We’re honoring another retiree today. Veteran shortstop and three-time All-Star, Rafael Furcal, signed off yesterday. He spent most of his 14-year career with the Braves and Dodgers but I’ll remember him most as the shortstop and popular clubhouse guy for the Cardinals’ 2011 World Series team.

Hi, everyone! And welcome to Write-Up For Yesterday, BttP’s guide to what the heck happened yesterday in baseball. We’re not gonna just hand you some scores here, because we trust you know how to type the letters E-S-P-N into your internet machine. Instead, we hope to give you a fuller and richer understanding of important goings on from yesterday in baseball. The big stories, and the noteworthy performances-good and bad.