Angels, Jason Isringhausen reach minor league deal

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Jason Isringhausen has found a home for 2012.

According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a minor league contract Wednesday evening with the Angels. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Izzy will presumably have a shot at claiming a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen.

Isringhausen struggled to attract free agent interest this winter despite registering a solid 4.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 44/24 K/BB ratio across 46 2/3 innings last season with the Mets. The 39-year-old ranks third among active pitchers with 300 career saves.

UPDATE, 8:14 PM: Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says Izzy can opt out of the deal after spring training if he does not make the team. The righty has no desire to pitch at the Triple-A level.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.