According to the Boston Herald, right-hander Josh Beckett was scratched from a scheduled start Sunday due to an undisclosed illness. He was spotted in the clubhouse earlier this morning eating breakfast with teammates, but his name was switched with Ryne Miller on the Red Sox’s lineup card. Beckett retired all nine batters he faced in his spring debut last Monday and was scheduled to throw four innings today.
Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.
Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.