Explaining the steroid scandal in four panels

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The always on-point Randall Munroe of XKCD — who basically ended sportswriting as we know it with this cartoon — is on point once again this morning:

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It’s sports, people. That’s all it is. Whenever you’re tempted to think that something some athlete or coach has done is truly dire, remember, it’s just sports.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.