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Melky Cabera T-shirt order canceled by the Giants

Stop the presses!

The San Francisco Giants did just in time. They canceled an order of 20,000 Melky Cabrera T-shirts shortly before they were to be printed.

The T-shirts were going to a giveaway for fans who attended the Sept. 8 game against the Dodgers. Instead, the fans will receive an Angel Pagan T-shirt. Pagan, nicknamed “Crazy Horse” was hitting a robust .283 heading into Tuesday’s game.

"We were able to cancel the order in time and we're happy that fans will receive a T-shirt as scheduled," Giants vice president Staci Slaughter told USA Today.

Cabrera, who was traded by the Royals to the Giants after last season, was suspended 50 games by major league baseball after he tested positive for testosterone.

Later it was learned that Cabrera’s associate Juan Nunez purchased a website and attempted to show that Cabrera inadvertently took the substance that caused a positive drug test.

His name is officially mud in San Francisco.

MELKY, PART II

Even if he doesn't play another game this season, Cabrera could still win the batting title in the National League. Cabrera, who hit .346 in 501 plate appearances, is one shy of the the requisite number of plate appearances to qualify for a batting title.

However, the rules are such that one plate appearance would be added to Cabrera's stats, getting him to the needed 502. His average would still be .346. The Pirates' Andrew McCutcheon is leading the NL with a .349 average.

GOOD PITCHING, BAD PITCHING

Former Mizzou star Max Scherzer struck out eight Blue Jays in seven innings on Tuesday night as the Tigers won 5-3 in Detroit.

Scherzer has a career-best 186 strikeouts this season and he passed teammate Justin Verlander for the league lead. Scherzer also doesn’t lack for confidence.

“When I bring my ‘A’ game and I bring my game, I can pitch well against any team – doesn't matter who it is,” Scherzer told reporters after the game.Ricky Romero brought his ‘F’ game. He dropped his 10th straight decision, allowing five runs on seven hits and eight walks in 5.1 innings.

According to STATS, LLC, the last pitcher to walk at least eight batters with no strikeouts was Colorado's Greg Reynolds, who walked eight against Philadelphia on May 28, 2008.

RUNNING DOWN A DREAM

Don’t be surprised if the Reds call up Billy Hamilton in September.

On Tuesday, he got his 146th stolen base of the season (combined between Class A and Class AA). He added 147th later in the night. That broke the record stolen bases by a player in a minor-league team or teams affiliated with big league organizations. Vince Coleman had 145 in Class A ball in 1983.

He could be a valuable pinch-runner for the Reds down the stretch.

EXPLAIN THIS...

It hasn’t been Cliff Lee’s best season. but the Phillies starter has a 3.78 ERA. However, he doesn’t have a home victory this season.

Lee allowed three runs in 6.2 innings on Tuesday, but the Phillies gave up a run in the ninth and lost 5-4 to the Reds. His overall record is 2-7.

“It's definitely been a strange year,” Lee told reporters on Tuesday. “All I can do is continue to focus on my routine, prepare for each start and expect to win each time I take the mound.”

TRIPLE PLAY IN OAKLAND

The A’s turned the old 5-4-3 triple play against the Twins on Tuesday night. Check out the pivot by second baseman Adam Rosales:

| Pete Grathoff, pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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