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Former Giants' top prospect traded by Brewers to Orioles

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Former Giants' top prospect traded by Brewers to Orioles

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have acquired backup catcher Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named or cash.

The trade was announced Friday. Susac was designated for assignment earlier this week after the Brewers signed free agent reliever Matt Albers.

Susac, who turns 28 in March, is expected to compete for playing time behind projected starter Caleb Joseph.

Susac played eight games for Milwaukee last year, going 1 for 12. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .205 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs.

The Brewers got Susac from San Francisco in 2016 in a trade-deadline deal for left-handed reliever Will Smith. In 104 games in the majors, Susac has hit .232 with seven homers and 35 RBIs.

Brandon Crawford starts first All-Star Game with family in the stands

Brandon Crawford starts first All-Star Game with family in the stands

Brandon Crawford notched an important first in his second-ever All-Star Game appearance on Tuesday. 

The three-time defending Gold Glove winner started in the game for the first time in his eight-year career in the majors. Crawford finished with just over 3 million votes, and the fourth-most among the NL players that fans picked to start. 

Crawford struck out in both of his plate appearances. He struck out swinging on the first, and looking on the second. Crawford's wife, Jalynne Crawford, was none too pleased with the strike zone on the evening.

He didn't see much action in the field, either. Crawford told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez in a postgame interview he wasn't too upset he had a quiet night.

“I’m excited to be a part of it either way," Crawford said. "Even if I didn't even get in, it would be cool to be here."

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"But I would like to get a ground ball. I would like to be involved somehow,” he added with a smile.

The Crawfords surely had a much better time with their four children, all of whom made the trip to the nation's capital. 

Our loves ❤️Repeat of 2015 @amyc23 ❤️Our All-Stars ⭐️💫✨

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All-Star (Fam) ⭐️ #SFGiants

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“It's fun. They have no idea what's going on really," Crawford said of his children enjoying the All-Star festivities. "They see that everybody's excited so they get excited about it. That's kind of what makes it so fun.”

Crawford's NL may have lost 8-6 in extra innings to the AL, but Crawford left D.C. with bragging rights. In a trivia contest about his sister, Amy, Crawford bested her husband (and All-Star pitcher) Gerrit Cole.

MLB rumors: Dodgers appear to be leaders for Manny Machado; trade framework in place

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MLB rumors: Dodgers appear to be leaders for Manny Machado; trade framework in place

The Dodgers might be on the verge of making a big splash.

Los Angeles appears to be the leader in the Manny Machado sweepstakes, according to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports.

The Orioles have the structure of a deal in place, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Machado, who will play in his fourth All-Star Game on Tuesday night, is hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBI this season.

The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent won the AL Gold Glove in 2013 and 2015.

The Dodgers (53-43) lead the NL West by 0.5 games and are four ahead of the Giants (50-48).