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Perez forsakes Twitter; the Cabrera dilemma; Swisher a new father

By Sheldon Ocker Published: May 21, 2013

  Chris Perez figured enough is enough. After blowing a save and a tie against the Mariners, he recieved so many nasty tweets, he shut down his Twitter account.

   Though he has not spoken about his actions, Perez explained in a written statement that he wanted his focus to be on the team and on positive events.

   ""I don't know if it's good or bad,'' manager Terry Francona said of deactivating the account, ""but I like his reasons for doing it.''  

   Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera is genderally acknowlesdged as the best hitter in the American League if not all of baseball.
He presents a difficult challenge for teams in the Central Division, like the Tribe, which must deal with Cabrera for at least 18 games.
   “”He’s a pretty special hitter,’’ Francona said. “”I get how good a hitter he is. But teams have to pitch to him, or they have to pitch around him or there are times when (it’s OK to give up) a single. If you’re going to pitch around him every time, they’re going to score.’’ 
   Nick Swisher and his wife, Joanna Garcia, are the parents of baby girl, born today in a Cleveland area hospital.
   Swisher has been placed the paternity list dand can be absent from the team for up to three days. The Triber has called up Cord Phelps from Columbus to take Swisher’s place on the roster.
   At Triple-A, Phelps is batting .233 with five home runs and 219 RBI in 116 at-bats. In a brief call-up earlier in the season, the middle infielder played in three games and went hitless in eight at-bats.
   Swisher has donated $25,000 to the FBI Citizens Academy Foundation to support the FBI Child Identification Kit program.



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