Uber to give longtime Braves usher free rides to the new ballpark

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Walter Banks has been an usher for the Atlanta Braves since the team moved into Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1966. Last summer, however, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Banks would likely not be able to continue to do the job that he loves because of the Braves move to their new park in the suburbs. Banks does not drive, you see, and SunTrust Park is not accessible via public transportation.

Never fear, Uber and the Braves are here. The club and the ride share service have partnered up to give Banks free rides to SunTrust Park so he can continue his usher gig.

They’ve also partnered up, obviously, to get some good publicity and free advertising, but we’ll let that slide in exchange for helping a Braves institution continue being a Braves institution.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.