Carlos Zambrano signs with the Long Island Ducks

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Beware, Gatorade coolers of the Atlantic League:

 

Zambrano joins quite a famous assemblage of toasted talent on the Ducks roster, as Dontrelle Willis and Vlad Guerrero are already there.  Really, though, if Zambrano actually pitches well and doesn’t have any Zambranoesque meltdowns, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that he’ll get some looks for pitching-starved teams this summer.

Not that avoiding meltdowns is particularly likely.

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.