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Byung Ho Park is going back to Korea

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Twins 1b/DH Byung Ho Park has agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract to return to the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Organization.

Park was still owed $6.5 million by the Twins, but he’ll leave that on the table. Whether that works out for him financially is an open question, but it’s pretty clear at this point that the Twins don’t have major league plans for him.

The 31-year-old hit .191/.275/.409 with 12 homers and 24 RBI in 244 plate appearances with the Twins in 2016 and spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester where he hit .253/.308/.415 with 14 homers, 60 RBI and posted a terrible K/BB ratio in 111 games.

He was worth a shot by the Twins and he was pretty brave in taking the shot himself, but it just didn’t work out for him in the U.S.

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.