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Red Sox can get starry-eyed over pitchers

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Red Sox can get starry-eyed over pitchers

For the Boston Red Sox, one thing that the All-Star Game does is remind them and their fans how they don’t have one of those accomplished starting pitchers anchoring their rotation.

One in particular could be considered the one that got away. Oakland A’s ace Sonny Gray, coming out of Vanderbilt in 2011, was still available in the first round of the draft when it was almost the Red Sox’s turn at No. 19. But then the A’s swept Gray off the board at No. 18.

“I thought there was a 100 percent chance I was going to the Red Sox,” Gray told the Boston Herald on Monday. “I was going to get taken at 19. And then, at 18, the A’s, I saw my name on the TV, and it was a complete shock.”

But that’s how it goes for the Red Sox, the Herald’s Scott Lauber wrote:

“The rosters for tonight’s All-Star Game feature 18 starting pitchers, 10 of whom are 27 or younger. None, of course, pitch for the Red Sox, who haven’t drafted and developed an impact starter since Clay Buchholz in 2007.”

Bad luck in the draft isn’t the only reason. There is the matter of patience. Young pitchers may take a while to become effective big-league starters, maybe a whole season’s worth of starts or more. However, Lauber said, “when the stated goal every year is to contend for a division title, you can’t always afford to wait for a flower to bloom.”

The alternative? Transplant a pitcher who already is fully in bloom. But acquiring and keeping such a starter, whether via trade or free agency, could involve a long-term contract for pitcher who’s over 30, something Boston shies away from.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just six days away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Despite not having a great spring, pitcher David Hess has a "good chance" of making Baltimore's Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Thursday. Hess is likely to slot in as one of the Orioles' five starting pitchers. In six Grapefruit League appearances (four starts), he has an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. 

The Orioles made another round of cuts Thursday, reassigning utility man Jake Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer put up an impressive 407/.429/.593 in 20 games this spring, but was never really in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. 

Pitcher Josh Rogers tweaked his back after catching his spike in the mound during the Orioles' 7-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates Thursday and was removed as a precaution. With Opening Day less than a week away, Rogers probably won't make another Spring Training appearance. Meanwhile, Miguel Castro continued his strong spring, tossing a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh. In Grapefruit League play, Castro has an 11/2 K/BB ratio. 

Right fielder Joey Rickard had a stellar day at the place against the Pirates, doubling twice to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .395. On the flip side, first baseman Chris Davis struck out three times against Pittsburgh, and is now batting just .148 this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Sunday 3/24: Orioles @ Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Infielder Renato Nunez is still sidelined with a sore biceps, and it turns out he may not be the Opening Day roster lock most expected, as the coaching staff wants to see him get more at-bats this spring.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was released by the Orioles on the day their deadline to keep him for the season. The former Royal struggled, hitting just .219 over 32 at-bats this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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