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Video: Lorenzo Cain robs Matt Carpenter of home run

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We’re only three weeks into the regular season, but Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has already robbed batters of two home runs. He robbed José Martínez of a game-tying solo home run to end the Brewers’ Opening Day game against the Cardinals. Cain victimized the Cardinals again on Monday. The Cardinals were leading 2-0 with a runner on second base and two outs as Matt Carpenter came to the plate. After taking a first-pitch ball, Carpenter swatted a Freddy Peralta fastball to deep right-center. Just as he did on Opening Day, Cain ranged back the whole way as he approached the wall. He timed his leap and snagged a would-be home run, ending the inning.

This is Cain’s 10th season in the majors. He has yet to win a Gold Glove. I would imagine that changes in November.

The Brewers rallied for six runs in the bottom half of the second inning, punctuated by a Christian Yelich three-run home run that plated Cain.

Gio González is now a free agent

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Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.

González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.

No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.