Metrodome collapse impacts TwinsFest and over 300 college and high school baseball games

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Fortunately for the Twins they moved out of the Metrodome before it collapsed, but news that the stadium will be out of commission until at least March has a big impact on the local amateur baseball scene in Minnesota.

More than 300 college and high school games that were scheduled to be played at the Metrodome will need new venues, including 16 home games for the University of Minnesota’s team.

Beyond that the Twins are now scrambling to find a new location for their annual TwinsFest event, which draws more than 30,000 fans each January and raised over $300,000 for charity last year. Their new home, Target Field, doesn’t have enough indoor space to support the usual setup, so the Twins will have to either scale back the event or find a new indoor venue.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.