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The Fall River Brienies went from a swing and a mist to a swing and a miss.

The Brienies’ Class B New England League road game against the Lynn Leonardites on May 20, 1911, unfolded under murky conditions.

An east wind blew a thick fog from the ocean across the Lynn baseball park, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle described. The fog was so thick that persons in the grandstand could barely distinguish the outfielders.

MLB cross-promoting with an entertainment franchise is not a new concept, but the effort around Game of Thrones will be relatively big in scope.

This was something we could do on a much larger scale with a partner we’re much closer to, MLB executive vice president of business Noah Garden said. (There will be) a tremendous amount of tie-ins, not to mention what’s going to happen locally with each club.

One benefit MLB sees with associating itself with the show: Reaching the elusive millennial audience.

While the seventh season of Game of Thrones will run during baseball season, news of the cross-promotion does not bring with it an exact launch date. There are no tie-ins to the All-Star Game.

Teams planning to participate include the Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Reds, White Sox, Astros, Dodgers, Royals, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Athletics, Phillies, Pirates, Mariners, Giants, Cardinals, Rangers, Rays and Nationals.

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Pirates’ Starling Marte jersey giveaway goes away after PED suspension

The Pirates have canceled their planned Starling Marte replica jersey giveaway scheduled for July 2 following the outfielder’s drug suspension, the team announced Thursday.

Children under the age of 14 who attend the game against the Giants that day will still get a jersey, though the team has yet to announce the player.

We decided that it would not be appropriate to provide the Marte alternate jersey on the originally scheduled day while Starling is on the restricted list, Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said in a statement, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

The Angels have spent almost four years trying to decide whether to renegotiate the lease and work to renovate Angel Stadium, play out the lease, or build a new ballpark.

But Moreno’s efforts to build a new stadium in nearby Tustin fell through when the city declined to fund the project. Now, there’s not enough time to find another stadium site, secure funding and have the stadium ready for play by the 2020 season.

Angel Stadium is the fourth-oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, behind Fenway Park, which opened in 1912, Wrigley Field (1914) and Dodger Stadium (1962). While those stadiums are on the bucket list for most baseball fans, few would say the same about Angel Stadium.

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Orioles’ Zach Britton could miss two months with forearm strain

The Tigers also got Miguel Cabrera back earlier this week after he served a stint on the disabled list with a groin injury. It was just his second DL stint during his illustrious career.

Guys like Cabrera and Martinez are essential to Detroit’s fading title hopes, because they are smart hitters that force pitchers deep into counts, and usually make them pay.

Any time a team has one shutter shut on their chances to reach the World Series, they need all their man power in tact to get over the hump.

They also need pitching. From top to bottom, Detroit has a solid rotation. Justin Verlander was arguably robbed of the AL Cy Young award last year after receiving the most first-place votes, and Michael Fulmer developed into one of the best young arms in MLB.

Orioles closer Zach Britton could miss up to two months with the left forearm strain that landed him on the disabled list for the second time Saturday.’s Brittany Ghiroli says a source said the timeline for Britton’s return is 45 to 60 days.

Britton, who led the American League with 47 saves last season with a 0.54 ERA, was first sidelined with the strain in mid-April. Since returning to action May 2, he had two scoreless outings before complaining of discomfort late last week. reported that a pair of MRIs showed inflammation but no structural damage.

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Yordano Ventura’s toxicology report could affect $20M owed on his contract, report says

What happens to the nearly $20 million that remained on Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura’s contract at the time of his death likely will hinge on toxicology reports, Fox Sports reported, citing unidentified MLB sources.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht told ESPN recently that the team planned to bring in competition for Aguayo.

He’s a rookie, 21 years old. He had to learn that he’s not doing this for fun anymore, Licht said. He’s got a lot of people depending on him. We’ll continue to get competition and look for the best competition for him, or he might be the competition for somebody else. We’ll see how that goes. He was young. He’s working very hard to get better.

In Folk, the Bucs get a proven veteran and former Pro Bowl kicker. The 32-year-old Folk, who was released by the Jets on Feb. 23 after seven seasons, has a career field-goal completion rate of 81.3 percent in 10 seasons.

Among the people who came to their assistance: four Twins minor leaguers whose vehicle also got caught up in the wreck.

Quade’s SUV was stopped at a traffic signal when it was rammed from behind by another vehicle traveling about 45-50 mph, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported Sunday. His girlfriend, Rebecca Kraus, was a passenger in Quade’s vehicle.

We can’t believe we’re not dead, Quade told the Star Tribune.

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Topps keeps finding ways to reinvent baseball cards in creative, unique ways

SECAUCUS, N.J. As Major League Baseball tries to change rules throughout the sport, it looks like all involved with baseball are following the trend.

In its 2017 Series 1 card reveal event this week hosted by MLB Network, Topps displayed that the company can reinvent itself while holding to tradition and adding new wrinkles to the baseball card business.

For 2017, Topps introduced several new additions to its card rotation:

He might not have looked the part at various times, but he could run, too. Consider:

From 1984 through 1990, Gwynn stole 223 bases, including a career-high 56 in 1987.

That speed gave him good range in the outfield. He led NL right fielders in putouts three times, and finished in the top three seven times. In 1986, he led all NL outfielders in the category. He also led all NL outfielders in runs saved above average three times, including 1991, when he registered a career-high 28.

Yes, for most of his career, Tony Gwynn was a complete player. Obviously. That’s why he’s was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007 with 97.6 percent of the vote.

But it’s easy to gloss over or forget the finer points of a career when discussing that career as a whole.

Never forget Tony Gwynn’s finer points.

His greatness was not just in the totals, but in the details.

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Jameis Winston’s grandmother dies at age 70

When Jameis Winston earned his first big NFL paycheck he used a solid portion of it to help his grandmother, Myrtle Winston, live more comfortably by buying her a brand-new chair to relax in when she watched him play games.

It was like a $4,000 chair, Winston said, via It was one of those lift chairs. It even had built-in massage functionality.

Myrtle died Wednesday at the age of 70.

The 30-year-old is quickly becoming one of the best stories in baseball as he is off to a red-hot .371/.482/.929 start after spending the last several seasons in South Korea.

Thames already has been tested for PEDs three times so far this season. Like all MLB players, he underwent blood and urine testing in spring training but received both blood and urine testing again Tuesday. He also underwent a urine sample earlier this month after facing the Cubs in Chicago.

If people keep thinking I’m on stuff, I’ll be here every day, Thames told reporters Tuesday matter-of-factly. I have a lot of blood and urine.

MLB, like most everyone else, is trying to figure out how he’s hit so many homers already. It could be because he’s faced bad pitching. Thames has more home runs in six games against the Reds (eight) than any other hitter in MLB has home runs overall.

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