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Selig still waiting on Tommy John report

Selig gravely concerned about Tommy John epidemic as experts prepare report
The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers.

A handful of experts, including Dr. James Andrews and New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, are putting together a report to help baseball address the rash of reconstructive Tommy John surgeries.

Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

Pitcher testifies in Offerman trial about etiquette followed when intentionally hitting batter
The Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Testifying that there is a professional etiquette to beaning batters, a former major league pitcher says he did not intentionally hit Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game, setting off a brawl.

Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in the civil trial of Offerman, who is being sued by former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans.

Baseball Hall of Fame gala cancelled

Baseball Hall of Fame gala featuring Boston Pops, Paul Simon cancelled by organizer
The Associated Press

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - The National Baseball Hall of Fame says next month's gala concert featuring the Boston Pops and Paul Simon has been cancelled. No reason was given.

The Aug. 2 event was to have been part of the museum's 75th anniversary celebration.

The Hall of Fame said Monday that LGH19 Productions has asked ticket holders to go to www.cooperstownconcert.com for more information. Hall spokesman Brad Horn is referring questions to LGH19 Production.

Attempts to reach the promoter for comment were unsuccessful.

Cubs sue over fake mascot that got into bar fight

Chicago Cubs go after fake mascot accused of demanding tips, getting into bar fight
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs have filed a lawsuit against several people whom the team accuses of being behind a fake mascot that has been engaging in bad behaviour near Wrigley Field, including getting into a bar fight that was captured on video and posted online.

The team filed its lawsuit on Friday in federal court in Chicago against John Paul Weier, Patrick Weier and three other unnamed individuals whom the team says dress in the bear costume, the Chicago Sun-Times reported (http://bit.ly/1nWkpTD ).

Angels acquire closer Huston Street from Padres

Angels acquire closer Huston Street from Padres in 6-player deal including 5 minor leaguers
Joe Resnick, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels acquired All-Star closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott from the San Diego Padres for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris in a trade on Friday night.

Street (1-0) has 24 saves in 25 opportunities and a 1.09 ERA in 33 games this season.

Blue Jays option RHP Jenkins to Triple-A

Blue Jays option right-hander Chad Jenkins to Triple-A to make room for Brad Mills
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The Blue Jays have optioned right-hander Chad Jenkins to triple-A Buffalo to clear a roster spot for lefty Brad Mills.

The Blue Jays claimed Mills off waivers from Oakland on Thursday, bringing him back to the team that drafted him in 2007.

Manager John Gibbons says Mills will serve as the long man out of the bullpen, allowing right-hander Todd Redmond to pitch later in games.

"He's been pitching pretty damn good," Gibbons said of Redmond. "We'll give him some tougher situations, see how he does."

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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