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Brad Mills channeled his inner Lou Brown before Tuesday’s All-Star Game

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Indians bench coach Brad Mills is managing the American League in tonight’s All-Star Game. He’s there in place of Indians manager Terry Francona, who is resting after a heart-related health issue.

To rev up his team prior to the All-Star Game, Mills channeled his inner Lou Brown, the manager of the Indians in the 1989 film Major League. In the film, Brown brought in a cardboard cutout of the team owner, Rachel Phelps. With each win, they took an item of clothing off of her.

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No word yet if clothing can actually be removed from Francona’s cutout. At any rate, he looks like he’s in pretty good shape.

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.