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The Giants and Pirates are discussing Andrew McCutchen

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants and the Pirates have “remained in contact” regarding Andrew McCutchen.

McCutchen started off slowly in 2017 but then went on a tear in June and July, slumped again in August but then was strong again in September. When it was all said and done he hit .279/.363/.486 with 28 homers, which is not too shabby. The Pirates exercised their $14.5 million option on McCutchen earlier this month.

2018 will be McCutchen’s tenth year as a Pirate but his last year under contract. It’s thus not too crazy to think that the Pirates might shop him in trades this offseason or early next season if he gets off to a quick start. It’s likewise not too crazy to think that the Giants, who are in desperate need of an outfielder and some offense, might be interested.

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.