Touch 'Em All: Giants will honor golfer Rory McIlroy

Posted: May 25, 2012

The San Francisco Giants plan to give away a Rory McIlroy bobblehead later this year. Huh?

No one knows if the star golfer, who comes from Belfast, Northern Ireland, even follows the game of baseball, let alone a team on America's Left Coast.

As usual in baseball these days, there's a marketing angle here. The giveaway date (June 12) takes place the same week the U.S. Open is being held at Olympic in San Francisco.

The game is being pitched as "Irish Heritage Night." There's no indication the defending Open champ will show up, but you can bet a mug of Guinness he'll be invited.

New witness

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton indicated Wednesday he was leaning toward allowing prosecutors to call former major-leaguer Diego Segui, to confirm earlier testimony that Roger Clemens used steroids and human-growth hormone.

Segui is expected to say he was told by Clemens' strength coach, Brian McNamee, that McNamee had saved evidence from injections of players.

Told by prosecutors that Segui may decline to testify, even though he's under subpoena, Walton retorted: "If he doesn't show up, he'll be arrested like anyone else."

Clemens is accused of lying to Congress in 2008 when he said he had never used steroids or HGH.

Replay on hold

Commissioner Bud Selig says he doesn't think more video review of umpires' calls is needed.

Replay was instituted in August 2008 for "boundary calls" such as whether balls went over the fence or were foul.

Around the bigs

Slugger Manny Ramirez might not be ready to play for Oakland when his suspension ends on May 30. Manager Bob Melvin said Ramirez was held out of Sunday's game with triple-A Sacramento because of a wrist injury.

The St. Louis Cardinals put utilityman Matt Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of a strained right side muscle.

Torii Hunter is expected to rejoin the Los Angeles Angels at some point next week after they return from their current trip, manager Mike Scioscia said, adding he wasn't sure when during the homestand that might be.

The rightfielder has been on the Angels' restricted list since May 14, missing 10 games so far, after his 17-year-old son Darius McClinton-Hunter was arrested in Texas on charges of sexual assault.

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This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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