Cashman: “I have a personal and professional life”

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addressed his alleged affair on Sunday in Yankees camp, likely in the hope that it won’t be a lingering topic of discussion throughout the team’s time in Tampa.

Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York:

“I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman told reporters on the day pitchers and catchers reported at Yankees spring training. “I will continue to do my job to the best of my abilities.”

The whole thing is ugly and undoubtedly damaging to Cashman’s personal reputation, but the Yankees pay him to make baseball decisions and they have great reason to be satisfied with the job he has done.

Cashman’s issues at home are … well … issues at home.

Unless Yankees ownership finds evidence of his job performance being negatively affected by the mess (or the coverage of it), they’re going to stay the course and hope for quiet. It’s hard to imagine what that evidence would even look like.

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.