The Dodgers sign Juan Rivera for one year, $4.5 million

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Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi tweets that the Dodgers have signed outfielder Juan Rivera to one-year, $4.5 million contract. The deal is, as always, pending a physical. The $4.5 million is a pay cut from the $5.25 million he made in 2011.

Rivera split time between the Blue Jays and the Dodgers last year, coming to L.A. in a midseason trade after the Jays DFA’d him. Last winter he was part of the Mike Napoli/Vernon Wells deal, moving from Anaheim to Toronto.

In 521 overall plate appearances he hit .258/.319/.382 with 11 homers. He can play some first base too, so he’s a credible bench/utility guy even if the hitting doesn’t improve enough to justify a starting corner outfield job. Which it probably won’t, but he’s not chopped liver either.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.