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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesThe Milwaukee Brewers reportedly acquired outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday Brian Roberts Jersey , per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.Jon Heyman of Fancred noted Toronto will receive a Class-A prospect in return. Granderson, who cleared waivers to make him eligible for a trade after the July 31 non-waiver deadline, signed with Toronto on a one-year, $5 million deal this past offseason. With the team on the outside of the playoff race at 61-73, he was an obvious trade target.He's hitting .243/.340/.429 with 11 home runs, 21 doubles, one triple, two stolen bases and 35 RBI in 103 games this season. While he was once known for his speed, the 37-year-old is now just a left-handed bat with some pop.Outside of a two-year stretch early in his career Thurman Munson Jersey , Granderson鈥攁 career .252 hitter鈥攈as never been known as someone who hits for average. That's been the case even more in the latter stages of his career. If the three-time All-Star maintains his current batting average, it will be just the second time he's hit above .240 since 2011.These days, Granderson is suited for a platoon role. He is hitting .250 with 11 home runs against right-handers while batting just .143 with zero dingers and two RBI against southpaws in 2018. To be fair, he has280 at-bats versusrighties and just 21 against lefties.He has played all three outfield positions this year.Granderson may not be the player he once was, butMilwaukeeis hoping he can provide some big hits down the stretch as it makes a playoff push.The team is holding on to the final spot for the National LeagueWild Card, with the Colorado Rockies just 2.5 games back, and Granderson is eligible for the postseason roster since the Brewers acquired him before the end of Friday's waiver deadline.He'll provide outfield depth behind Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun while also serving as a key pinch hitter off the bench in the late innings. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Daniel Murphy sees no panic in his new Chicago Cubs teammates.The Cubs needed a win Wednesday night to avert a three-game sweep by division rival Milwaukee, and Murphy played a big role with three hits and a solo home run in Chicago’s 6-4 victory against the Brewers.Pedro Strop closed out a tense ninth inning as Chicago boosted its NL Central lead to four games over the second-place Brewers. Milwaukee is a half-game ahead of St. Louis for the top NL wild card.Jose Quintana (12-9) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-jorge-posada-jersey , improving to 3-1 at Miller Park with the Cubs.Strop allowed a walk and a single to open the ninth but got the final three outs, striking out Curtis Granderson with two runners on to preserve the win.“It’s a young group with a veteran mindset,” said Murphy, who joined the Cubs in a trade with Washington on Aug. 21. “You lose a tough one (Monday) and they played really well yesterday. All you can do is come out and try to win this ballgame.”Granderson belted his first home run as a member of the Brewers in a pinch-hit role in the seventh, a two-run shot that cut Chicago’s lead to 6-4.After Travis Shaw walked and pinch-hitter Christian Yelich singled to start the ninth, the crowd of 37,427 was on its feet, nearly equally divided between Brewers and Cubs fans. Eric Thames flied out before Strop got Lorenzo Cain to ground to third for a force play. Then a nasty slider on a 2-2 pitch struck out Granderson.“I thought he gained his composure nicely,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of Strop. “He’s got 95 or 96 (mph) with that sink. The slider he got Granderson on Don Larsen Jersey , it’s good against righties and lefties.”Jhoulys Chacin (14-6) had tossed 16 consecutive scoreless innings against the Cubs this season before Murphy led off the fourth with an opposite-field homer into the Brewers’ left-field bullpen.“I was able to leverage the count in my favor and was able to look for something up in the zone,” Murphy said. “I didn’t think it was going to get out of the ballpark.”Javier Baez followed with a single and his aggressive baserunning helped the Cubs extend their lead. He raced for third on a single by Anthony Rizzo, and when Cain’s throw from center field sailed, Baez scored and Rizzo went to third on a second error by shortstop Orlando Arcia. Ben Zobrist doubled to score Rizzo and give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.A soft RBI single by Willson Contreras capped the four-run rally.Jonathan Scoop’s bad-hop single drove home a run in the bottom of the inning, and the Brewers loaded the bases with two outs. Quintana induced Arcia to hit a pop fly to shortstop to escape the jam.Zobrist drove in his second run in the fifth with a two-out single, but Rizzo was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base.Kyle Schwarber belted his 25th homer into the second deck in right field in the sixth to make it 6-1.Quintana allowed a leadoff single to Jesus Aguilar and a double to Ryan Braun in the sixth, but the Brewers managed just one run on a groundout by Schoop.“It was his best fastball of the year,” Maddon said. “He primarily could have pitched with his fastball today — it was that good.”The Brewers and Cubs will meet again in a three-game series at Wrigley Field next week.“It was a fun series,” Granderson said. “It’s definitely something both teams can look at and say http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-johnny-damon-jersey , all right, it’s going to be a fight to the end.”NOT MOVINGA funny moment came in the fourth after Baez singled. He never moved off the base while Chacin threw over to first twice.“They know I wanted to run,” Baez said. “Right before Rizzo stepped to the plate, I saw the catcher (Erik Kratz) and he wasn’t giving signs, so I knew (Chacin) was coming back (to first). Then after the first one, and he tried to act like he was giving signs. But I saw he was so fake about it, I just stayed there.”Baez scored moments later after Rizzo singled and Cain overthrew third base.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Schwarber injured his back and left the game after homering in the sixth. “Before he went up to hit he told me it was tight,” Maddon said. “But he may have taken his best swing of the year.” . RHP Brandon Morrow may be reaching the point of no return for the Cubs, and Maddon said he will have to use several relievers in the closer role the rest of the season. Morrow Masahiro Tanaka Jersey , who posted 22 saves as the closer before being injured, has been sidelined since July 18 with right biceps inflammation. He has yet to throw off a mound in his rehab. “We’d love to have him back, but even if he does come back, how do you utilize that?” Maddon said. “You just can’t push him two days in a row.”Brewers: Yelich was not in the starting lineup as the Brewers headed into the final stretch of the season. He singled as a pinch-hitter in the ninth to reach base in his 22nd straight game. “He needs a day off,” manager Craig Counsell said before the game. “Friday was a thought, but it just reached a point where it had to be today.” Yelich had not been out of the lineup since July 3.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (11-10, 3.77 ERA) will open a four-game series in Washington on Thursday night.Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (9-7, 3.96 ERA) starts a three-game series against the Giants on Friday at Miller Park.

 


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