Pedroia has the shortest dingers

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I’ve been saying this for years: It’s not the length of your dinger that matters, all that matters is that it clears the fence:

Joe DiMaggio once thanked the good lord for making him a Yankee.
Dustin Pedroia needs to thank someone for putting him in a Boston Red
Sox uniform, otherwise many of his home runs may not have cleared the
fence.

Since 2006, the average Pedroia homer traveled just 369.7 feet. This
is the shortest average distance of any player with at least 30 homers
in that span, according to Greg Rybarczyk, an engineer who tracks the
distance of all homers hit with software that accounts for trajectory
and atmospheric conditions.

Mariners sign Mark Lowe

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The Mariners have signed reliever Mark Lowe, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. The Tigers released him on Sunday.

Lowe, 33, is entering the last of a two-year, $11 million deal signed with the Tigers in December 2015. The right-hander struggled to a 7.11 ERA with a 49/21 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings last season. His performance this spring didn’t do much to inspire confidence.

Lowe began his major league career with the Mariners, breaking out in 2009 with a 3.26 ERA across 80 innings. He has been inconsistent throughout most of his 11-year big league career, however.

Cardinals place Trevor Rosenthal on DL with lat strain

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The Cardinals announced on Thursday that pitcher Trevor Rosenthal has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right lat strain. Sam Tuivailala has been added to the roster in Rosenthal’s place.

The Cardinals’ closer until the second half last year, Rosenthal came into camp this spring hoping to battle for a rotation spot. However, the lat injury killed that dream. When Rosenthal is healthy, he’ll return to the bullpen.

Last season, Rosenthal posted a 4.46 ERA with 14 saves and a 56/29 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.