Braves are eyeing Bud Norris

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While I feel like the Braves might be OK without Tim Hudson it’s not my money I’m gambling with. It’s the Braves’ and they seem to feel like they need some starting pitching depth. To that end:

 

Norris is 6-9 with 90 strikeouts and 43 walks in 126 innings. He has posted a 3.93 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 21 starts this season and, really, the Astros don’t have much use for him given where they are on the old success cycle.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.