Indians sign outfielder Robbie Grossman

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Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Indians have agreed to a minor-league contract with outfielder Robbie Grossman, who was recently released by the Astros.

Grossman was once a very intriguing prospect thanks to his excellent plate discipline and consistently huge on-base percentages, but he’s hit just .240 with 11 homers and a .668 OPS in 190 games as a big leaguer through age 25.

Cleveland has been looking for outfield depth in case left fielder Michael Brantley misses a big chunk of the season following shoulder surgery and Grossman could crack the Opening Day roster as a part-timer.

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.