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Blue Jays call up Brett Anderson

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The Toronto Blue Jays just announced that they have selected the contract of lefty Brett Anderson. He’ll make the start against the Boston Red Sox tonight.

Anderson signed with the Jays on August 14. Before that he made six starts for the Cubs earlier this season before landing on the disabled list with a lower back injury. The Cubs designated him for assignment on July 26.

It hasn’t been a good season for Anderson — he has a 8.18 ERA with a 16/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings — but he’s presumably healthy now. Or at least as healthy as Brett Anderson can be. And regardless of his early season struggles, he’s good option for the Jays who have used 13 starting pitchers this year. Anderson is number 14.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.