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Report: Dodgers sign Travis d’Arnaud

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Free agent catcher Travis d'Arnaud is in the Dodgers’ clubhouse, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports. The club has yet to make an official announcement, but they reportedly optioned third baseman Matt Beaty to clear a roster spot for d’Arnaud.

The 30-year-old backstop was designated for assignment by the Mets at the end of April and formally released on Friday. Given his struggles this spring, it wasn’t an entirely unexpected move: d’Arnaud slashed just .087/.160/.087 with two hits and two RBI through his first 25 plate appearances of the spring. He hasn’t seen regular time behind the plate since 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last April, but will undoubtedly try to return to some of his pre-surgery numbers, including a .240+ average and double-digit home run totals.

For the time being, he’ll slot in behind Austin Barnes and Russell Martin, as Castillo adds that the Dodgers have no immediate plans to trim their catching depth. According to comments made by manager Dave Roberts, the club is primarily interested in d’Arnaud as a right-handed bat in the lineup, and may use him in both the infield and outfield going forward.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.

Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.