Johnny Damon mulling whether to accept move to Red Sox

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According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have informed Johnny Damon that the Red Sox are indeed the team that placed a waiver claim on him and the veteran outfielder is now deciding whether or not he’d accept the move.
Damon has the Red Sox on the list of teams he can’t be traded or assigned to, so even if the two sides are able to work out a deal or the Tigers simply conclude they’re willing to dump his salary without receiving anything in return he has the ability to veto.
Things could get interesting if Damon decides he wouldn’t mind a return to Boston and the Tigers decide freeing up the $2 million he’s still owed this season is enough value to let him go, but short of that my guess is the Red Sox placed the claim primarily to block the Yankees and Rays from getting a crack at him.

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.