Giants sign Kevin Frandsen to a minor league deal

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Utilityman Kevin Frandsen, recently released by the Diamondbacks, has signed a minor league deal with the Giants, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He’ll report to Triple-A Sacramento and serve as organizational depth for the Giants.

Frandsen, 33, was taken by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2004 draft. He spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Giants and has since played in the organizations of the Angels, Red Sox Phillies, Nationals, and Diamondbacks. He has experience playing all four infield positions as well as corner outfield.

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.