Red Sox re-acquire Jonathan Van Every

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Here’s a minor deal, as the Red Sox have re-acquired outfielder Jonathan Van Every from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Van Every, 30, had spent the previous two seasons in the Red Sox organization before signing a minor league deal with the Pirates in January. He batted .364 with a home run and three RBI in seven games with the big club last season, including a dramatic extra-inning home run last April. Van Every will be in uniform tonight, wearing No. 44, the number most recently worn by Jason
Bay.

In turn, the Red Sox have optioned outfielder Josh Reddick to Triple-A Pawtucket. As Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal points out, Reddick was unlikely to get regular at-bats over the next few days as the Red Sox are scheduled to face mostly left-handed starters.

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.