Behold: The Athletics deploy twin batting cages

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Reporters at A’s camp are raving about and taking pictures of the double batting cages Bob Melvin and crew are deploying in Phoenix today:

That is cool. It’s rather gobsmacking to me that no one had thought of that before. Or, at the very least, hadn’t used it recently. It seems kind of obvious.

Not that I thought of it. Or you either. I’m sure there’s some saying about genius being the stuff that, the moment we’re presented with it, suddenly seems obvious.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.