Justin Morneau snapped homerless streak, high-fived invisible teammates

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Twins first baseman Justin Morneau went deep last night for the first time since way back on April 28, snapping a career-long streak of 168 at-bats without a homer.

But when the former MVP made his way back into the dugout looking for some congratulations the Twins jokingly ignored him, at which point Morneau took matters into his own hands (sort of):

Morneau explained afterward: “You can stand there and look like an idiot or high-five the air like an idiot. I chose to high-five the air like an idiot. It was fun.”

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.