Diamondbacks put Kris Benson on disabled list, call up Kevin Mulvey

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In the least shocking news of the week, Arizona has placed Kris Benson on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. When the Diamondbacks added him to the rotation two weeks ago I wrote that choosing the oft-injured, rarely effective, 35-year-old Benson over various minor-league options made little sense.
He was actually better than I expected, putting together back-to-back solid outings, but sure enough he heads back to the DL having posted a 5.14 ERA. Now the Diamondbacks will turn to prospect Kevin Mulvey, which they probably should have done in the first place.
Acquired from the Twins for Jon Rauch in the middle of last season, Mulvey projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter after spending the past two-plus seasons at Triple-A posting a 3.79 ERA and 251/107 K/BB ratio in 323 innings. Mulvey’s stock has dropped considerably since he was a Mets second-round pick and key piece of Minnesota’s haul for Johan Santana, but he’s certainly far more likely than Benson to log 150 innings with a 4.50 ERA at this point. Benson hasn’t done that since 2005, when Mulvey was in college at Villanova.

Red Sox ask Hanley Ramirez to report 15-20 pounds lighter next spring

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Hanley Ramirez was a complete failure in left field this season in Boston and he batted just .249/.291/.426 while appearing in only 105 games. Ben Cherington, the man that signed him to a four-year, $88 million free agent contract, is no longer with the Red Sox. It’s time for some tough love …

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo, who just inked a two-year extension to return as John Farrell’s bench coach, told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald on Sunday that Hanley has been asked to drop 15-20 pounds over the offseason. There have been similar conversations with Boston’s other free agent failure, Pablo Sandoval.

Ramirez is expected to start at first base for the Red Sox in 2016.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.