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Weekend Digest: Riots in Baltimore; Homer Bailey to have surgery; MadBum on Scherzer comments

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MLB news from the past week.

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Baltimore riots postpone two Orioles games

Civic unrest in Baltimore due to the death of Freddie Gray caused the Orioles to postpone both Monday's and Tuesday's game with the White Sox. The team then decided on Wednesday to close the ballpark to the public and play the scheduled game in an empty stadium; they also thought it best to play the scheduled weekend series with the Rays not at Camden Yards, but in Tampa Bay, playing as the home team, a move the Rays agreed with. Hopefully, this will never have to happen again.

Homer Bailey to have Tommy John surgery

Homer Bailey received a doozy of a birthday gift just two days before his 29th birthday on Friday: news that he'll have to go under the knife and visit good ol' Tommy John, meaning he'll miss the remainder of the 2015 season. He made only two starts this after recovering from elbow surgery in the offseason. Bailey is in the second year of a six-year, $105 million contract.

Madison Bumgarner takes issue with Max Scherzer's DH comments

One of the more debated baseball topics lately is that of bringing the DH to the National League. We don't know when or if that will ever happen, but Max Scherzer certainly wants it. When Scherzer suffered a sprained thumb while batting against the Cardinals, he said, "both leagues need to be on the same set of rules". Madison Bumgarner, who's a pretty darn good hitting pitcher, questioned Scherzer's logic.

He knew the rules. Whatever much he signed for - what did he get, again? - he didn't have a problem signing his name. He didn't have a problem with hitting then. I'm sure he had his pick of anywhere he wanted to go.

Scherzer, in response, said his comments were taken "out of context" and were spoken "in jest".

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Gibson, the former manager of the D-backs, had just started working with Fox Sports Detroit when he received news on Tuesday he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles. While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.

Carlos Quentin retires

After the Braves released Quentin, he signed a minor league contract with Seattle on April 22. However, it wasn't long before his injury history caught up to him and he decided to retire. Quentin was a two-time All-Star with the White Sox, while also playing with the D-backs and Padres. He has 154 career homers and had a career year in 2008 when he hit 36 home runs with 100 RBI in his first season with the White Sox while hitting .288.