Happy Tuesday, everyone!
Indians 5, Reds 5
The state of Ohio took a page out of the MLS playbook and had their two teams play to a draw on Monday. Leonys Martin notched another hit, Jason Kipnis struck out thrice, and Jose Ramirez picked up a pair of hits (including a double. Corey Kluber made his spring debut and gave up 3 earned runs in 3.2 innings. Mike Clevinger also gave up runs (2), so cancel the season now.
Spring training stats mean next to nothing, but it sure is cool to see a young, exciting prospect lighting it up. That’s exactly what Oscar Mercado has done over the past few weeks.
While it’s unlikely that Mercado will hit .444 at the Major League level, it would be pretty sweet for him to make an impact in Cleveland. That could be sooner than you think.
Yu Chang had a golden opportunity to fill in for the Cleveland Indians while Francisco Lindor recovers from an injury. Unfortunately, an injury of his own makes that less likely as Chang (and others) were cut from camp on Monday.
Around the league
- Shohei Ohtani gets a slight pay raise after his Rookie of the Year campaign.
- Michael Lorenzen (against the Indians) pitched an inning and then went to play center field.
- Kyle Seager will undergo surgery on his left hand.
- The Nationals will send Max Scherzer against Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Opening Day.
- Clayton Kershaw’s shoulder seems to be doing alright after a 20-pitch bullpen session.
- The Brewers are going to try playing Mike Moustakas at second base.
- Time to buy a ticket to Texas: