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Astros acquire Cameron Maybin from Angels

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The Astros acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Angels, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros claimed Maybin on revocable waivers, so they are responsible for the rest of his salary. The Angels won’t receive any players, just salary relief.

Maybin, 30, is hitting .235/.333/.351 with six home runs, 22 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 29 stolen bases in 387 plate appearances this season. He’ll contribute as a pinch-runner and provide outfield depth for the Astros down the stretch.

Maybin can become a free agent after the season. The Astros will cover the remainder of his $9 million salary for the 2017 season.

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.