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Report: Brewers sign infielder Cody Decker


Free agent Cody Decker reportedly signed a deal with the Brewers on Saturday, per a report by FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke. Decker posted a cryptic tweet to that effect earlier in the day, but declined to disclose the name of his new team. The Brewers have yet to confirm the deal.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculated on Decker’s landing spot first, pointing out that the 29-year-old had been developing his skills behind the plate with former Padres coach Pat Murphy when the two worked together in San Diego. The rookie infielder had also been in talks with the Brewers earlier in the offseason, so the deal didn’t come as a total surprise.

Decker broke into the majors with the Padres in 2015, logging three appearances at first base and recording a single RBI in 12 PA as a mid-September call-up. He ran in the minor league circuits in 2016, batting .232/.284/.481 for the Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate and signing on for back-to-back stints with the Rockies’ and Royals’ Triple-A clubs. Per Stokke’s report, Decker will be expected to compete with Andrew Susac, Jett Bandy and Manny Pina for time behind the plate next season.

And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Padres 3, Giants 1: Oh man, the Giants. Luis Perdomo outdueled Madison Bumgarner because of course he did. The Giants offense has been putrid — they scored just five runs against the Padres in their three-game series, dropping all three to the lowly Padres. San Francisco had the best record in baseball at the All-Star break. They now have only a half game lead over the second Wild Card qualifier right now, the Mets, and a one game lead over the closest team not currently in playoff position, the Cardinals. They both lost yesterday too so, OK, the Giants are safe for now, but this is getting into historic collapse territory.

Rays 8, Blue Jays 1: Alex Cobb won. The last time he had won before that was September 23, 2014. That’s quite a stretch. Cobb allowed one run while pitching into the seventh and was supported by homers from Corey Dickerson and Kevin Kiermaier. Congratulations, Kevin!


Cubs 7, Cardinals 0: Jon Lester with eight shutout innings, backed by homers from Anthony Rizzo — who drove in three — and David Ross. The Cubs can clinch the division with a win tonight at home vs. Milwaukee or if the Cardinals lose to the Giants in San Francisco.

Dodgers 2, Yankees 0: Goose eggs until the ninth when Justin Turner doubled in a run and then later came around to score on a Yasmani Grandal fielder’s choice. Clayton Kershaw only pitched into the sixth, as he’s still building stamina, but he was very Clayton Kersahw as he did it, allowing only one hit and striking out five.

Nationals 1, Mets 0: Tanner Roark shut ’em out for seven innings and the pen handled the rest. Wilson Ramos‘ homer in the seventh was the game’s only scoring.

Orioles 1, Red Sox 0: Kevin Gausman shut ’em out for eight innings and the pen handled the rest. Mark Trumbo‘s homer in the second was the game’s only scoring.

Brewers 7, Reds 0: Junior Guerra shut ’em out for six innings and the pen handled the rest. Scooter Gennett‘s homer in the third inning, Domingo Santana‘s homer in the eighth inning and Manny Pina‘s RBI single in the second inning was the game’s only scoring. OK, this pattern is starting to break down.

Athletics 8, Royals 0: Sean Manaea shut ’em out for five innings and the pen handled the rest. Yonder Alonso‘s double in the first inning, Marcus Semien‘s double in the third inning, Bruce Maxwell‘s single in the third inning, Khris Davis‘ single in the eighth inning and Ryon Healy‘s single in the eighth inning was the game’s only scoring.

Yup, six shutouts went down yesterday. Good effort, you guys.

Phillies 6, Pirates 2: Freddy Galvis homered again. That’s 19 on the year for him, 10 of which have come in the past 32 games after he said he adjusted his swing. Before this year his career high for homers was 7 and he had a grand total of 20 career homers in 322 games before this year so, yeah, I’d say that’s an adjustment.

Tigers 9, Twins 6: It was tied at six entering the bottom of the seventh when Miguel Cabrera homered to give Detroit the lead. They added two more in the eighth via an Ian Kinsler single and a wild pitch. Kinsler went 4-for-5 with three RBI in all and Cameron Maybin and Cabrera each drove in a pair. Detroit is a game back of the Jays for the Wild Card now.

Mariners 2, Angels 1: Eight straight wins for the Mariners, thanks to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager homers. Seattle is right on the Tigers’ tails, one and a half back of the second wild card.

Marlins 7, Braves 5: Game highlight: Marcell Ozuna throwing out a runner at first base from right field. It was a pitcher, but it’s still pretty impressive. Ozuna also hit a three-run homer, so he had quite a night. Earlier, the benches cleared after Braves pitchers threw two separate pitches at Jose Fernandez’s head. This came after an exchange of plunkings in which Fernandez hit Nick Markakis on the hip with a fastball — Markakis had homered earlier — and Julio Teheran plunked Martin Prado. Somewhere in that Braves dugout likewise remains institutional memory of the Braves and Fernandez getting into it a couple of years ago over home run trots and other assorted bullcrap. All of which is dumb, honor culture nonsense that could easily get someone seriously hurt and looks particularly bad on a couple of teams going nowhere.

