The Royals acquire former number one pick!

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Here are the overall number one picks from the past decade:  Adrian Gonzalez; Joe Mauer; Bryan Bullington; Delmon Young; Matt Bush; Justin Upton; Luke Hochevar; David Price; Tim Beckham; Stephen Strasburg.

Guess which one the Royals just acquired!

If your answer is “the worst one,” well, you’re wrong, because that would be Matt Bush and he’s out of the game.  If it’s “the second worst one” you’re right! At long last, Bryan Bullington is a Royal!  He’s almost 30 and he has pitched all of 39 innings in the big leagues.  Unless something extraordinary happens he’s not going to contribute all that much. But hey, maybe he and Luke Hochevar can pass the time in the bullpen talking about how cool it was to be number one overall picks.

I know. This is boring. Try to contain your excitement. They’ll announce the MVP in less than an hour and we can all argue about that then.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.