Video: Watch Madison Bumgarner hit his second grand slam of the season

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Giants starter Madison Bumgarner hit his second grand slam of the season — and his third home run overall — in the sixth inning of Sunday’s first-half finale against the Diamondbacks. The bases were loaded when D-Backs reliever Matt Stites allowed a lead-off single to Joaquin Arias, Ehire Adrianza reached on shortstop Nick Ahmed’s fielding error, and Stites walked Brandon Crawford.

The slam was the Giants’ second of the game. Catcher Buster Posey hit a grand slam in the previous inning off of Vidal Nuno.

Bumgarner was replaced on the National League All-Star roster earlier by teammate Tim Hudson. The lefty entered Sunday’s start with a 3.36 ERA with a 123/32 K/BB ratio in 120 2/3 innings spanning 19 starts.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.