What we're watching – Cain goes for 10th victory

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– The Yankees will go for a seventh straight win against a pitcher they
tried to acquire in the second half of last year, Jarrod Washburn. They
beat the Mariners 8-5 on Tuesday to improve to 22-14 at new Yankee
Stadium. Washburn, who had an impressive 2.82 ERA in six starts against
the Bombers at the old yard, will be pitching at the new park for the
first time. Andy Pettitte will start for the Yankees. The Mariners are
one of two AL teams he’s under .500 against in his career (9-11, 4.68
ERA). Cleveland is the other.

– Cole Hamels and Jair Jurrjens will try to snap winless skids
tonight with the Phillies in Atlanta. Neither picked up a victory
during interleague play. Hamels, who last won on June 4, was removed
after just 4 2/3 innings last time out in a loss to Toronto. Jurrjens
has lost four in a row since his last victory on May 29.

Game of the Night

San Francisco vs. St. Louis – Matt Cain had two chances to become
the NL’s first 10-game winner, but he was undone in part by poor run
support, giving Jason Marquis a chance to beat him there. He’ll settle
for being the second to reach the mark if he can win in St. Louis
tonight. The Cardinals, who are trying to avoid dropping three straight
to begin a four-game series, will counter with their eight-game winner,
Adam Wainwright. St. Louis lost night despite getting a pair of homers
from Albert Pujols. Pujols is 4-for-8 with a homer and a double against
Cain in his career.

Reid Brignac is trying to become a designated hitter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Reid Brignac #4 of the Atlanta Braves poses on photo day at Champion Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Veteran utilityman Reid Brignac is in camp with the Astros on a minor league deal. The 31-year-old is close to being done as a major leaguer as he owns a career .219/.264/.309 triple-slash line across parts of nine seasons. In an effort to prolong his big league career, Brignac is now attempting to become a switch-hitter, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports.

I’m going to try it out this year. It was something that I just thought long and hard about and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to try and see how it goes.’ I used to switch-hit when I was younger off and on, nothing consistent. I could always handle the bat right-handed. I play golf right-handed, so I do a lot of things that way that feel natural.

I just want to get to the point where I’m trying to stay in games, not get pinch-hit for, not starting games because a lefty is starting. … That could help me stay in the games longer. I’m trying to add a new element. I play multiple positions and now if I can switch hit and be consistent at it, then that can only help me.

As Brignac mentions, he’s also verstile. He’s a shortstop by trade, but has also logged plenty of innings at second base and third base, and has occasionally played corner outfield.

There aren’t any examples — at least that I can think of — where players began switch-hitting late in their careers and actually succeeding in the major leagues. As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But here’s hoping Brignac bucks the trend.

Video: Andrelton Simmons makes a heads-up play to catch Carlos Asuaje off first base

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 03:  Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout after scoring in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 3, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fell off the map a bit last year due to a combination of the Angels’ mediocrity, Simmons’ lack of offense, and a month-plus of missed action due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Simmons is still as good and as smart as ever on defense. That was on full display Monday when the Angels hosted the Padres for an afternoon spring exhibition.

With a runner on first base and nobody out in the top of the second inning, Carlos Asuaje grounded a 2-0 J.C. Ramirez fastball to right field. The runner, Hunter Renfroe, advanced to third base. Meanwhile, Asuaje wandered a little too far off the first base bag. Simmons cut off the throw to first base, spun around and fired to Luis Valbuena at first base. Valbuena swiped the tag on Asuaje for the first out of the inning.