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Weekend Digest: Coach Manny; another TJ surgery; Royals shake up coaching staff

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MLB news from the past week.

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Cubs hire Manny Ramirez as a minor league coach

As the most shocking news of the week, the Cubs hired Manny to be a player-coach for their Iowa minor-league team. Fortunately, he won't be playing every day, but hailed his new job as "a blessing from God". What isn't a blessing is his haircut. Please find a new barber.

Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow needs TJ surgery

#20 this year. Dr. Andrews has been quite a busy man. I wonder if anyone else thought of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust"?

Royals make Dale Sveum hitting coach

Either something's wrong with the coaches or the hitters just aren't listening, but the hitting coach position in Kansas City has been a revolving door the last few years. The Royals are at the bottom of the AL in runs scored and slugging percentage, and have all of 22 home runs as a team as of this post. I suppose it could be worse, though: they could be the Braves.

Astros ride George Springer to six-game winning streak

Springer has been on fire lately, banging seven home runs in his last seven games, leading the Astros to a six-game winning streak. The Astros' success hasn't been limited to this past week, though. Their win on Thursday was the 14th of the month, and 12th of 18. In addition to the home runs, Springer has an 11-game hitting streak, and has hits in 21 of 24 games this month.

Edwin Encarnacion continues to mash

On Thursday, Encarnacion hit two more home runs, upping his total for May to 16 which ties him with Mickey Mantle. He's two away from the AL record for homers in a month, and is the third major-leaguer with five multi-HR games in a month. Naturally, he's also setting some franchise records with all these home runs. The previous high in home runs for a month was Jose Bautista's 14 in 2012 and Edwin's 33 RBI broke George Bell's previous record for May; he's one RBI from tying Carlos Delgado's overall record.

Ben Revere hits first major-league home run

After 1,466 major-league at-bats, Revere finally took a round-tripper in the seventh inning on Tuesday. As is often the case, his teammates gave him the silent treatment.