Photo of the Day: It’s a beautiful day in Detroit

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Here’s Joe Maddon in the early innings of the Rays-Tigers game in Detroit, where the snow fell, the wind blew and the temperatures barely cracked 40 at game time:

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A least I think he was at the game. That could be him prepping to climb Mt. Rainer or something.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.