Nelson Cruz bought a firetruck

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Nelson Cruz comes from a city in the Dominican Republic that, despite being home to nearly 300,000 people, does not have adequate firefighting equipment. Nelson Cruz decided to do something about that:

“In my hometown we don’t have ambulances or firetrucks, so I decided to buy one,” Cruz said. “It was yellow, so we had to paint it red.”

And, in conjunction with that, the company which provides ambulance service in Arlington, Texas donated two ambulances.  And the Rangers are paying to have the vehicles shipped to the Dominican Republic.

Very cool.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.