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Padres sign Tyson Gillies to a minor league deal


ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Friday that the Padres signed outfielder Tyson Gillies to a minor league deal. Gillies had been outrighted by the Phillies in June last year.

Gillies, 26, was a former top prospect in the Mariners’ system who went to the Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade in December 2009. Gillies struggled with his new team, failing to live up to lofty expectations, suffering numerous injuries, and being involved in two off-the-field incidents. One, in which he was arrested for possession of cocaine, was eventually dropped. The other resulted in a team-issued indefinite suspension in 2012 as Gillies verbally berated the Double-A Reading Phillies’ bus driver. It was one of several reported incidents in which he was unable to control his emotions. In 414 plate appearances at the Triple-A level, Gillies has a .582 OPS.

Gillies, as a member of Canada’s World Baseball Classic team, was also memorably involved in a benches-clearing brawl against Mexico in March 2013. He threw pitcher Alfredo Aceves to the ground before jumping back in the middle of the fracas. Perhaps the Padres feel Gillies moving to a new location could help him turn his career around.

Alfredo Aceves on brawling with Canada: “You’re just trying to defend and knock them out”

Tyson Gillies, Alfredo Aceves

Larry Walker said he “saw Satan” in Alfredo Aceves’ eyes during Saturday’s brawl between Canada and Mexico. So what did Aceves see while being punched by Tyson Gillies and tackled by a half-dozen other Canadians?

Here’s what he told Alex Speier of WEEI.com:

That was the first time I saw him there. Like I said, it’s part of the game. He was trying to defend his team. If it were me, I’d try to do the same thing. What can I say? It didn’t surprise me when he threw me to the floor. I reacted to it, because I didn’t do nothing to him. I was just calming down. The fighting was with the pitcher and the hitter. So I was saying, “Calm down, man, calm down, come on, man.”

And he just grabbed me and threw me on the floor. So I was like, “I’m going to throw you on the floor, man.” Then when I jumped in to this guy, I had seven guys against me. … You’re locked in. You’re just trying to defend and knock them out. That’s it. We were trying to defense ourselves. We didn’t do nothing to him. He just threw me.

Aceves’ inner-monologue sounds amazing.

Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

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Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network.

     TEAM USA                    TEAM CANADA
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS            1. Tyson Gillies, CF
2. Brandon Phillips, 2B        2. Taylor Green, 3B
3. Ryan Braun, DH               3. Joey Votto, 1B
4. Joe Mauer, C                 4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. David Wright, 3B             5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Ben Zobrist, RF              6. Chris Robinson, C
7. Adam Jones, CF               7. Adam Loewen, LF
8. Eric Hosmer, 1B              8. Pete Orr, 2B
9. Shane Victorino, LF          9. Cale Iorg, SS

SP Derek Holland, LH            SP Jameson Taillon, RH

Team USA manager Joe Torre is sitting Giancarlo Stanton, who doesn’t have a hit yet in the 2013 WBC but is obviously one of the premier sluggers in the sport. Zobrist will start in right field in Stanton’s place.

Team Canada is using the same lineup that nailed down a 10-3 win over Mexico on Saturday afternoon.

The winning country will advance out of Pool D along with Team Italy. The loser goes … back to camp.

Larry Walker “saw Satan” in the eyes of Alfredo Aceves

Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

Canada defeated Mexico 10-3 in today’s World Baseball Classic Pool D match-up, but that wasn’t the most talked-about result from the game — it was the fracas that started in the ninth inning. With his team up six runs, Canada’s Chris Robinson led off the top-half of the inning with a bunt, which infuriated Mexico, thinking that the WBC operates under similar rules as Major League Baseball. However, where the WBC differs is that they use run differential in their tie-breaker, so all efforts to eke out that extra run, whether by bunting or stealing bases up by more runs than can be counted on one hand, are justifiable. Not knowing this, Mexico reliever Arnold Leon threw at Rene Tosoni with his first pitch of the next at-bat, causing both benches to empty and punches to be thrown.

Those involved in the brawl included Mexico’s Luis Cruz, Eduardo Arredondo and Alfredo Aceves, as well as Canada’s Tyson Gillies and Scott Mathieson. Canada first base coach Larry Walker was involved as well, and says he saw Satan in the eyes of his attacker.

Walker also had baseball’s best interest in mind, pulling Mexico star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez out of the gathering.

Walker had some other interesting thoughts on the brawl, saying that CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry “can’t wait” to put the baseball brawl on his Hockey Night in Canada program. He never was one for a dull moment.

Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder Michael Saunders as both logged four hits (including two doubles apiece) and three runs batted in. Third baseman Taylor Green also contributed greatly with three hits and a walk. Starter Chris Leroux was solid over three innings of work before giving way to the bullpen.

The scoring started in the top of the first when Canada tossed up a four-spot behind a Morneau RBI double, a Saunders two-run single, and an RBI single by Chris Robinson. Mexico starter Marco Estrada settled down, though, holding Canada scoreless in his other two innings while his team chipped away. Mexico scored once in the bottom of the first on an error by first baseman Joey Votto, then added two more in the bottom of the fourth on a Gil Velasquez RBI double and Eduardo Arredondo sacrifice fly. Cesar Ramos, in relief of Estrada, pitched well but began to wear down in his third inning of work. In the top of the sixth, Canada added an insurance run on a Pete Orr RBI single to right.

From there, the flood gates opened and Mexico’s bullpen was unable to keep the game close. Canada added two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Morneau drove in a run with another double, then scored later in the inning on a Jimmy Van Ostrand RBI ground out. In the eighth, Morneau singled to right, driving in his third run. Saunders then singled to right, driving in Canada’s ninth run.

Tensions began to flare in the top of the ninth. Leading off the inning, Canada’s Chris Robinson bunted for a hit with his team up by six runs. Reliever Arnold Leon, none too pleased, hit the next batter Rene Tosoni with a fastball, causing both benches to clear. ESPN’s Jim Caple said, “This was not a stand around and look tough fight. There were many punches thrown.”

A Twitter recap of the fracas:

Leon and Tosoni were ejected by home plate umpire Brian Gorman. Jose Cobos came in relief of Leon while Tim Smith replaced Tosoni at first base. During the next at-bat involving Cale Iorg, more chaos ensued:

Iorg ended the at-bat at long last with a fly ball to left field, scoring Robinson for Canada’s tenth run. Tyson Gillies and Green went down in short order to end the inning. John Axford entered the bottom-half of the ninth for the save, shutting down Mexico with a 1-2-3 inning.

Canada, now 1-1, kept their own hopes alive as well as those of the United States. The US and Italy square off at 9 PM ET. Pool D then wraps up Sunday afternoon at 4 PM ET when Canada and the US match up. Mexico will be rooting for Italy against the US, then for the US against Canada, hoping for a three-way tie in which all three teams are 1-2. In such an event, run differential would be used in the tie-breaker. Presently, the US and Canada are tied in run differential at -3 while Mexico lags at -5.

As a side note, the use of run differential in the tie-breaker means that Mexico has no “unwritten rules” ground upon which to stand after taking offense to Robinson’s ninth-inning bunt.