Next time the Tigers try to send Ryan Raburn to the minors he can decline

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Ryan Raburn’s up-and-down performances have led to the Tigers demoting him to the minors in four of the past five seasons, but those days are over.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Raburn–at age 31 and with 1,645 plate appearances in the majors–now has enough service time to decline an assignment to the minors without forfeiting his salary, which is $2.1 million for this season.

His last demotion to Triple-A came less than a month ago, but the Tigers called him back up two weeks later and now they’re stuck with him despite a .163 batting average in 41 games. If they attempt to option him to the minors again Raburn has the right to decline, keep his full salary, and become a free agent.

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.