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.

Report: Orioles re-sign Pedro Alvarez to minors deal

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The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.