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Blue Jays acquire shortstop Aledmys Diaz from the Cardinals

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Cardinals have traded shortstop Aledmys Diaz to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league outfielder J.B. Woodman.

Diaz, 27, finished fifth in National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2016. His 2017 left a lot to be desired, batting .259/.290/.392 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 301 plate appearances. Diaz was demoted to Triple-A Memphis during the season.

Diaz won’t become eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season and won’t become eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season, so the Jays will have a cost-controlled infielder for many years.

Woodman, 22, was selected by the Jays in the second round of the 2016 draft. This past season, with Single-A Lansing, he hit .240/.320/.378 in 414 plate appearances.

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.