Nyjer Morgan is now “Tony Hush”


Nyjer Morgan’s alter ego — Tony Plush — got him in some trouble on Twitter the other night. So now he’s going with a new moniker:

Also, for those interested in the blowback from the Nyjer Morgan-Cardinals dust-up from last night, there isn’t a whole lot to report. He referred to himself in the clubhouse earlier as “Tony Hush”, and didn’t have much to say as a result … The past is the past,” he said. “Let it go … That’s why I’m Tony Hush … I ain’t talking. I don’t have nothing to say.”

What’s the over/under on Tony Hush continuing to control Morgan’s id?  A week?  I’ll set it at a week.

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.