Pitcher Dallas Keuchel agrees to one-year deal with Braves

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner and a two-time AL All-Star, agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

Keuchel, 31, was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA with the Astros last season. He became as free agent in the offseason but remained unsigned until after this week’s amateur draft — when draft-pick compensation tied to signing him no longer applied.

Keuchel, who turned down Houston’s one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer after last season, will be paid $13 million this season, Yahoo Sports reported. He is expected to join Triple-A Gwinnett and make a start Saturday.

With Atlanta starters Mike Foltynewicz (6.15 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (6.10 ERA) struggling, Keuchel could provide a lift to the rotation. From 2016 through ’18, Keuchel compiled a 35-28 record with a 3.77 ERA.

• Outfielder Braden Bishop, a St. Francis alum, has been hospitalized in Seattle after suffering a lacerated spleen when he was hit by a pitch last week while playing with Triple-A Tacoma.

Bishop started in center field for the Mariners on Tuesday night before realizing something was wrong. He left the game in the fourth inning.

“He’s very tough,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Doctors told us he shouldn’t have been playing, but when you’re called up to the big leagues, you want to play.” Bishop is the brother of outfielder Hunter Bishop, the Giants’ first-round pick from Arizona State.

Thursday’s games

DeJong delivers in Cards’ win

St. Louis shortstop Paul DeJong, who had been in a 3-for-43 slide during which he had no extra-base hits, smashed a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Cardinals beat Cincinnati 3-1 in St. Louis.

“Probably too patient, taking too many heaters early in the count,” DeJong said in explaining his slump. “Today I felt on that last at-bat, I was sticking to the middle, and it showed up and I put a good swing on it.”

Twins 5, Indians 4: Max Kepler, who entered the game in an 0-for-21 slump, homered three times and went 4-for-4 as visiting Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2: J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings to win his fifth straight decision and Aaron Hicks and Gio Urshela homered to help visiting New York avoid a three-game sweep.

Rockies 3, Cubs 1: Peter Lambert limited host Chicago to four hits over seven innings and struck out nine — a team record for a pitcher in his debut — as Colorado avoided a three-game sweep.

Pirates 6, Braves 1: Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Josh Bell had three doubles and two RBIs for host Pittsburgh.

Rays 6, Tigers 1: Travis d’Arnaud, who missed all but four games in 2018 because of elbow surgery, hit two home runs — his first since March 31, 2018 — as Tampa Bay improved to 20-9 on the road.

Red Sox 7, Royals 5: Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in a four-run third inning as Boston completed a series sweep of host Kansas City, which has lost six in a row.

Brewers 5, Marlins 1: Christian Yelich hit his majors-leading 23rd home run, Mike Moustakas added two homers and Freddy Peralta struck out nine and gave up one run in six innings for host Milwaukee.

Astros 8, Mariners 7: Myles Straw led off the 14th inning with a triple and scored on Yuli Gurriel’s sacrifice fly as visiting Houston prevailed.

Rangers 4, Orioles 3: Hunter Pence hit his 12th home run — tripling his total with the Giants last year — to help host Texas win for the fifth time in six games.

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