June 11, 2012
MLB notes: Cubs turn on Soler power
By QMI Agency
The Chicago Cubs outbid the competition for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.
The 20-year-old power hitter signed for about $30 million over nine years, CBS Sports reported Monday.
The bidding for Soler didn't reach the level fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes commanded in the spring.
Cespedes, 26, signed a four-year, $36-million deal with the Oakland Athletics.
RAYS GO BEYOND THEIR ROOTS
The Tampa Bay Rays are recapturing the spirit of 1979.
Wait a minute, the Rays didn't being play until 1998. But nonetheless they will wear 1979 throwback jerseys later this season.
The Rays have created "faux-back" uniforms with 1970s design elements, including pullover jerseys and some good old-fashioned powder blue, according to Sportslogos.net.
The only thing missing with the double-knit look is the thick elastic waist-band.
CLEMENS DEFENCE RESTS
Lawyers for Roger Clemens wrapped up their defence at his perjury trial Monday, with the jury to begin deliberations as early as Tuesday following nearly two months of testimony.
Clemens, 49, is accused of lying in 2008 to a government committee investigating drug use in baseball. The former pitcher did not testify on his own behalf during the trial.
RANGERS GET THE VOTE
Outfielder Josh Hamilton continues to top all AL vote-getters in balloting for the all-star game while four of his Texas Rangers teammates also lead at their positions.
Hamilton, as of Monday, had 3,833,504 votes. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre and catcher Mike Napoli also were in first place at their positions while Nelson Cruz held down the third spot in the outfield. Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees was second among outfielders while the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista was fourth.
MLB has announced that attendance is about 7% -- 2,000 fans a game -- over last season at this point ... Tampa Bay reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who has been on the disabled list all season because of an elbow injury, was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Monday night at single-A Port Charlotte, Fla. Farnsworth had a 5-1 record, a 2.18 earned-run average and 25 saves in 2011. Rays manager Joe Maddon hopes Farnsworth can return next month ... St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter, who hasn't been this season, could begin throwing off a mound next week. "Where I'm at right now compares to where I'm at when I start preparing myself to go to spring training," the right-hander told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister is eligible to return Wednesday from the disabled list but he isn't ready. Fister was sore after testing his strained side muscle on the weekend ... The Rangers could make a decision Tuesday on whether to put pitcher Alexi Ogando on the disabled list with a strained right groin. He was hurt running to first on a bunt single Sunday.