Well, at least the Red Sox won’t lose tonight.
According to the Associated Press, tonight’s game between the Red Sox and Yankees has been postponed due to rain.
The teams will make it up as part of a split doubleheader on Sunday. The regularly scheduled game will start at 1 p.m. ET while the nightcap will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Tonight’s scheduled starters Jon Lester and Freddy Garcia will start tomorrow’s game, which begins at 4:10 p.m. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Red Sox pushed for the doubleheader because they were concerned about starting tonight’s game and then losing Lester due to a potential rain delay.
The big takeaway here is that this could throw a wrench in Boston’s plans to have Lester start the season finale next Wednesday, as he would be going on short rest. Of course, if they take care of business over the next few days, this will all be rendered moot.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.