This is why players practice

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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.

Report: J.D. Martinez signing delayed by medical issue

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The Red Sox reportedly inked free agent outfielder J.D. Martinez to a five-year, $110 million contract last Monday, but there appears to be a slight hitch in the process. According to a report from Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the team is sorting through a medical issue that has delayed the signing. The specific nature of the issue has yet to be revealed, though Drellich adds that both the team and agent Scott Boras have involved additional medical experts in the process.

For what it’s worth, Martinez remained fairly healthy during his 2017 run with the Tigers and Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old outfielder spent six weeks on the disabled list after suffering a right foot sprain during camp, but managed to make a full recovery by mid-May and didn’t relapse once throughout the rest of the year. Of course, the medical issue holding up his new contract could be of an entirely different nature.

While spring training is already underway for the rest of the Red Sox, club manager Alex Cora doesn’t appear too concerned by Martinez’s absence — yet. “The thing I can do is my thing,” he told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “My job here is to show up every day and get ’em ready.”