Yesterday, MLB.com reported that Braves outfielder B.J. Upton will start going by his legal name, Melvin Upton Jr. That means it'll change on his uniform, on the scoreboard, even on his bats. Today, Upton reported to Braves camp and told reporters—some of whom still called him "B.J." out of habit—that there's really…
B.J. Upton definitely called for this routine fly ball first, but Justin Upton either didn't hear him or didn't care.
B.J. Upton reacts to finally looking at his batting average.
The Upton brothers hit back-to-back home runs last night. The only other time in MLB history brothers went back-to-back was when Lloyd and Paul Waner did it on Sept. 15, 1938. [MLB]
In his updated account of today's big Spring Training matchup between Tampa and Baltimore, Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times noted that Rays Manager Joe Maddon "had a fan - who was in in Orioles jersey - removed from the stadium after he was making racist comments about B.J. Upton."
Scoop Jackson has once again sparked the ire of, oh, lots of people with this latest ESPN2 column about the Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton. In it, Jackson praises Upton as the one MLB player who can "bring the game back to the hood" while using some undermining and preposterous logic to substantiate his point. Observe: