HBT Daily: a real rivalry weekend is ahead of us

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We were treated to interleague rivalries this past week. Well, some anyway. I think it strains the word “rivalry” to call Detroit vs. Pittsburgh and Seattle vs. San Diego “rivalries.”

But this weekend we have some good ones. One traditional — the Red Sox vs. the Yankees — and two that are more recently competitive-based rivalries in the Braves vs. Nationals and Giants vs. Cardinals. Fun stuff, which Kay and I talk a bit about in today’s HBT Daily:

 

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.