Brady Anderson got a promotion in the Orioles’ front office

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Brady Anderson, who was hired by the Orioles last winter as a special assistant to the director of baseball operations, has now been promoted to vice president of baseball operations.

That’s borderline in terms of a post-worthy topic, even on a slow news day, but I mostly just wanted to note this excellent bit of sportswriter snark from Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun:

No word yet on how their roles will change, but the shorter titles are expected to save paper in future press releases, confirming the club’s commitment to the environment.

A-plus work.

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.