Adam Dunn hits a homer off a lefty

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Not normally a big deal to note lefty-on-lefty violence, but it is notable in Adam Dunn’s case. His first inning homer off Drew Smyly was his first homer off a lefty since August 2010.  For his career he has 96 homers off lefties and an OPS of .782 compared to 281 homers and a .922 OPS against righties.  That’s a decent platoon split but not SO obnoxious that it predicted a year and a half drought off of lefties.

But then again, Dunn is coming off an insanely bad year. Look no further than the fact that the homer off Smyly was his 12th of the year.  He had 11 in all of 2011.

He’s at .250/.390/.613, which are better numbers than the career averages between 2001 and 2010 (.250/.381/.521) which earned him that giant contract with the Sox.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.