The Dodgers sign Ron Belliard

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MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have come to terms with Ron Belliard on a one-year, $850,000 deal.

Belliard was hot down stretch for L.A. last year, hitting .351/.398/.636 in 24 games and taking Orlando Hudson’s job. He started all of the Dodgers’ playoff games, reaching base 13 times in 34 plate appearances against the Cardinals and Phillies.

Belliard is obviously not going to be a 1.000 OPS player in 2010, but you had to figure that Joe Torre wasn’t entirely comfortable with second base coming down to a Jamey Carroll-Blake DeWitt battle.  Now he’s got options. 

Video: Willy Adames takes Chris Sale yard for first major league homer

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Rays shortstop prospect Willy Adames took Red Sox starter and 2017 AL Cy Young Award runner-up Chris Sale yard for his first major league home run on Tuesday night. It was his second major league at-bat. The dinger cut the Rays’ deficit to 3-1.

The Rays called Adames up from Triple-A Durham ahead of Tuesday’s game. Adames is the Rays’ No. 2 prospect and No. 22 in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. With Durham, he hit .311/.387/.466 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 173 plate appearances.

Manager Kevin Cash said that Adames is only going to be with the Rays for two or three days while Joey Wendle is on paternity leave, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported. Adames is making his case to stay longer.