Indians 6, White Sox 1: Jose Ramirez tripled in a couple of runs, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer and Josh Tomlin was effective for five innings. There were 1,122 fewer dogs at this game than there were the night before.

Astros 8, Rangers 4: Hey, the Astros beat the Rangers. That’s rare. It was costly, however, as both Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman eft with injuries. An oblique and a hamstring, respectively. Turn out the light, Houston, the party’s over.

Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 6: Jean Segura homered twice — he did it the day before too — as the Dbacks sweep the Rockies. Arizona scored 34 runs in the three-game series. The Rockies should go back to Colorado now and think about what they’ve done. The rest of us should never speak of this abominable baseball again.

And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

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Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: Alex Rodriguez didn’t get a hit but he did drive in a run with a 10-foot dribbler in front of the plate with the bases loaded. Still counts, right? Especially considering they walked Chase Headley to get to him. Just before that another guy who was booed loudly by the Boston crowd — former Sox player Jacoby Ellsbury — hit a two-run double which should have been an out but which Andrew Benintendi muffed.

Indians 14, Angels 4: Mike Napoli was 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, Lonnie Chisenhall drove in four as well. Carlos Santana hit a homer but he also had to leave the game after being smacked in the head with a foul ball while sitting in the dugout, so that ain’t great. The Tribe had a five-run first inning and a four-run fifth inning.

Cubs 4, Cardinals 3: Zach Duke gave a free pass to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th for the walkoff walk. The 10th straight win for Chicago. Even worse than the loss for the Cardinals — which put them 13 games back of the Cubs in the Central — was losing Matt Holliday to a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch in the 10th inning.

Diamondbacks 9, Mets 0: That was an ugly game and an ugly series for the Mets. The opposite for the Dbacks, of course, but it’s the Mets who, until recently anyway, people thought would do something this year. I suppose they still can — they’re three back in the Wild Card and it’s not like there are 50 teams ahead of them — but it’s getting late pretty early for New York. Tuffy Gosewisch, homered and tripled in a run. A lot of other Dbacks did things too, but I just like to say “Tuffy Gosewisch.” Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch, Tuffy Gosewisch.

Pirates 4, Padres 0Jameson Taillon tossed eight shutout innings and David Freese singled in one run and doubled in another. Taillon only needed 101 pitches and got Clint Hurdle to use the phrase “pitch efficiency” after the game, which I’m going to take as his second nod to advanced metrics this week, even if “pitch efficiency” is not, that I know of anyway, an actual advanced metric as much as it is a fancy way of saying “he didn’t use many pitches.” In this way it’s like how I sometimes make up phrases around my kids to act like I have a better grasp on the world than I actually do. Things like “spatial optimization” when I really just mean “clean your damn room.”

Astros 15, Twins 7; Astros 10, Twins 2: That was a whole bunch of runs Twins pitchers allowed over the course of a doubleheader. Jose Altuve was 4-for-5 with three RBI in the first game. Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and singled in a fourth run in the nightcap.

Rockies 12, Rangers 9: Carlos Gonzalez hit a pinch-hit, bases-loaded (and bases-clearing) double to cap a five-run rally in the eighth inning for the Rockies. This after Colorado had blown a 4-0 lead. Game time temperature in Arlington was 98 degrees and it was steamy as all get-out. I don’t approve of the Rangers getting a new stadium at taxpayer expense, but I do approve of there being a domed park down there because that is just a ridiculous place to play day games in August.

Brewers 11, Braves 3: The Brewers scored at least one run in every inning. That’s not something you see happen every day. Indeed, it has only happened on 15 previous occasions in all of major league history. That’s more rare than a perfect game or a batter finishing his career with 3,000 hits or 500 homers. Catcher Manny Pina drove in three of ’em.

Orioles 9, Athletics 6: Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam, which served as his 32nd homer on the season, which leads all of baseball. He drove in five in all. Chris Tillman won his 15th game, allowing two runs over seven. Zach Britton notched his 35th save of the year, dropped his ERA down to a microscopic 0.56 and extended his scoreless appearances streak to 39, which is a major league record. Heck, the last time he was charged with a run — back on April 30 — it was because Vance Worley allowed an inherited runner who was the responsibility of Britton to score. In a year without a truly dominant starter in the American League, Britton will get some Cy Young hype for sure.

Royals 2, White Sox 1: Danny Duffy tossed a complete game, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out six. Two starts before this one he flirted with a no-hitter. Gonna go out on a limb and say he’s got some great stuff.