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Lehigh Bacon

This story came from USA Today earlier today. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, are going to wear a “Bacon-Themed” uniform in games this year. Check out the “For The Win” column. I feel like I need one of these caps for the collection. One question: Is it “Scratch-and-Sniff?”

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Freddie Freeman won the “Last Man Standing” or whatever the final roster voting process is called for the National League. He’ll miss the game because of a thumb injury. Teammate Brian McCann replaced Freeman on the All-Star roster. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig rolled out to a nightclub to celebrate the break. I hope Puig doesn’t reinjure [...]

As I wrote in yesterday’s PTC, Carlos Marmol’s hold on the Chicago closer job is tenuous. His effort against the Pirates on Thursday afternoon didn’t do anything to help solidify things. Marmol inherited a 3-0 lead, but then surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a walk. The fact that he was able to [...]

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The Phillies activated reliever Ryan Madson from the disabled list on Friday for the weekend series against the Mets. Madson had been sidelined with a hand injury since mid-June. He was recalled following a one-inning rehab outing at Class-A Clearwater. Madson reclaims the closer role for the first-place Phillies. Antonio Bastardo returns to the setup [...]

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