Paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor won’t sign with Rangers

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No deal will come of the Rangers’ move to draft paralyzed University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd-round in the MLB draft earlier this month.  Instead, Taylor, who was injured in an outfield collision with teammate and now fellow Rangers draftee Zach Cone on March 6, will remain part of the baseball program at Georgia while working to complete his degree.

The Rangers have made a donation to the fund supporting Taylor’s rehab, and they invited him on the field along with their other Georgia-based draft picks prior to Saturday’s game against the Braves in Atlanta.  Once Taylor completes school, the hope is that he’ll become a part of the Rangers organization in some capacity.

In the meantime, he still has bigger priorities.

“Right now my goal is to get better in rehab, focus on trying to get my legs back up under me again. Start walking, running, and get back up on that field again,” he said Saturday.

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.