Vin Scully to cut back on his schedule next year

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Vin Scully is coming back for another year in the Dodgers broadcast booth in 2015, but he may cut it back. Scully already limits road trips to Arizona, San Francisco, Anaheim and San Diego, but next year he may just do Dodgers home games plus the interleague games in Anaheim. From Bill Shaikin at the L.A. Times:

“I’m going to go to Anaheim for sure,” Scully said Tuesday night. “But I’m going to try to cut back on nights on the road. I really want to spend more time at home.”

Scully is reserving the right to do road games in San Francisco, Arizona and San Diego if the Dodgers are in contention, but will likely sit them out early in the season.

Guy has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants, of course. And a bit more than 50% of Dodgers games with Scully is better than no Dodgers games with Scully.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.