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Reds claim Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins

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The Reds announced on Wednesday that the club claimed catcher Juan Graterol off waivers from the Twins.

Graterol, 29, spent most of 2018 at Triple-A with the Angels (Salt Lake) and Twins (Rochester). There, he hit an aggregate .301/.330/.354 in 219 plate appearances. The Twins called him up in late September but he appeared in only three games. In his career, Graterol has played in 61 major league games and mustered a meager .501 OPS.

With the Reds, Graterol will serve as organizational depth. The Reds already have Tucker Barnhart and Curt Casali behind the plate, but it never hurts to have insurance.

Félix Hernández passes Don Drysdale on all-time strikeouts leaderboard

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández pitched well enough for a win on Wednesday afternoon, but Padres starter Chris Paddack was just a little bit better. Hernández allowed one run on three hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in the Mariners’ 1-0 loss. Paddack tossed seven scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts.

With eight strikeouts on the day, Hernández passed Don Drysdale to move into 36th place on Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeouts leaderboard at 2,488. Max Scherzer currently sits in 35th place at 2,493. Christy Mathewson is Hernández’s next target at 2,507.

On the season, Hernández is now 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA and a 21/3 K/BB ratio across 25 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old had a rough 2017 and ’18, but the first-place Mariners are hoping he has something left in the tank. Hernández is earning $27 million this season and can become a free agent after the season.