Daily Link Dump 6/9/14

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Links before the first of three games in Orange County.

This year's Fourth of July hats will look like Astros hats.

Joe Maddon has brought in a Seminole medicine man to help them break their losing ways.

Joe Stiglich pieced together some of the A's quotes on yesterday's incident.

Yet another closer has lost his role as the Rays have demoted Grant Balfour.

Ernesto Frieri has an interesting definition of "lucky".

Alfredo Despaigne could be the next Cuban sensation.

Some fans in Kansas City gave Derek Jeter a memorable farwell.

Manny Machado has apologized for his recent actions.

Mike Petriello wrote an ESPN Insider article on the A's pitching staff.

Josh Donaldson has opened up a considerable margin in third base All-Star voting.

Tonight's minor league action includes Shawn Haviland pitching for Midland and Hunter Adkins for Stockton.

On this day a year ago, the A's capped a stretch of 17 consecutive games by splitting a series with the White Sox.

Tonight's starting lineup has a left-handed flavor to it, with Coco Crisp leading off, John Jaso as the DH and Stephen Vogt behind the dish.

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