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Braves sign Jason Motte to a minor league deal

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The Braves announced on Sunday night that the club signed veteran reliever Jason Motte to a minor league deal. He will report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday and provide bullpen depth for the Braves organization. The Rockies designated him for assignment at the end of March and released him last Wednesday.

Motte, 34, posted a 4.94 ERA with a 24/8 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings for the Rockies last season. He missed a month and a half between late July and mid-September with a rotator cuff injury.

Motte was a reliable reliever for the Cardinals between 2010-12, but injuries and age have hampered his effectiveness. The Braves won’t be relying on him in many high-leverage situations if he does get called up.

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.