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Micah Johnson claimed off waivers again, this time by the Rays

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Infielder Micah Johnson has been claimed off waivers for a third time this offseason, this time by the Rays from the Giants, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Johnson, 26, was first claimed off waivers by the Reds from the Braves on October 26. On October 30, the Giants claimed him from the Reds. Now, nearly a month later, he’s been claimed by a third team. Such is the life of a fringe major leaguer.

Across parts of three seasons with the White Sox, Dodgers, and Braves, Johnson has hit .224/.291/.259 in 131 plate appearances. He has added the outfield to his defensive repertoire, so whatever team he ultimately sticks with may choose to use him in a utility role.

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.