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Fox takes heat after Gwynn rates no mentions

Fox Sports has come under fire for failing to pay tribute to late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn during Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

Gwynn, a 15-time All-Star who died June 16 at age 54, was not mentioned once during the broadcast. Nor was baseball lifer Don Zimmer, the longtime Rays adviser who died June 4 at age 83.

Several media outlets noted the omissions, as apparently did the Padres, with whom Gwynn spent his entire career. The club put on Twitter a photo of its onfield tribute to Gwynn about 90 minutes after the All-Star Game ended.

On Wednesday, Fox responded that it had honored Gwynn during a pregame broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

Two players did offer their tributes to the late legends during the game. Orioles OF Adam Jones wrote Gwynn's initials and No. 19 on the front of his cap. And Rays LHP David Price patted the ZIM logo on his uniform during pregame introductions.

STILL GRIEVING: Brewers GM Doug Melvin said he is trying to contact SS Jean Segura to see what his plans are for rejoining the team. Segura returned to the Dominican Republic last weekend after learning his 9-month-old son, Janniel, had died after a brief illness.

ALL-STAR RATINGS: The American League's 5-3 win averaged more than 11.3 million viewers on Fox, up from 11 million for last year's game at the Mets' Citi Field. The rating was up 9 percent for the first full half-hour, when retiring Yankees SS Derek Jeter first stepped to the plate.

ROYALS BOOST PEN: Kansas City got some relief help, acquiring veteran RHP Jason Frasor from the Rangers for Triple-A RHP Spencer Patton. Frasor, 36, has a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season.

UECKER DOC: A one-hour documentary about the career of Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker will air at 6 tonight on the MLB Network. The piece, Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker, narrated by actor Tom Berenger, mainly focuses on Uecker's broadcasting and entertainment career.

BRAVES: C Evan Gattis, out since June 27 with a bulging disc in his back, was cleared to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett.

PHILLIES: C Carlos Ruiz, who has been on the DL since June 26 with a concussion, was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment today with Class A Clearwater.

Fox takes heat after Gwynn rates no mentions 07/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:33pm]
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