May 4, 2012
MLB notes: Cubs call for Marmol-aid
By QMI Agency
Carlos Marmol, who blew another save Thursday, is out as the Chicago Cubs closer.
Marmol got the news Friday, a day after walking three of the five batters he faced in relief of starter Ryan Dempster, who had pitched eight shutout innings.
Marmol has blown three of five save opportunities this season while compiling a 6.23 earned-run average with 12 walks in 8.2 innings.
Manager Dale Sveum appointed left-hander James Russell and right-hander Rafael Dolis as dual closers for now.
Russell, son of former closer Jeff Russell, told ESPN that the family genes might help him.
"Maybe you have to be a little screwy in the head, and he passed that down to me," Russell said. "It will be fun, but you have to have a little bit of something wrong with you to be a closer."
YOUNG REACHES OUT TO RABBI
Delmon Young appears to be making amends after serving a seven-game suspension for an anti-Semitic rant in New York.
The outfielder, who was activated Friday by the Detroit Tigers, has spoken with Rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Mich.
"It was really a wonderful conversation," Bennett told the Detroit News.
Bennett said he spoke with Young on Thursday and found him to be "sincere, contrite and remorseful of the way things played out in regard to the incident, in terms of the impact on the team, the fans, the Jewish community and the community at-large."
Bennett said he accepted Young's apology.
Young faces charges of misdemeanour aggravated assault in connection with the incident. A court date has been set for May 29.
Young was not in the Tigers starting lineup Friday night. To make room for him on the roster, Brad Eldred was designated for assignment. Eldred went 3-for-16 in five games. ABREU MOVES ACROSS TOWN
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Bobby Abreu to a one-year contract Friday after the Los Angeles Angels gave up on the 38-year-old outfielder.
Abreu was released by the Angels last week after hitting .208 in eight games. The Angels remain on the hook for the bulk of the $9 million Abreu is due this year.
"Bobby has consistently performed throughout his career and brings his winning experience to the clubhouse," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He gives us a left-handed bat off the bench and will also see time in the outfield."
To make room on the roster for Abreu, the Dodgers optioned infielder Justin Sellers to triple-A Albuquerque.
TAYLOR REPLACES CRISP
The Oakland A's placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list Friday with an inner ear infection.
Michael Taylor, 26, a former top prospect who briefly was in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, was called up from triple-A Sacramento to replace Crisp.
Taylor was batting .347 in the Pacific Coast League with two home runs and 18 RBIs in 23 games. The Jays acquired him in 2009 in the deal for pitcher Roy Halladay and then flipped him to Oakland for Brett Wallace.
Crisp was batting .194 with four stolen bases in 18 games.
The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Erik Komatsu off waivers Friday from the St. Louis Cardinals and designated Clete Thomas for assignment. The Twins had claimed Thomas off waivers three weeks ago to serve as their fourth outfielder ... The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Ryan Spilborghs from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash. Spilborghs has been assigned to the Round Rock Express in triple-A .... Barry Bonds, baseball's home run leader, has appealed his obstruction of justice conviction. In a 70-page appeal filed in court, Bonds' lawyers argued that the conviction was based on an "invented legal theory" that did not amount to criminal conduct.