Curt Schilling, Electronic Arts partner for 'fantasy role playing' video game

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Electronic Arts has signed a deal to produce a video game from Curt Schilling’s company 38 Studios. Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reports that the product “has nothing to do with sports” and will instead be “a single-player fantasy role playing game, still under development and code-named Project Mercury.”
Here’s more from the story:

The action takes place inside a fantasy world being created by two of Schilling’s partners, novelist R. A. Salvatore and comic book artist Todd McFarlane. The same imaginary world will be the setting for a second project from 38 Studios, a multiplayer, Internet-based game being developed in Maynard under the code name Copernicus.

I’ve never been into comic books, but isn’t calling Todd McFarlane merely “comic book artist Todd McFarlane” akin to, say, calling Barack Obama “politician Barack Obama”?
Also, the blogging world definitely needs more code names.

The Reds are on pace to break their own record for home runs allowed

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The Reds got shelled by the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon, dropping the game 12-2. The pitching staff gave up four home runs, including two to Jake Lamb. Gregor Blanco and Ketel Marte also went yard.

That brings the Reds’ total on the season up to 166 through 95 games. That prorates to 283 over 162 games, which would shatter their own major league record for home runs allowed by a team in a season. Last year, the Reds’ pitching staff yielded 258 dingers.

After Thursday’s action, the Reds’ pitching has a major league worst 5.31 ERA, which is exactly in line with its major league worst 5.31 FIP. According to FanGraphs, the pitching staff is worth 0.2 Wins Above Replacement, which is by far the worst in baseball. The Twins’ staff is next-worst at 2.7 WAR. It’s been a rough year in Cincinnati.

Report: Twins close to acquiring Jaime Garcia from the Braves

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Update (7:33 PM ET): There’s a deal in place, per Jon Morosi. The Braves will be receiving a minor leaguer from the Twin, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports.

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The Twins are close to acquiring starter Jaime Garcia from the Braves, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Garcia, 31, is owed the remainder of his $12 million salary for 2017 and can become a free agent at season’s end. Through 17 starts with the Braves, the lefty has a 4.33 ERA with an 81/40 K/BB ratio in 106 innings.

The 48-46 Twins find themselves just a half-game behind the Indians for first place in the AL Central, so this is certainly an attempt to gear up for the stretch run.

Aaron Blair was scratched from his start with Triple-A Gwinnett, so he could be on his way up to the majors to fill Garcia’s spot in the Braves’ rotation.