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Rangers call up Willie Calhoun

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The Rangers are calling up outfielder Willie Calhoun to the big leagues, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Calhoun, 24, was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2017 and ’18 seasons and has now graduated from prospect lists. He struggled in 48 major league games over the last two years, batting .233/.283/.338.

Calhoun performed very well against the competition with Triple-A Nashville this season, batting .304/.416/.557 with eight home runs and 22 RBI in 138 trips to the plate. He’ll be in the Rangers’ lineup for Wednesday night’s 8:15 ET game against the Royals.

Update: He wasted no time homering in his 2019 debut.

Aaron Boone receives one-game suspension for explosive tirade

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.

The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”

Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”

In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.