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Cardinals release Jonathan Broxton


The Cardinals released reliever Jonathan Broxton on Wednesday and called up pitcher John Gant from Triple-A Memphis, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Broxton, 32, struggled to a 6.89 ERA with a 16/11 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings this season with the Cardinals. He hasn’t been an above-average reliever since 2014, but since teams shuffle players in and out of bullpens so often throughout the year and pitchers are so prone to injuries, Broxton should get another shot soon enough.

Gant is returning to the majors for the first time this season. At Triple-A, he put up a 2.19 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings across three starts. He missed the first month-plus of the season with a strained groin.

Robert Andino suspended 50 games for testing positive for Amphetamine

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Orioles minor league infielder Robert Andino has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for Amphetamine, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports.

Andino, 33, has spent his 2017 season with Triple-A Norfolk. He’s currently hitting .234/.282/.375 in 206 plate appearances. For a couple of years back in 2011-12, Andino was a regular on the Orioles’ 25-man roster. While he didn’t hit much, his versatility was often of value to the team.

Andino played in 13 games at the majors with the Marlins last season, his first MLB action since 2013. Now with a looming 50-game suspension, Andino’s path back to the majors has gotten tougher.

Video: George Springer hits a 473-foot home run

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The first-place Astros trounced the first-place Twins on Wednesday by a 17-6 score, completing a sweep in the first leg of the team’s 10-game road trip. DH George Springer had quite a day, batting 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs and a pair of walks with four runs scored.

One of those home runs was a 473-foot solo shot to the upper deck in left-center field off of Ryan Pressly in the top of the seventh inning, extending the Astros’ lead to 7-5. According to Statcast, only the Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb (481 feet) has hit a home run for more distance this season.

The Astros improved to 38-16 with Wednesday’s win. Meanwhile, after Wednesday’s action, Springer is batting .265/.342/.500 with 13 home runs, 31 RBI, and 39 runs scored in 221 plate appearances.