Rangers reportedly still talking to Red Sox about Mike Lowell

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Reports have varied this week regarding Texas’ interest in working out a new deal for Mike Lowell, but Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPNBoston.com says the Rangers “have accelerated” talks with the Red Sox and “a trade remained a possibility.”
Back in December the two sides had a deal in place that would have sent Lowell and $9 million to Texas for Max Ramirez, but thumb surgery nixed the swap and Lowell is just now healthy after a knee injury further delay his recovery. In fact, he smacked a pair of doubles today as the Red Sox showcased him for interested teams.
Since the initial trade fell through the Rangers signed Vladimir Guerrero and made a few other moves, so their interest in Lowell may not be as high as it was mid-winter, but manager Ron Washington has said recently that he’s definitely still looking for a veteran right-handed bench bat who can play the corner infield spots and Lowell would seemingly be a perfect fit if healthy.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.