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Josh Hamilton merchandise has been pulled off the shelves at Angel Stadium team store


Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweeted out this interesting observation Saturday from Angel Stadium, just before the Angels’ second home game of the 2015 regular season …

Hamilton jerseys probably wouldn’t be a hot item right now after his performance in 2014 and offseason relapse, so this could be chalked up to a simple supply-and-demand strategy. But it feels more calculated than that given recent comments from Angels owner Arte Moreno. DiGiovanna published a lengthy piece Saturday morning examining how awkward all of this has been for players in the Angels’ clubhouse who consider Hamilton a friend but are hearing anti-Hamilton sentiment from the guy who signs their paychecks.

Anaheim owes the 33-year-old $25.4 million this year and a combined $64.8 million in 2016-2017.

Andrew McCutchen back in Pirates’ lineup Sunday

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Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen admitted Saturday that the left knee discomfort that drove him from Friday’s game in Milwaukee has been bothering him since spring training. McCutchen sat out Saturday night and there was growing concern that an extended absence may be coming, but he is back in Pittsburgh’s starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale with the Brewers.

“It is frustrating because I am always the type of player to come into the season in tip-top shape, 100 percent, ready to go,” McCutchen told beat writer Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Saturday. “This has kind of been a little different for me this year. Battling a few things, just trying to get myself back to par, really.”

The 28-year-old is off to a 2-for-16 (.125) start in 2015.

White Sox activate Chris Sale for Sunday debut

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From the official Twitter account of the Chicago White Sox …

Sale will make his 2015 regular-season debut on Sunday afternoon against the visiting Minnesota Twins. He missed his first turn in the White Sox starting rotation because of an avulsion fracture in his right foot.

The 26-year-old left-hander finished third in the American League Cy Young Award balloting last season after posting a sensational 2.17 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 208/39 K/BB ratio across 174 innings for Chicago.

Kris Bryant homers in third game with AAA Iowa

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Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had a massive showing this spring in Arizona, batting .425 with a 1.652 OPS and nine home runs in 14 Cactus League games.

And the fireworks have continued at Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant homered Saturday night in his third game since the Cubs’ semi-controversial demotion of the 23-year-old budding superstar. Here’s the video of that blast against the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the rival St. Louis Cardinals …

Bryant also doubled and singled in the game. He’s only in the minor leagues right now because the Cubs are manipulating his service-time clock to secure an extra year of contractual control. That window passes on April 17, so Bryant could very well make his major league debut on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.