Author: Drew Silva

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Video: Tigers defeat Astros in pregame standoff


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

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?