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.

Mets sign Matt Kemp to minor league deal

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The Mets have had a lot of injuries in their outfield. How many? So many that they’re bringing in Matt Kemp, who they just signed on a minor league deal. Hey, why not? He’s functionally free.

Kemp was released by the Reds earlier this month after batting just .200/.210/.283 over 62 plate appearances. While he was a pretty useful player for the first half of the 2018 season for the Dodgers, the odds of him making major contributions to the Mets this year are probably about the same odds there were on Adrián González making an impact when the Mets signed him last year. But again: what’s the harm?