Cole Hamels throws shutout, builds awesome playground

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Fresh off Tuesday’s shutout of the Braves, Cole Hamels spent Wednesday at a ribbon cutting for the Philadelphia playground renovated thanks to a $300,000 grant from his foundation.

Phillies.com has pictures from the scene at Bayard Taylor Elementary.

Besides all of the playground equipment, the project includes a technology station and a greenhouse. It’s quite the nice setup, particularly with the Hamels-stamped mural serving as a backdrop.

Astros officially announce the Michael Brantley signing

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The Astros officially announced their signing of outfielder Michael Brantley to a two-year, $32 million deal.

Brantley, 31, played a mostly full season last year for the first time since 2015. He hit .309/.364/.468 with 17 home runs, 76 RBI, 89 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 631 plate appearances. He made the AL All-Star squad for the third time in his career.

As previously reported, the Astros plan to rotate Brantley between left field, first base, and DH.

Merry Christmas, Mr. Brantley.