Tony La Russa thought the Brewers were up to some funny business last night

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You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the home plate area was darker when they were batting than it was for the Brewers.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Cardinals lost the game 6-2.

Anyway, the Brewers heard from the commissioner’s office and were given no edict to change anything with the lighting.

“It’s all been handled,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “I really don’t have any comment on it.

“We didn’t change anything. There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed.”

While this sounds like a baseless claim on the part of La Russa, Haudricourt writes that whispers of the Brewers “cheating” at Miller Park are nothing new. It’s only natural, since they are a major-league best 40-14 at home this season as opposed to 21-35 on the road.

Asdrubal Cabrera signs with the Texas Rangers

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical. He’ll be paid $3.5 million, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. Rosenthal reports that Cabrera will primarily play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, who has retired.

It’s a fairly low price given that Cabrera hit 23 homers and posted a line of .262/.316/.458 (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season but, as is the case with so many other veteran free agents, there did not appear to be much of a market developing for his services. He’ll at least get a lot of playing time in Texas, it would seem.