Justin Morneau “pleased” with how he felt the morning after first game in eight months


Throughout his eight-month recovery from a concussion Justin Morneau often felt good enough to workout on a particular day, only to have his symptoms return the next morning and sidetrack his progress.

That was the fear after Morneau played in a game yesterday for the first time since July 7 and the former MVP admitted to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com that he “was obviously sitting around all night waiting for something” to reoccur, but instead he “woke up today feeling pretty good.”

Morneau, who went 1-for-2 with a bases-clearing double in a “B” game appearance, said he “took a little nap, had some dinner, watched a movie, and went to bed.” And when he woke up “everything was positive.”

Barring a setback Morneau indicated that he hopes to play every other day for the next week or so, at which point the Twins should have a much better idea about his readiness for Opening Day.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.