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C.J. Cron homered twice to win Phoenix Suns season tickets


Angels first baseman C.J. Cron had gone 11 days since his last homer, so his teammate Mike Trout made him a deal: hit two homers in last night’s game against the the Athletics, and Trout would buy him Arizona Cardinals season tickets. Cron, who lives in Phoenix during the offseason, asked for Phoenix Suns tickets instead. Trout said it was a deal.

In his first at bat of the game Cron took Athletics’ starter Chris Smith deep. Then, in the eighth inning, Cron did it again, this time off of Michael Brady. Looks like Trout has to pay up now. From the L.A. Times:

“I’ll try to get them on the floor or something,” Cron said. “I think I just won a couple thousand bucks there. And I’ll be going to all the games. Pretty cool.”

Trout missed his second straight game with a stiff neck. At least he’s still helping the team via inspiration and/or bribery. That’s MVP stuff right there.


Wade Miley exits spring start with groin strain

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Attempting to make a play on a bunt during Wednesday’s split-squad game against the Athletics, Brewers starter Wade Miley suffered a strained left groin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Miley will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. On the afternoon, he gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four innings.

Miley, 31, signed a minor league contract with the Brewers last month. He had been having a solid spring until last Friday, when he served up seven runs in three innings against the Reds. The lefty had been battling for a spot in the Brewers’ rotation but this injury may take him out of the running.

Last season with the Orioles, Miley made 32 starts spanning 157 1/3 innings, posting a 5.61 ERA with a 142/93 K/BB ratio.

With the Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb signings recently, many wondered why the Brewers didn’t make a move. They may regret not having done more.

In related news, reliever Boone Logan also left with an injury on Wednesday, per Haudricourt. The Brewers should have more on both players’ statuses later.