Report: Orioles agree to a deal with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have agreed to a deal with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda, pending a physical. No word yet on the terms involved.

Miranda threw for teams last month at a showcase last month at the University of Miami alongside Andy Ibanez, Ariel Miranda, and Gelkis Jimenez, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Ibanez, an infielder, has been the most highly-regarded name in that group.

Miranda pitched in Cuba’s Serie Nacional from 2007-2013 and posted a 3.78 ERA over 64 starts and 16 relief appearances. The 25-year-old averaged 6.4 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 during his time there.

Watch: Christian Yelich continues to make a case for NL MVP repeat

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Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.

The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.

While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.

Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.

It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.