Robinson Cano hit his 200th career homer

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The Yankees found themselves down 4-0 in the second inning but they came back with three more runs in the third thanks to Robinson Cano’s three-run homer.  It was his 200th in his career. Here it is:

Andrew Mearns of Pinstriped Bible had a nice post recently about Cano’s milestone homers in the past. I’m guessing many wouldn’t have guessed that his first one came off of Doug Creek. I’m guessing most people outside of the Creek family are even aware of Doug Creek.

As we mentioned on HBT Daily this morning, Cano is poised for a big, big contract. The question, given his age, the history of second basemen aging poorly and given how many large, albatross contracts given to guys on the wrong side of 30 we’ve seen lately, is what kind of Cano can expect. And whether his best baseball is behind him along with those 200 homers.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.