MLB notebook: Tigers manager Ausmus says Home Run Derby isn't detrimental
Brad Ausmus scoffs at the idea that the Home Run Derby could cause a slugger to go into a slump.
“It doesn't bother me if they want to do it,” the Tigers manager said before Thursday night's game against the Rays. “I find it hard to believe that one round of batting practice is going to ruin your swing for the next three months.”
The derby is part of the festivities surrounding the All-Star Game, and past winners of the contest include stars Prince Fielder, David Ortiz and Ryan Howard. Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland won last year.
There's occasional concern that the event's format — with players swinging for the fences repeatedly through multiple rounds — can lead to bad habits and fatigue.
Bobby Abreu won the contest with 41 homers in 2005 when he played with Philadelphia, but he hit just six home runs after the All-Star break that season after having 18 before it. Josh Hamilton put on a stupendous display in 2008 at Yankee Stadium, hitting 28 homers in the first round of the derby.
When the real games resumed, he hit just 11 home runs after the All-Star break after having 21 before it.
Yankees' Sabathia has rehab setback
CC Sabathia's return to the Yankees' rotation is being delayed because he had swelling in his injured right knee after making his second rehabilitation start. Sabathia made a start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday. He had an MRI on Thursday. The left-hander has been out with a degenerative cartilage problem nearly two months.
Also, the Yankees sent third baseman Yangervis Solarte to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and replaced him with Zelous Wheeler, who will make his major league debut.
Rockies' Arenado comes off DL
The Rockies activated third baseman Nolan Arenado from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Arenado broke the middle finger on his left hand sliding into second base in Atlanta on May 23. Arenado won a Gold Glove last year as a rookie. He is hitting .305.
Athletics secure Coliseum extension
The Athletics finalized an agreement on a 10-year extension to play at the Coliseum through the 2024 season. The A's will spend more than $10 million on a new scoreboard, and the Coliseum Authority will pay for any structural improvements that will be in place by Opening Day 2015. The run-down Coliseum has had multiple sewage problems in the past year and an outage affecting the outfield lights June 14.
Wrigley rooftop owners call off lawsuit
The rooftop owners surrounding Wrigley Field agreed not to sue the Cubs if the team sticks to last year's plan to install just two advertising signs in the outfield, two owners said.
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