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

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.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.