The Cubs are talking to Mark Buehrle

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Jon Paul Morosi tweeted last night that the Cubs have had multiple conversations with Mark Buehrle.

You figure that there will be umpteen teams who have at least some level of communication Buehrle so this isn’t monumental.  But at least there are a couple of cool things about this prospect of Buehrle playing in Wrigley.  For starters, Buehrle wouldn’t have to move. And man, selling a house still isn’t easy these days.

Added bonus: he could get added to this longer-than-I-thought-it-would-be list of guys who played for both the Cubs and the White Sox.

Yeah, I know. I miss the regular season too.

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.