After three weeks in bigs, Wily Mo Pena to get first outfield start

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Wily Mo Pena, he with the remarkable .190/.190/.548 line this year, is getting his first start in left field for the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Manager Kirk Gibson recently said he had no plans to play Pena in the outfield, but something changed his mind.  Pena had appeared in 16 games since his callup June 21, but all nine of his starts came at DH.  Since interleague play ended a week ago, he’s gone 1-for-4 off the bench, which his lone hit leaving the ballpark.

For the season, Pena is 8-for-42 with five homers, no walks and 18 strikeouts.  Hence, the slugging percentage that’s nearly three times his batting average.

Pena played 25 games in left field for Triple-A Reno this season and committed just one error.  Still, he was always an awkward-at-best outfielder in his youth, and injuries have robbed him of some mobility since his days with the Reds and Red Sox.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.