Rangers promote Cuban defector Leonys Martin to Triple-A

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Cuban defector Leonys Martin, who received a $15.5 million deal from the Rangers back in May, was promoted from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

He’ll replace Julio Borbon as Round Rock’s center fielder after Borbon went on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle.

The 23-year-old Martin hit .348/.435/.571 with four homers and 24 RBI in 112 at-bats for Frisco.  He struck out just eight times in 29 games.  The only unimpressive thing about his stint in the Texas League was that he was caught eight times in 18 steal attempts.

If Martin can keep it going in Triple-A, he might get a chance to take over from Endy Chavez as the Rangers’ primary center fielder for the final two months of the season.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.