White Sox sign Felipe Paulino

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Felipe Paulino, who missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and also underwent shoulder surgery two months ago, has agreed to a one-year deal with the White Sox.

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Paulino will get $1.75 million and the White Sox have a $4 million option or $250,000 buyout for 2015.

Prior to all the injuries Paulino had found some success with the Royals after years of struggling despite a mid-90s fastball, throwing 162 innings with a 3.55 ERA and 158 strikeouts for Kansas City. He has experience as a starter and reliever, so his role will likely depend on the health of his arm and whether the White Sox trade someone from their current rotation.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.