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After five years in majors, Terrance Gore got his first major league hit

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Terrance Gore debuted in the majors with the Royals on September 2, 2014, but he didn’t get his first hit im the major leagues until September 8, 2018 with the Cubs. Gore has appeared in only 55 major league games over those five years and has been used almost exclusively as a pinch-runner and a defensive replacement late in ballgames. The light-hitting Gore, as a result, had been hitless in 15 major league plate appearances entering Saturday’s action, a doubleheader against the Nationals.

Gore replaced Ben Zobrist in left field in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of the doubleheader. He later came to the plate with a runner on and no outs in the top of the ninth inning with his team trailing 10-1.

Facing Max Scherzer, Gore grounded a 1-0 fastball up the middle for a single, perfectly placed between shortstop Trea Turner and second baseman Wilmer Difo. Gore would later come around to score as the Cubs plated two runs in the final frame, but ultimately lost 10-3.

Gore pinch-ran in game two of the doubleheader, promptly stealing both second and third base before coming around to score on a Kris Bryant double.

Peter Bourjos returns to the Angels on minor league deal

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Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.

Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.

The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.