Michael Cuddyer expects to return from disabled list Friday

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From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

Right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer said he is feeling much better after receiving a shot Tuesday to relieve the stiffness and soreness in his neck. He resumed baseball activities Saturday — throwing and hitting in the cage — and said he’ll be ready to come off the disabled list Friday.

Cuddyer will probably be sent to one of the Rockies’ minor league affiliates this week to play in a couple of rehab games. He has been sidelined since May 9 with an inflamed cervical disc. A little rest and an epidural injection brought him back to (or close to) full health.

Cuddyer, 34, was batting .319/.383/.580 with seven home runs and 23 RBI through his first 31 games.

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.