MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have acquired pitcher Andrew Faulkner from the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Orioles released Dariel Alvarez to create room on the 40-man roster for Faulkner.
Faulkner, 24, has logged only 16 1/3 innings in the majors, giving up eight earned runs on 16 hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts. The lefty spent most of last season at Triple-A Round Rock.
Alvarez, 28, learned on Wednesday that he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery. Alvarez was an outfielder but the Orioles decided to convert him to pitching. It’s a cold world out there.
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.