Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon, spaghetti sauce king

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Rays manager Joe Maddon has produced a large-scale spaghetti dinner for homeless and needy folks around the Tampa Bay region since the winter of 2006. It typically takes place on a Sunday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and has thus been anointed the name “Thanksmas.”

Maddon isn’t your typical celebrity philanthropist. He actually gets hands-on with the projects he puts his name on, doing both fundraising and dirty work in order to see the events through.

Tonight marks the sixth annual Thanksmas at Tropicana Field, and Maddon tweeted the below picture with this caption: “Cooking for Thanksmas all day at the Trop. My favorite part? Stirring the sauce.”

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Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.