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Daily Link Dump 5/16/14

Links before a three-game set in Cleveland.

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The Marlins are about to sign former A's shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Josh Hamilton is likely to return around the time the Angels head to the Coliseum. They'll play a three-game set on May 30, May 31 and June 1.

The Mets complained about their ballpark.

A mural at Wrigley Field depicts a scene from Comiskey Park.

Sporting News' Jesse Spector talks about realignment and expansion, as does Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra.

On Tuesday, a cat will throw out the first pitch in Bakersfield!

The Mariners and Orioles are among the teams pursuing Heath Bell.

Mississippi Matt Smith has created a brilliant piece of art, in which Josh Reddick sings "Careless Whisper".

How rare are plate appearances of 14-plus pitches? The article, written by Paul Swydan, is absolutely full of data. Awesome read!

Julio Franco will be playing independent ball in Fort Worth.

As feared, Martin Perez will be out for the season.

Today's minor league action includes Arnold Leon pitching for Sacramento and Drew Granier on the bump for Midland.

On this day a year ago, the A's had a day off.

Tonight's starting lineup includes Coco Crisp! Kyle Blanks is on the bench.