Bill Lee starts and wins independent league game at age 63

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Two weeks ago Bill Lee signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League and yesterday the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos star made his debut … and picked up his first professional victory since 1982.
Rox manager Chris Carminucci said he was prepared for a quick hook if Lee struggled, but instead he held the Worcester Tornadoes–who’re managed by former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman–to two runs over 5.2 innings in a 7-3 win.
“He got people out today with his mind and hitting spots and knowing how to pitch,” Carminucci told Jim Fenton of the Quincy Patriot Ledger. “He threw a changeup that was like eephus and then he threw a fastball that looked like it was 105. It was amazing. It was cool stuff.”
NESN.com has some video of The Spaceman in action.

Padres, Mariners join list of teams to extend netting

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The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.

A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.

Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.

The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.

Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.