Vlad Guerrero released from jail, maintains his innocence


Yesterday Vlad Guerrero was arrested for allegedly attacking a police officer. Today he was released, and he denies that he did anything wrong:

Given that he denies all wrongdoing, those jokes from yesterday about him swinging at everything are totally premature.  Sorry.  But today’s jokes about how strange it is to see him take a walk — even if it is out of jail — are timely.

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.