San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy's last game in Cincinnati created more buzz than anyone imagined.
A swarm of bees circled above the backstop screen shortly before the start of the Giants' game against the Reds on Monday, prompting an 18-minute delay to the first pitch. The umpires and players moved away from the plate and watched the buzz from a safe distance.
The bees soon moved toward the upper deck — workers closed press box windows as they came that way — and the game went on without further incident.
Nothing new for the Giants. Not when they come to Cincinnati.
They also were involved in a bee delay there that got national attention on April 17, 1976. A swarm made its way into San Francisco's dugout at Riverfront Stadium, forcing players to flee.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Kevin Gausman has been suspended for five games and fined for throwing a 97 mph fastball behind Miami's Jose Urena last week.
Gausman appealed the penalty imposed Monday by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre. Gausman can continue to play until there's a final ruling.
Gausman's first pitch to Urena in the second inning Friday was knee-high behind the batter, and plate umpire Jeff Nelson immediately signaled the ejection.
Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock will be out for at least six weeks after undergoing surgery to clear up an infection in his right elbow.
Pollock was in the Los Angeles clubhouse Monday, four days after the surgery. He said doctors inserted a catheter into his left biceps in order to deliver antibiotics to the affected area in his right arm.
The infection is near where he had surgery in 2016 to repair a broken elbow. It started when Pollock received a small cut during the Dodgers' series at the Chicago Cubs in late April. During the surgery, doctors removed metal hardware that had stabilized the elbow.
Announcer has cancer
New York Mets announcer Ron Darling said he has thyroid cancer and hopes to return to SNY's broadcast booth in about a month.
Darling issued a statement April 13 saying he planned to have surgery to remove a large mass from his chest and hoped to return to work in May.
In a statement Monday, Darling said that after the removal of the mass and additional tests, the thyroid cancer diagnosis was made.
Boston's Price on IL
Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price has elbow problems again, although this time he expects a rapid recovery.
Price was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with tendinitis in his pitching elbow. He was scheduled to start on Tuesday night at Baltimore.