Gibson, Sutter and Wainwright to throw out first pitch

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This is pretty spiffy:  the ceremonial first pitch — make that “pitches” —  tonight in St. Louis will be thrown by Bob Gibson, Bruce Sutter and Adam Wainwright.  The significance: they threw the final pitches in each of the Cardinals’ last four World Series-clinching games. Gibson in 1964 and 1967, Sutter in 1982 and Wainwright in 2006.

Personally, I find it totally classless that they didn’t invite back Harry Brecheen, who did the honors in 1946.

What?  Well heck, why doesn’t anyone tell me these things.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.