Dodgers close to re-signing J.P. Howell

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Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are close to re-igning left-hander J.P. Howell to a multi-year contract.

Howell was said to be talking to the Rockies last week before Colorado decided to sign fellow southpaw reliever Boone Logan to a three-year, $15 million contract.

Despite throwing in the high-80s with his fastball Howell has consistently been excellent in setup roles, including posting a 2.03 ERA and 54/23 K/BB ratio in 62 innings for the Dodgers this year at age 30.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.