And now a more uplifting ballpark story

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Reader Proudly Canadian helps us cleanse the palate after that Yankee Stadium business this morning.  This, from Toronto:

Just over three months after he was shot in the head at the Eaton Centre, Connor Stevenson showcased his impressive recovery by throwing the first pitch at Sunday’s Blue Jays game …

Stevenson was one of the many victims of the June 2 shooting at the Toronto mall, which killed two.  As you’ll recall, Brett Lawrie was there at the time as well, though he left unscathed.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.