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Javier Baez leaves game with groin tightness

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Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left last night’s Marlins-Cubs game with groin tightness. He’ll be further evaluated today and a decision will be made about putting him on the disabled list. For what it’s worth, Joe Maddon said after the game that he wasn’t concerned and that he was lifted because the game was a blowout.

It wasn’t totally clear how Baez hurt himself. He was on defense at the time and the injury occurred on a play in the outfield. He was just running over toward short when the ball was out in left field. Sometimes you just tweak something doing relatively little. At least I do, but then again I’m a 44-year-old schlub, not 25. Oh well.

Baez is hitting .285/.328/.650 on the season. If he goes on the DL, Tommy LaStella and Ben Zobrist will get most of the reps.


Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.