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Hosken Powell Memorial Linkdump: Crawling from the Wreckage

The unpleasantness in the Bronx has ceased. Here's what you need to know going forward.

buxton back
buxton back
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  • If you want to know why the New York Yankees have spent most of your life dominating your favorite baseball team, Myjah has a theory.
  • After the game, Ervin Santana called Yankee Stadium "a joke."  I'd be embarrassed about giving up two game-deciding dongs to the clearly fake-named "Greg Bird," and as Hardball Talk notes, those home runs would have been home runs just about everywhere.
  • If you watched yesterday's game, you also saw the much-improved Aaron Hicks grab at his hamstring while running to first.  It's the same left hamstring he strained in 2013, and this incident  has sent him to the 15-day DL.
  • DID YOU KNOW: In baseball, when you send someone to the disabled list (the aforementioned "DL"), you are allowed to call someone up from the minor leagues to replace that player.  The Minnesota Twins have taken advantage of this process, recalling their other stud prospect, Byron Buxton.  Buxton was hitting .400 at Rochester since coming back from his own DL stint.
  • Yes, this likely means Buxton and Miguel Sano in the same lineup tonight.  Silver linings rarely get much more silver.
  • The other major Twins injury involves the neck of the team's ninth inning relief specialist, or "closer," Glen Perkins.  He received a cortisone shot and got an MRI, and is supposed to meet the team in Baltimore today, per Rhett Bollinger.
  • If that Perkins story sounds familiar, it's because a neck injury in 2014 led to the All-Star closer's ineffectiveness and ultimately the premature end of his season.  We will see if that process repeats itself.  My friend Brandon, who pitches town ball and records an award-winning podcast with me, tells me "cortisone sucks, man."  So, yeah, there's a not-insignificant chance this happens.
  • As was noted prior to yesterday's game, a non-Perkins bullpen would have Trevor May in the set-up roll and Kevin Jepsen as the closer.  I can't say I'm terribly enthusiastic about that if Perkins ends up on the shelf.  I can't say I have any better ideas, either.
  • If the Twins want to pull themselves off the canvas, the Orioles are one of the many, many teams between them and the second wild card spot.  Their four-game series with Baltimore starts this evening.  No pressure, Tyler Duffey.