Watch Carlos Beltran throw out Josh Beckett at first

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Josh Beckett slapped what figured to be a single into right field in the third inning Thursday against the Cardinals. Carlos Beltran had other plans. He threw out Beckett at first base on the play.

As you can see, Beckett did run out of the box, and he only pulled up at the end when he realized the throw was going to beat him. It wasn’t a lack of hustle on his part; it was just the combination of a well-hit ball, a slow runner, and a very good throw from an excellent outfielder who was playing shallow.

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.