Ariana Grande pulls out of All-Star Game concert; replaced with Demi Lovato


I’ll take “things I wasn’t gonna really pay attention to in the first place, but far be it from me to not post a headline with sweet, sweet pop star SEO action in it” for $100, Alex:

Major League Baseball today announced that multi-platinum selling recording artist Demi Lovato will replace Ariana Grande as the headlining artist for the Budweiser All-Star Concert, part of the Pepsi Music Series. Lovato’s performance will include her debut smash single, “Cool for the Summer” off her forthcoming fifth studio album. The announcement comes as a result of Grande’s recent health issues.  All tickets previously obtained by fans will be honored.

The health issues, it is being reported, are having her wisdom teeth out.

Eh, no big deal. Grande played at my neighbor’s house a couple of years ago. A half mile from me and I didn’t bother to go to that. Why would I have paid to see her in Cincinnati?

If you feel differently, you can go see Lovato  — and musical guest Rixton, whatever a Rixton is — at Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, July 11 at 8pm.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.