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Cardinals sign Bud Norris to one-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have signed right-hander Bud Norris to a one-year deal. Details are not yet known, as it’s still pending a physical.

Norris was good last year — he struck out 74 batters in 62 innings — though he faded late. He served as the Angels closer for much of last season before moving into various other roles. Those various other roles brought some controversy with them in that Norris would’ve earned a $500,000 bonus for 60 games out of the pen, only to pitch in relief in 57 games before making three late season starts. For his part, Norris took no issue with that, and his agent suggested that showing he could still start would help him once he hit free agency, but it was certainly notable.

How the Cardinals will use him is unclear at the moment, but Norris certainly gives them some flexibility.

The Brewers aren’t going to give up the National League pennant easily

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The Dodgers only need one more win to clinch the NL pennant and advance to a World Series showdown against the Red Sox, but they might not get that chance tonight. Following David Freese‘s leadoff home run off of Milwaukee left-hander Wade Miley, the Brewers erupted for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.

In his second start of the NLCS, Dodgers’ southpaw Hyun-Jin Ryu had a two-on, two-out situation when Jesus Aguilar came up to the plate in the first inning. Aguilar worked a 2-1 count against Ryu, then lashed a two-run line drive double to right field, bringing both Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun home to score. In the next at-bat, Mike Moustakas drove in Aguilar with a first-pitch double to right, while Erik Kratz‘s RBI single topped off the Brewers’ four-run spread to give them an early 4-1 advantage.

Ryu didn’t get a reprieve for long. In the second, Christian Yelich and Braun went back-to-back with another pair of doubles to advance the Brewers 5-1 above their National League rivals. The lefty was pulled after just three innings of seven-hit, five-run, three-strikeout ball — per MLB.com’s Bill Shaikin, it marked just the second time the 31-year-old had given up four or more runs in a start this season.

The Dodgers started to work their way back in the fifth inning: Freese returned with an RBI double that plated Brian Dozier, who scooted around from first and easily beat the tag at the plate to score the Dodgers’ second run of the night. Together, the teams have combined for five doubles in five innings. The Brewers still lead in the fifth, 5-2.