John Maine to sign with the Yankees


And with this, John Maine will have completed most of his East Coast Bias career tour. All he needs now is a stop in Philly:


Maine seems have a giant fork sticking in his back — well, his shoulder — as he never actually appeared in a minor-league game for the Red Sox after signing a deal with them in the offseason due to more health problems. Last year he had a 7.43 ERA in 11 starts at Colorado Springs.

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.