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Nasty winds swirled in Lakeland yesterday for the Tigers’ exhibition against Florida Southern:

The Tigers scored more runs than their traditional local opponent, but it was the wind that actually won Tuesday. Because it was the wind that blew a fly ball into Brennan Boesch’s face, causing a
nasty laceration that required stitches above the outfield prospect’s
left eye.

“It opened him up pretty good,” said starting pitcher Phil Coke, who saw Boesch in the trainer’s room.

Eleven stitches, according to Tom Gage, which is not a good thing to have happen on your first day of competitive baseball of the year.  Still, there was something cool from yesterday’s game, as Al Kaline’s grandson Colin Kaline hit two singles and a walk.  He’s a junior at Florida Southern.

Which means that he’s probably a year or two older than Kaline was when he won the 1955 batting title.

No structural damage found in Andrew Benintendi’s knee

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 24:  Shortstop Matt Duffy #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays tags out Andrew Benintendi #40 of the Boston Red Sox after Dustin Pedroia grounded into the double play  during the seventh inning of a game on August 24, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.

Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.

Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.

Carlos Ruiz leaves a goodbye note for the Phillies

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Carlos Ruiz #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait on February 26, 2016 at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.

Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).

Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: