Giants lead Royals 1-0 in the third inning of Game 5

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The Giants are on the scoreboard first in Game 5 of the World Series against the Royals. The two teams are deadlocked in the series with two wins apiece.

Facing starter James Shields in the second inning, the Giants put the first two runners on base with consecutive singles from Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt. Travis Ishikawa then pushed both runners into scoring position with a deep fly ball to center field, which allowed both to tag up and advance. Brandon Crawford brought in Pence on a 4-3 ground out. Shields was able to retire Madison Bumgarner, always a tough out, with a ground ball to third base.

Bumgarner has looked sharp through three innings, holding the Royals scoreless on a pair of singles. He has struck out five and issued no walks on 40 pitches.

Braves sign Marcell Ozuna to one-year, $18 million deal

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The Braves have announced on Tuesday evening the signing of free agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a one-year contract for $18 million.

Ozuna, 29, hit .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs, 89 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances for the Cardinals last season. He’s been consistently above-average in each of the past four seasons, which also included a career year in 2017 in which he was worth 6.1 WAR, per Baseball Reference.

It is surprising that Ozuna, a two-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner, had to settle for a one-year deal. The Braves are happy he did as he will help make up for some of the offense lost when third baseman Josh Donaldson became a free agent and ultimately signed with the Twins. Ozuna can become a free agent again after the 2020 season but won’t have qualifying offer compensation attached to him, part of the reason why his market may have been slow to develop.

Along with Ozuna, the Braves have signed in free agency this offseason reliever Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud. They re-signed relievers Chris Martin and Darren O'Day, catcher Tyler Flowers, infielder Adeiny Hechavarría, and outfielder Nick Markakis.