Ricky Romero

Ricky Romero still can’t solve the Red Sox

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Toronto left-hander Ricky Romero has been one of the AL’s best pitchers over the last year and a half… except when he’s facing Boston.

Romero just gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his start against the Red Sox tonight.  He’s faced them twice this year and allowed 11 runs over 9 1/3 innings.

Assuming that he takes the loss tonight, Romero will fall to 2-6 in 11 career starts against Boston.  He’s given up 52 runs — 47 earned — in 52 1/3 innings in those games, leaving him with a 8.08 ERA.

Against everyone except the Red Sox, Romero is 32-20 lifetime with a 3.28 ERA.  This year, he has a 2.45 ERA in his 16 starts versus other teams.

To look at it another way, 22 percent of the runs he’s allowed in his career have come against Boston, compared to just 10 percent of his innings pitched.

Diamondbacks sign Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million deal

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14:  Jeff Mathis #6 of the Miami Marlins hits a grand slam during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on June 14, 2016 in San Diego, California.   (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.

Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.

The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.

Jimmy Rollins wants to play in 2017

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 10:  Jimmy Rollins #7 of the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 10, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.

Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.

Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.