The Astros to honor fallen firefighters

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Four Houston firefighters died in a horrible fire on Friday. Per the Houston Chronicle, the Astros are honoring them with a special patch this week, will also hold a moment of silence tomorrow night and will be offering local and national firefighters and their families free tickets to games this coming homestand. The statement from team president Reid Ryan:

“Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the firefighters who lost their lives or were injured in last week’s tragedy,” Astros president Reid Ryan said. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to all of our firefighters, who risk their lives to keep others safe.”

Nice move.

(thanks to Wes N. for the heads up)

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.