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Judge: Orioles don't have to pay TV rights fees to Nats

MAD FAN: Actor and St. Louis native Jon Hamm throws out the ceremonial first pitch on a night when the Cardinals honored him with a bobblehead. “It’s amazing how many people I’ve had ask me to get them one,” Hamm said.

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MAD FAN: Actor and St. Louis native Jon Hamm throws out the ceremonial first pitch on a night when the Cardinals honored him with a bobblehead. “It’s amazing how many people I’ve had ask me to get them one,” Hamm said.

NEW YORK — A judge ruled Monday that Major League Baseball can't immediately compel an Orioles-controlled TV network to pay tens of millions of dollars a year to the Nationals for the rights to show their games.

MASN — which is owned 85 percent by the Orioles and 15 percent by the Nationals — won't have to immediately pay the increased rights fees ordered June 30 by a panel of three major-league owners. An injunction would also block the Nationals from terminating MASN's license to broadcast their games while the dispute continues.

New York Supreme Court Judge Lawrence Marks granted the request of the Orioles and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network to extend his Aug. 7 temporary restraining order blocking the decision.

Marks said MASN successfully raised question of whether MLB arbitrators were truly neutral in deciding TV rights fees.

MVP NEAR RETURN: Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen, on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a rib injury, said he expects to come off the DL when eligible today. The reigning NL MVP pronounced himself "good to go" after taking live batting practice.

ANGELS: Struggling LF Josh Hamilton was out of the lineup for the second straight game.

METS: RHP Bartolo Colon left the team to be with his ailing mother in the Dominican Republic and will be placed on the bereavement list today.

REDS: 2B Brandon Phillips, out since July 11 after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

RED SOX: CF Jackie Bradley Jr., one of the biggest disappointments on the last-place team, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. OF/INF Mookie Betts was recalled.

TWINS: CF Byron Buxton, considered one of baseball's top prospects, isn't expected to play again this season after suffering a concussion Wednesday in his Double-A debut.

Judge: Orioles don't have to pay TV rights fees to Nats 08/18/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2014 9:48pm]
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