Craig Calcaterra

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Johnny Cueto shows off his Happy Gilmore swing

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It’s been an entertaining week in the pitchers batting department. Bartolo Colon‘s homer. Noah Syndergaard‘s two homers. Now we have Johnny Cueto.

Cueto didn’t homer — he didn’t even get a hit – but he definitely took an interesting approach to an at bat in last night’s game against the Diamondbacks. Watch as he takes a running/hopping start at the pitch, Happy Gilmore-style. Sure, he grounded out to third, but at least he makes contact. That’s more than you could do, pal.

Matt Bush called up by the Rangers

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The Rangers are calling up Matt Bush.

Twelve years ago, Bush was drafted No. 1 overall by the San Diego Padres. Then his life spun out of control. He ended up serving three years in prison for running a man down while driving drunk. It was the last of a series of alcohol-related incidents which all but ended Bush’s baseball career before his final accident ultimately did. He was released last fall and signed a minor league deal with the Rangers, subject to serious oversight, including the requirement that his father live with him.

Bush is now 30. He’s also now a reliever. In the early going this season Bush has recorded five saves, 18 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings with Double-A Frisco. The Rangers obviously feel that his stuff — which was clocked at 95 m.p.h. last fall despite him being out of baseball since 2011 — is good enough to handle the majors. They apparently feel that Bush the person is able to handle it too.

Here’s hoping.

Rangers sign Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Kyle Lohse to a minor league contract. Lohse will make $2 million with $1.5 million more available in incentives if he makes it to the majors.

Lohse, 37, may be on his last hurrah. He’s coming off a season where he posted a 5.85 ERA over 37 games with a 108/43 K/BB ratio over 152 1/3 innings for the Brewers, 22 of which came as a starter.

He has started a season late before and he was effective in the years just prior to last season’s disappointing campaign, so it’s a pretty low risk move for Texas which could pay some decent dividends.