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Nationals sign Brian Dozier to one-year, $9 million deal

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Jeff Passan reports that the Washington Nationals have signed second baseman Brian Dozier to a one-year, $9 million deal.

Dozier, 31, split time with the Twins and Dodgers last season, putting up a combined line of .215/.305/.391 with 21 homers in 151 games. That was a considerable falloff from what he had done over the previous several seasons, but it’s also better than what the Nats got out of Wilmer Difo in 2018. Difo, presumably, will fall into a utility role.

Video: Zack Greinke homers off of Clayton Kershaw

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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke continued to swing a good stick, belting his third homer of the season on Monday night against the Dodgers. With the game tied 3-3 in the second inning, Greinke lined a 1-1 Clayton Kershaw fastball over the fence in left field for a solo homer.

Greinke is the third pitcher to homer off of Kershaw, joining Madison Bumgarner and Tyson Ross. He’s No. 4 if you count Brandon Woodruff‘s home run in Game 1 of the NLCS last year. Greinke now has three homers on the season, setting a career-high. He’s batting .314/.351/.686 with six RBI, seven runs scored, and a stolen base along with the trio of dingers. Absurd numbers from a pitcher.