Rays rookie Jeremy Hellickson did something only two other pitchers since 1920 have done

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There’s an interesting note on the Baseball-Reference.com blog about Jeremy Hellickson, who tossed seven shutout innings last night against the Tigers. Hellickson also threw seven innings of two-run ball versus the Twins in his debut last week.
So what’s the interesting note? Well, in both starts he allowed three hits and that makes him just the third pitcher since 1920 to throw seven or more innings while allowing three or fewer hits in each of his first two big-league starts.
The previous two were 20-year-old Oakland A’s right-hander Mike Norris in 1975 and 18-year-old Kansas City A’s right-hander Lew Krausse in 1961.
All of which sounds really impressive until you consider that Norris and Krausse combined to win just 126 games (with 150 losses). So far Hellickson is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 13/2 K/BB ratio.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.