Andrew Cashner, Rangers, close to a deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are close to signing Andrew Cashner.’s T.R. Sullivan says it’s a one-year, $10 million contract, though nothing has been announced officially.

Cashner, who pitched for the Padres and Marlins last year, throws hard and has had flashes of promise but he’s coming off a year in which he posted a 5.25 ERA in 132 innings.

$10 million is actually a bargain for a starting pitcher these days. It’s hard to see how a switch to the American League and Globe Life Park will help Cashner, however.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.