More injuries for Twins, as Jim Thome and Jason Kubel hit the disabled list


Just when it looked like the Twins might be getting some positive news on the health front with Joe Mauer finally catching in extended spring training the team announced that Jim Thome and Jason Kubel are the latest members of the injury wrecked lineup to be placed on the disabled list.

Thome and Kubel join Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka as hitters on the DL, with Ben Revere and Luke Hughes coming up from Triple-A to replace them, which leaves the Twins with the following lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals:

Denard Span, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Justin Morneau, DH
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Danny Valencia, 3B
Delmon Young, LF
Ben Revere, RF
Rene Rivera, C
Matt Tolbert, SS

Yuck. All nine of those hitters have a slugging percentage below .400 and Span is the only hitter with an on-base percentage above .325.

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.