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Mike Pelfrey signs with the White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox have signed Mike Pelfrey to a minor league contract.

Pelfrey was just released by the Tigers, who still owe him $8 million on the two-year deal he signed in December of 2015. In the first year of that deal he posted a 5.07 ERA in 24 games, 22 of which came as a starter. Now he’ll report to Triple-A Charlotte and try to make it back to the bigs.

There are worse places for him to try to do that than the south side of Chicago. The Sox are rebuilding and rebuilding clubs need cannon fodder just as much as they need effective starters. With Carlos Rodon nursing a biceps injury, most of the future starters for the Sox too young to risk overworking and Jose Quintana on the trading block, there will likely be innings to be eaten at Guaranteed Rate Field before the the weather gets too hot.

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.