Giants ink Dontrelle Willis to minor league contract

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He’s baccccck…  Well, kinda.

According to the Giants’ official Twitter feed, the club has signed left-handed castoff Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Fresno.

Willis was dumped by the Diamondbacks on July 4 after allowing 14 earned runs and 27 walks in 21.1 innings as both a reliever and starter in the desert.  It’s not clear what the Giants want from him or why they think he might succeed with another crack at the National League West, but it’s a fairly low-risk contract.

The 28-year-old Willis began the 2010 season with the Tigers and has posted a a 5.62 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP in 65.2 total innings this season.  He also has a disastrous 47/56 K/BB ratio.  Fresno may be his home for quite a while unless he somehow regains the form that he showed years ago in Florida.

Bryce Harper shaved his beard

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Big news out of Washington, D.C. — MLB.com’s Jamal Collier reports that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has shaved his signature beard. We don’t have any photos as of yet, but Harper did recently post this photo of himself, with a mere five o’clock shadow, from six years ago which can give us a reference point.

6 years ago today!🙌🏻 #19to25

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It hasn’t been the best sports day in the nation’s capital, as Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also announced he was stepping down as head coach after having led his team to a championship.

The Yankees, which coincidentally has a well-known no-facial-hair policy, are in town to make up a suspended game from May 15 and a postponed game from May 16. The suspended game will resume in the top of the sixth inning at 5:05 PM ET. The other game should start shortly after the conclusion of the resumed game. In that game, Sonny Gray will start opposite Erick Fedde.