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Giants sign Stephen Vogt

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The A’s signed a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the Giants. Now the Giants sign a veteran backup catcher who used to play for the A’s. Time is a flat circle or something.

The catcher in question here is Stephen Vogt, who now has a minor league deal with the Giants, pending a physical. In his case the physical is more than a formality, though, as he’s coming off of a shoulder injury that resulted in surgery and has yet to throw from the crouch, which is rather important. Vogt missed all of last season due to the injury. He hit .233/.285/.423 over 303 plate appearances between the Athletics and Brewers in 2017.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.