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Andrew McCutchen’s Six Hits, Walk-Off Homer Carries Giants Over Dodgers

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San Francisco Giants center fielder Andrew McCutchen got off to a slow start with his new team after nine years as a Pittsburgh Pirate, going just 2 for 24 in six games with no RBIs and a single run scored in six games.

But on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, McCutchen had one of the best games of his career as he went 6 for 7, capping it off with a walk-off three-run homer in the 14th inning with no outs off right-hander Wilmer Font (on the 12th pitch of the at-bat!) to give the Giants a 7-5 win in a 5:16 thriller.

It was the first six-hit game of McCutchen’s career, as he raised his average from .083 to .258 in the process.

Of course, there were some interesting facts about McCutchen’s dinger:

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McCutchen fouled off seven pitches with two strikes before sending everybody home happy.

“[Font] kept elevating fastballs to the top of the zone and I was trying to foul them off until i got a pitch I could handle,” said McCutchen. “He didn’t elevate it too much there, and I was able to elevate it.”

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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Nationals Sign Patrick Corbin

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The Washington Nationals surprisingly won the courtship of free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, who chose the team over the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, and will ink a six-year deal with $140 million in guaranteed money, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

Washington agreed to terms with Corbin on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Corbin will now join a rotation that features Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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Braves to Hire Rick Kranitz As Pitching Coach

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The Atlanta Braves are finalizing a contract with Rick Kranitz that will officially make him the team’s new pitching coach, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

While no timetable for a completed deal has been reported at the time of this writing, the reports indicated that it’s now “expected” that Kranitz, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, will join the Braves organization.

Kranitz was out in Philly following the team’s decision to promote assistant pitching coach Chris Young to Kranitz’s position.

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