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Brewers sign JJ Hoover to a minor league deal

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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed reliever JJ Hoover to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Hoover was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last month after a year in which he posted a 3.92 ERA and a 54/26 K/BB ratio over 41.1 innings. That wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t good enough for the Dbacks to want to go to arbitration with him. He was a train wreck with the Reds in 2016, so what the Brewers will get out of him next year is anyone’s guess.

Video: Corey Dickerson breaks scoreless tie with walk-off home run

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Neither the Pirates nor the Tigers could manage any offense during Thursday afternoon’s game at PNC Park. That is, until outfielder Corey Dickerson launched a walk-off solo home run off of Alex Wilson with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Dickerson, 28, has been solid for the Pirates for the first month of the season. He’s batting .314/.348/.500 with a pair of home runs, 13 RBI, and 13 runs scored in 92 plate appearances. The Pirates acquired him from the Rays in late February in exchange for journeyman pitcher Daniel Hudson and Single-A infielder Tristan Gray.