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Update: Dodgers, Hisashi Iwakuma agree on three-year deal

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Update #2 (9:45 PM EST): It’s a three-year deal, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Update (8:19 PM EST): Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the two sides aren’t in agreement yet, but it is believed that the two sides will indeed reach an agreement.

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Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM is reporting that the Dodgers and starter Hisashi Iwakuma have come to an agreement on a contract. There was a run on starting pitching in free agency and the Dodgers came up empty — watching Zack Greinke sign with the division rival Diamondbacks — so they reportedly pushed for Iwakuma on Saturday night and reached a conclusion on Sunday.

The Mariners and Giants were both reportedly in the mix for Iwakuma. The right-hander declined the Mariners’ $15.8 million qualifying offer, which means the Mariners will get draft pick compensation and the Dodgers will forfeit their first-round draft pick. They will, however, get two picks back as Greinke and Howie Hendrick each declined the club’s $15.8 million qualifying offers.

Iwakuma suffered a strained lat muscle during the first half of this past season, and he made only 20 starts as a result. He posted a 3.54 ERA with a 1.064 WHIP and a 111/21 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings.

Details of the contract are not yet known but we will pass them along as soon as they are made available.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.