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Diamondbacks acquire Brad Boxberger from the Rays

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired righty reliever Brad Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Ray for minor league righty Curtis Taylor.

Boxberger, 29, had a fine year as far as rate stats go, posting a 3.38 ERA (123 ERA+) with a 40/11 K/BB ratio in 29.1 innings this past year with Tampa Bay. He missed roughly half the season though, with various minor injuries. He is also arbitration-eligible and is likely due to a raise over his $1.6 million salary for next season. While that’s not a lot, it’s a lot for the Rays, so this trade is best viewed as a financial move more than a baseball move.

In return, the Rays get Taylor, who started 13 games in A-ball this past season, positing a 3.32 ERA and a K/BB ratio 63/28 in 62.1 innings. He was a fourth round pick of the Dbacks in the 2016 draft.

Video: Zack Greinke homers off of Clayton Kershaw

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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke continued to swing a good stick, belting his third homer of the season on Monday night against the Dodgers. With the game tied 3-3 in the second inning, Greinke lined a 1-1 Clayton Kershaw fastball over the fence in left field for a solo homer.

Greinke is the third pitcher to homer off of Kershaw, joining Madison Bumgarner and Tyson Ross. He’s No. 4 if you count Brandon Woodruff‘s home run in Game 1 of the NLCS last year. Greinke now has three homers on the season, setting a career-high. He’s batting .314/.351/.686 with six RBI, seven runs scored, and a stolen base along with the trio of dingers. Absurd numbers from a pitcher.