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Kevin Quackenbush signs minor league deal with Dodgers

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The Dodgers have signed righty Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract. Yes, this is what is passing for news today. Don’t yell at me. I just work here.

Quackebush spent four seasons in the Padres pen before signing with the Reds last offseason. His stint with the Reds lasted all of ten games in April before he was sent down the the minors for the rest of the year. Those ten big league games were awful — he allowed 11 runs in nine innings of work — but he was pretty good at Louisville, posting a 2.68 ERA in 47 games while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings of work while not walking many.

He may still very well be a minor league reliever next year, but perhaps he figured things out in his four months on the farm.

Luke Voit avoids concussion after taking 91 mph fastball to face

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Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exited Saturday’s game under less-than-ideal conditions after a 91.4-m.p.h. fastball caught him on the chin in the fourth inning. Following his removal, he passed the standard concussion protocol testing, though the Yankees will likely play it safe with the infielder over the next few days.

With one out and a runner on first, Voit stepped up to bat against Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth inning. He had just worked an 0-2 count against Bettis when the mishap occurred — a fastball that deflected off of his shoulder and met his chin. Voit took a few moments to recover, then took first base before he was eventually lifted from the game at the top of the fifth.

Prior to his exit, the first baseman went 0-for-1 with a walk. He was subsequently replaced by DJ LeMahieu, who shifted over from third to first base while Gio Urshela stepped in at the hot corner.

The Yankees currently lead the Rockies 11-5 in the eighth.