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Aaron Barrett returns to the majors after more than four years

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31-year-old reliever Aaron Barrett is back in the majors after a four-year absence. He underwent Tommy John surgery in September 2015. The bad luck continued the next year as he suffered a fractured right elbow while rehabbing in Florida. He had to undergo yet another surgical procedure. Barrett missed the entire 2017 season and didn’t make his season debut last year until mid-June with Low-A Auburn. He moved up to Double-A Harrisburg for the 2019 season. Now he’s on his way back to the majors.

Here’s how he found out:

Barrett impressed in the minors this year, posting a 2.75 ERA with a 62/16 K/BB ratio in 52 1/3 innings of work. He owns a 3.47 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 27 walks in 70 big league innings.

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.