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Indians claim Joey Butler off waivers from the Rays

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In need of outfielders, the Indians announced this afternoon that they claimed Joey Butler off waivers from the Indians.

Butler, who turns 30 in March, was designated for assignment by the Rays last month after batting .276 with eight home runs and a .742 OPS in 88 games this past season. He started out strong after being called up in May, but saw limited playing time during the second half. There’s not a ton of upside here, but the Indians could use some depth with Michael Brantley expected to miss the start of the season after shoulder surgery.

One interesting wrinkle with this move is that Butler is now teammates with Carlos Carrasco. You might remember that Butler spoiled Carrasco’s no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning back on July 1. Ouch. Carrasco took to Twitter today to say there’s no hard feelings.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.