All-Star coaches picked
Managers Terry Collins of the Mets and Ron Roenicke of the Brewers will serve as NL coaches for the All-Star game and managers Ned Yost of the Royals and Bob Melvin of the A's will coach on the AL side. Major League Baseball made the announcement Wednesday. The All-Star game is July 10 in Kansas City. Retired manager Tony La Russa of the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals will run the NL team. Manager Ron Washington of Texas will guide the AL squad.
Twins' top pick gets $6M bonus
The Twins signed second overall pick Byron Buxton, an 18-year-old outfielder from Appling County High School in Georgia. The Twins announced the signing on Wednesday, one day after Buxton joined the team for batting practice. Buxton receives a $6 million signing bonus, the biggest contract in this year's draft class. The Houston Astros gave No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa a $4.2 million bonus. Buxton hit .513 with three home runs and 38 stolen bases during his senior season.
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Bryce Harper's comebacks look ready for the big leagues, too. The 19-year-old Washington Nationals outfielder quipped "That's a clown question, bro" to a Toronto TV reporter who asked if he planned to take advantage of Canada's lower drinking age after belting a long home run in a win over the Blue Jays.
For a brief time, the highest trending topic on Twitter was Harper's response: "That's a clown question, bro." Twitter users have been reformulating the phrase to fit different contexts, too.
In Ontario, the drinking age is 19, not 21 as in the United States. Following the game, a reporter asked Harper whether he planned to celebrate his huge homer with a beer, and what his preferred brand would be.
Harper is a Mormon, a religion that forbids alcohol. A Nationals PR staffer suggested the reporter try a different line of questioning, but Harper was ready. "I'm not answering that," Harper said. "That's a clown question, bro."
Sure enough, by Wednesday morning, online retailers were offering T-shirts emblazoned with Harper's comment, while fans far and wide were posting tweets about the latest baseball catchphrase.
■ The Blue Jays placed right-hander Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to June 12, and recalled infielder Yan Gomes from Triple-A Las Vegas. Morrow left nine pitches into Monday's start against Washington after suffering a strained muscle in his left side. Morrow had won three of his previous four starts, including two shutouts.
■ Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night with a nose injury. Matusz bruised his nose while bunting during batting practice on Tuesday. He was moved back in the rotation to Friday.
■ Former Central Hardin pitcher Steve Delabar was among four players called up to the majors by the Mariners on Wednesday. Seattle placed outfielder Mike Carp and reliever Stephen Pryor on the 15-day disabled list, and optioned pitcher Blake Beavan and infielder Alex Liddi to Triple-A Tacoma. Carp has an inflamed right shoulder he first injured in the season opener in Japan. Pryor has a left-groin strain.