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Jameson Taillon open to urinating on his hand in an attempt to heal his cut finger

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Update (8:21 PM ET): Taillon has tweeted to clarify the issue.

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Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Pirates starter Jameson Taillon is open to urinating on the cut on his finger in an attempt to heal it faster and get back to the mound. That’s interesting. The right-hander lasted only three innings in his most recent start against the Giants due to the cut.

While the idea seems strange, Taillon would be far from the only player to do it. Dodgers starter Rich Hill urinated on his hand in an attempt to heal his blisters two seasons ago. Former major leaguers Moises Alou and Jorge Posada both admitted to urinating on their hands in order to toughen up the skin since neither wore batting gloves. The Tribune-Review also notes that Julian Tavarez did it during spring training in 2003.

Taillon said, “I said if it helps, I’ll put a sign-up sheet and everyone can come and pee.” Taillon added, “I don’t care. I just want it to go away.”

So, uh, stay tuned. Someone might leak more details about Taillon’s healing process. Otherwise, they might whiz right by us. Taillon will certainly be relieved once the cut goes away, that’s for sure.

Fox, MLB sign broadcast rights extension through 2028

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FOX Sports and Major League Baseball announced a few minutes ago that they have agreed to a multi-year broadcast rights extension. The deal keeps Fox as the lead MLB rights holder, and home of the World Series, All-Star Game and a good chunk of the playoffs through at least 2028.

While the press release does not announce the financial terms, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that it will pay Major League Baseball about 30-40% more than the previous contract. While ratings are not what they used to be, it would seem that the eyeballs Fox is getting are more valuable to it.

UPDATE: That bump is actually even bigger:

For the time being, things will look very much like they do now. Starting in 2022, there will be more games broadcast. There are no specifics about how many more. The release says “FOX Sports will also expand its digital rights,” but again, no specifics on what that means, exactly.

FOX Sports has been a baseball rights-holder since 1996 and has been the exclusive national non-cable rights holder since 2001. That’s gonna continue for at least another decade.