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Posted: Aug 20, 2014

Will MLB ever do anything about smokeless tobacco?

Clearing the Bases

Curt Schilling disclosed in a radio interview during the Jimmy Fund telethon that his recent battle with cancer was because of his addiction to smokeless tobacco.

This revelation comes after Baseball mourned the passing of Tony Gwynn, from cancer, brought on by smokeless tobacco.

When will Major League Baseball realize there is a serious problem here? At the very least, public service announcements about tobacco's dangers during televised games would be a start.

Would MLB (and the players' union) ever demonstrate the courage to ban it?

In today's column, we look at the demotion of Jackie Bradley Jr. and the struggles of Boston's prospects in the majors.

Bradley looked fine Tuesday with two hits in Pawtucket... Garin Cecchini (.253) is getting back on track, going 2-for-4 ... Anthony Ranaudo (14-4, 2.46) gave up seven hits, but pitched out of trouble: 6 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.

The Sea Dogs' magic number to reach the playoffs was one, and they clinched with a New Britain loss. Still, Portland (79-50) is also playing for first lace in the division. After Tuesday's 5-4 win in Harrisburg, the Sea Dogs have a two-game lead over Binghamton ... Keury De La Cruz (.307) was 2-for-4, including the game-winning home run, his sixth ... Noe Ramirez (2.12 ERA) recorded his 14th save.

Outfield prospect Manuel Margot went 2-for-4 in his fourth game with Salem, upping the average to .471.

The blog will be off for a few days. I'll check back soon.


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