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Report: Red Sox scouting Royals reliever Mike Minor


Report: Red Sox scouting Royals reliever Mike Minor

The Red Sox are one of several teams reportedly scouting Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Minor returned this year after missing the last two seasons with shoulder issues. The 29-year-old left-hander was in the Braves' starting rotation from 2010-14, but has pitched in relief for the Royals in 2017.

In 32 innings out of the bullpen for Kansas City, Minor has posted a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He has especially been effective against left-handed hitters, who have only managed to accumulate a measly .380 OPS against him.

Minor is in the second season of a two-year deal he signed with the Royals while injured.

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

Red Sox trade Marrero to Diambondbacks

The Red Sox traded infielder Deven Marrero to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash. 

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement on Saturday.

Marrero, 27, was fighting for one of the final roster spots as a bench player, along with utility man Brock Holt.  The first-round pick in 2012 out of Arizona State had spent his entire pro career with the Red Sox organization. He appeared in 109 major league games from 2015-17, making 50 starts at third base, nine at second base, and five at shortstop.

In 2017, the right-handed hitter played in a career-high 71 major league games, batting .211 with four home runs and 27 RBI. 

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Early exit for Sale after liner off leg, but he's expected to be OK

Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to be able to make his Opening Day start after he was struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of the Houston Astros' J.D. Davis in the first inning on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla., and had to leave his final spring training start. 

After being examined by team medical personnel on the field, Sale walked back to the dugout. He was taken for precautionary X-rays which showed no structural damage.

The Red Sox said Sale sustained a contusion on his left leg.  "I don't see anything lingering from this. It looked a lot worse than it was," Sale told reporters. "It scared the hell out of me,”

Sale is scheduled to be the Red Sox Thursday in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Manager Alex Cora and Sale said he'd be OK to make the start.