Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

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Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is:

I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down cold, of course.

For the record, $100.50 in daily meal money can buy you 53 Cool Ranch Doritos Locos tacos at Taco Bell. Or, perhaps, one “Brennaman” steak (12 oz “barrel cut” filet mignon) with a side of 18 Virginia Blue Point oysters at Precinct steak house in Cincinnati.

Video: Cole Tucker’s first MLB hit is two-run homer

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Pirates prospect shortstop Cole Tucker stepped up for an injured Erik González on Saturday and wasted little time proving that he was ready to shoulder major-league responsibilities. After starting the game 0-for-2, Tucker pounced on Derek Holland‘s 2-2 sinker and sent it out to center field for a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Following the tie-breaking blast, Tucker responded to cheers from the crowd with… perhaps a little more ceremony than the occasion required. He was the second of the Pirates’ prospects to record his first major-league hit during the game, as outfielder Bryan Reynolds also hit a single off of Holland in the fourth.

Jung Ho Kang struck out to end the inning, after which a rain delay was called. The Pirates currently lead the Giants 3-1.