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Rangers acquire catcher Bryan Holaday from the Tigers


John Blake, the Rangers’ executive VP of communications, announced on Twitter that the club has acquired catcher Bryan Holaday from the Tigers in exchange for pitcher Myles Jaye and catcher Bobby Wilson. The Rangers designated pitcher Sam Freeman for assignment to clear up room on the 40-man roster.

The trade doesn’t come as any surprise as Holaday was out of options and the Tigers were set to break camp with a catching corps of James McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The Rangers have had a much-publicized need for catching help, including sustained interest in the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy.

Holaday, 28, has a career .251/.283/.340 batting line. He will serve as the back-up to starter Robinson Chirinos.

Wilson, who turns 33 in April, has a career .204/.267/.303 batting line.

Jaye, 24, spent the 2015 season in the White Sox minor league system at Double-A Birmingham. He made 26 starts with a 3.29 ERA and a 104/47 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings.

Vanderbilt defeats Michigan 8-2 to win College World Series

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Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 in a decisive Game 3 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series. It’s Vanderbilt’s first championship since 2014 when the school defeated Virginia 3-2. Surprisingly, the 10 combined runs made this the highest-scoring College World Series-clinching game since 2009 when LSU beat Texas 11-4.

Michigan got on the board early, beginning the top of the first with three consecutive singles to take a 1-0 lead. Vanderbilt tied it at 1-1 with a solo homer from Pat DeMarco.

Vanderbilt took control of the game in the third and fourth innings, scoring three and two times, respectively. In the third, DeMarco drew a bases loaded walk and Stephen Scott followed up with a two-run single to make it 4-1. In the fourth, Vandy got a run on an RBI single from J.J. Bleday and a sacrifice fly from Ethan Paul. Harrison Ray added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead to 7-1. After Michigan scratched out another run in the top of the eighth, Vanderbilt got it right back in the bottom half thanks to an RBI single by Philip Clarke.

On the pitching side of things, Mason Hickman delivered six strong innings for Vandy. He yielded the lone run on four hits and three walks while striking out 10. He gave way to Jake Eder in the seventh, who worked a 1-2-3 frame. Eder remained in the game for the eighth, relenting a run on a two-out double, but it was too little, too late for Michigan. Going out in the ninth inning for a third inning, Eder worked around a two-out walk to close out the ballgame in an 8-2 victory for Vanderbilt.