared to have a clear path to the plate — at least the outside of the plate — yet went right for Stephen Vogt with his elbow raised. Souza may have gotten the worst of it, though, as he left the game in the bottom of the third with what’s being called a left wrist injury. Might a suspension be coming too?

Kyle Lobstein lands on 15-day DL with sore shoulder

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Kyle Lobstein made the Tigers’ starting rotation out of spring training with Justin Verlander (triceps) ticketed for the disabled list. But that spot will now go to right-hander Buck Farmer because Lobstein needs a disabled list stint of his own. Via the official Twitter account of the Detroit Tigers

Lobstein will undergo tests on the shoulder this week in Detroit. He has been bothered by discomfort for a couple of weeks, and there’s at least a hint of concern that it might be something serious.

The 25-year-old southpaw had registered a 4.34 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 20/16 K/BB ratio through 47 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season. His best start was May 7 in Chicago, when he held the White Sox to one unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 frames. Farmer will start in his place on Thursday night in Anaheim.

Verlander’s rehabilitation from a triceps strain, meanwhile, has advanced to simulated action.

Shane Victorino heads back to the disabled list

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Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino missed 15 days earlier this season with a right hamstring strain and then had to be scratched from two games this past week due to tightness in his left calf. That calf injury is now being called a strain, and it is sending him back yet again to the 15-day disabled list.

Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer at the Providence Journal, shares the roster move

Victorino has appeared in just 50 of a possible 205 games over the last two seasons due to a variety of leg and back problems. This latest absence will give Rusney Castillo, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 22, a good opportunity to show whether he’s ready to be an everyday big leaguer.

If Castillo plays to his potential, Victorino might not have a starting job when his health returns.