First time for everything: Roy Halladay walks opposing pitcher

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For the first time in his career, Roy Halladay walked an opposing pitcher Tuesday, giving Josh Johnson a free pass with one out in the third inning in the game against the Marlins.

Johnson advanced to third on a Chris Coghlan double and then scored on a sac fly from Emilio Bonifacio.

Halladay, of course, only had to face pitchers in interleague play during his time with the Blue Jays.  Still, he had taken on pitchers 87 times in his career.  They were 12-for-80 with two doubles, six sac bunts and a sac fly against him, which was good for a .150/.148/.175 line.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons — the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical.