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Daily Link Dump 8/1/14

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Links before the series opener with Kansas City.

Bob Levey

Anaheim has played Tyler Skaggs on the disabled list.

Jim Johnson has officially been granted his release.

Jurickson Profar will miss the remainder of the season.

Seattle will be bolstering their rotation-no, not by trade-by bringing James Paxton back into the mix this weekend.

The Marlins were absolutely screwed by the plate-blocking rule during their game last night against the Reds.

Tonight's NERD scores show a very exciting A's team taking on a very dull Royals team.

How did postseason odds change yesterday? Dave Cameron breaks down the data.

How are major league ballparks oriented, and does anyone actually follow the rule regarding ballpark orientation? David Kagan wrote a very intriguing article on the subject. The Coliseum is closer to being in accordance with the rule than any other ballpark.

He should make it through optional waivers.

I had the privilege of attending 73 games in which Yoenis Cespedes made an appearance, so I compiled the stats from those games.

Tonight's minor league action includes Drew Pomeranz, Drew Granier and Dylan Covey on the mound.

On this day a year ago, the A's had a home off-day. They had just finished a series with Toronto and were about to open a three-game set with the Rangers, which include two losses and one very memorable win.

Tonight's starting lineup includes Sam Fuld in the leadoff spot and lots of left-handed bats.