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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.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.