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Twins hire Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer, LaTroy Hawkins as special assistants

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The Twins announced today that they’ve hired Torii Hunter, Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins as special assistants. It’s the usual special assistant gig: go to Spring Training to coach and mentor young people while simultaneously making Twins fans feel good about about a time when their club did not feel so miserable.

Indeed, the only surprising thing about is is that Nick Punto and Jacque Jones didn’t get hired too.

 

 

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.