Tigers sign Brayan Pena to minor league deal

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a minor league contract.

Pena, 36, spent his 2017 season at Triple-A Omaha, the affiliate of the Royals. There, he hit .274/.308/.298 in 134 plate appearances across 38 games. He has familiarity with the Tigers, having played for the club back in 2013.

Pena will most likely open the season at Triple-A Toledo, providing catching depth in the event of an injury to James McCann and/or Derek Norris.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.