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Someone sent racist messages to Carl Edwards Jr. on Instagram

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Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that someone sent racist messages to Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. via his Instagram account. MLB and the MLBPA are investigating. If they figure out who it is, someone is gonna get a ban hammer from baseball games, I imagine.

A lot of people act as if racism is some historical artifact or a trait limited to the only truly evil and twisted. Meanwhile, all it takes is four bad relief outings in April for some probably normal-seeming guy named Chad or something to drop N-bombs on a relief pitcher’s Instagram page. Racists haven’t gone anyplace. They just try a bit harder to hide it these days. Just a bit, though.

Edwards has had a rough start to the season and was recently sent down to Triple-A Iowa to work on stuff. I’d say that whoever decided that Edwards not pitching as well as he did in past was worth this level of hostility has a lot more to work on.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.