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Video: Amy Crawford watches fiance strike out her brother


Pretty cool moment here from Saturday’s game between the Giants and Pirates at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park. Amy Crawford — the sister of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and fiance of Pirates ace Gerrit Cole — was in the stands as the two faced off three different times. This was the fifth-inning meeting …

Cole also fanned Crawford in the sixth and got him to fly out in the second. Pittsburgh won 3-2.

Astros recall Lance McCullers for Sunday finale against the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw

Lance McCullers

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers was optioned to Double-A Corpus Christi on August 3 after failing to make it out of the first inning in a disastrous start against the Rangers. Houston’s braintrust wanted the 21-year-old to take a breather and come back ready to assist in the club’s final push for its first ever American League West title. That push is now on.

McCullers — owner of a cool 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts over his first 76 2/3 major league frames — has been recalled from the Double-A level and will start against Clayton Kershaw in Sunday’s series finale against the visiting Dodgers.

Houston got to Zack Greinke on Saturday for a 3-1 victory and Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter on Friday. This is coming together as a statement series for the ‘Stros here in late August.

As of Sunday morning, they hold a four-game lead in the AL West.

In the NL West, the Dodgers’ lead over the Giants is just 1 1/2.

Mariners designate Fernando Rodney for assignment

Fernando Rodney

From the official Twitter account of the Seattle Mariners Baseball Information Department …

Rodney led the major leagues in saves last year with 48, but he’s taken a nosedive in 2015. Including his disastrous outing Friday against the White Sox, in which he allowed three runs while recording only one out, the 38-year-old right-hander holds a 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 50 2/3 innings this season.

Rodney is still owed a bit more money on the two-year, $14 million free agent contract that he signed with the Mariners in February 2014, so he is probably going to pass through waivers without a claim.

This might be the end — or the beginning of the end — for one of MLB’s most colorful relievers.