Padres sign Bud Norris to major league contract

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune shares the news …

Norris was designated for assignment by the Orioles on July 31 and then subsequently released nine days later. He posted a cool 3.65 ERA (106 ERA+) in 28 starts last season for Baltimore but stumbled to a 7.06 ERA in 11 starts and seven relief appearances this season. The 30-year-old right-hander will try to rebuild some value in San Diego before he heads into the free agent market this winter. Norris was making $8.8 million in his final year of salary arbitration. Baltimore is still on the hook for around $2.85 million of that.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”