Rinku and Dinesh go to Bradenton

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Remember those two guys who won the Indian reality show and ended up getting signed by the Pirates? They made their professional debuts on Saturday:

Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel became the
first players from India to appear in organized baseball when each
pitched an inning for Bradenton of the Gulf Coast League on Saturday.

Singh allowed one run on two hits and struck out one, throwing 13 of
20 pitches for strikes during the seventh inning of the Pirates’ 4-2
loss to the Yankees. Patel threw a scoreless eighth, throwing seven of
nine pitches for strikes while striking out one.

Bad sign: the premise of that reality show was to find a guy who could
throw 90 m.p.h. On Saturday, however, Singh’s fastball topped out at 83
miles per hour and Patel’s at 84. Unless Patel can figure out how to
throw a knuckleball and unless “Rinku Singh” is Hindi for “Jamie
Moyer,” that ain’t gonna cut it.

But not everyone is as pessimistic as I am. Indeed, Singh is pretty optimistic: “Next time i promising I pitching good stuff.”

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.