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MLB, ESPN OK lengthy extension

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Gabe Kapler ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon while rounding second base on Tony Graffanino’s fifth-inning homer during Wednesday night’s 5-3 win over Toronto. Graffanino’s ball went over the left-field wall, and Kapler fell to the ground. He got up on one knee but couldn’t continue. After a five-minute delay, Kapler was carted off the field. Alejandro Machado pinch ran starting at second base and finished circling the bases. “I felt like I got hit at the back of my ankle,” said Kapler, who wasn’t in pain after the game. “I just had seen the ball go over.” Kapler realizes he could be sidelined a long time. “We’re important to ESPN,” Bob DuPuy, the president and chief operating officer of baseball, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We fill up a lot of space for them in the summer. We’re their programming in the summer. If you look at ‘SportsCenter,” most nights in the summer, it’s, what, 70 percent baseball.” Kapler ruptures Achilles ESPN announced Wednesday that it would televise Major League Baseball games through 2013 and expand its rights to carry games on new technologies, including a cell phone that it is expected to start marketing next year. The deal, which is worth about $2.4 billion to Major League Baseball over eight years, is a symbol of the sport’s growing business success despite concerns about steroid use by players that have prompted congressional hearings and threats of federal action. Earlier this summer, Rafael Palmeiro of the Baltimore Orioles tested positive for using a steroid months after wagging his finger and telling a congressional committee that he never had. Still, baseball attendance is heading for a record, XM Satellite Radio is paying Major League Baseball nearly $60 million a year to carry games beyond the borders of traditional radio, and ESPN, the cable news media empire, is substantially increasing its annual payments. center_img Guillen throws tantrum Washington outfielder Jose Guillen was ejected after striking out in the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s 6-3 victory over the Mets, then began throwing equipment onto the field. The former Angels took a called third strike from Kris Benson leading off the inning. After he went back to the bench, he was thrown out of the game by plate umpire Bill Miller, sparking a tantrum from the volatile Guillen. “He yelled and cursed at me out of the dugout,” Miller said. “I ejected him. That’s it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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