Magglio Ordonez to retire Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day”


Magglio Ordonez was unable to latch on with a new team after rehabbing his second ankle surgery and Jason Beck of reports that the six-time All-Star will make his retirement official Sunday at “Magglio Ordonez Day” in Detroit.

Ordonez spent his first eight seasons with the White Sox and his final seven seasons with the Tigers, hitting .309 with 294 homers, 2,156 hits, and an .871 OPS to rank among the best right-handed hitters of the past 20 years.

He struggled last season after coming back from ankle surgery, hitting .255 for the first sub-.280 batting average of his career, and then re-fractured his ankle during the playoffs, forcing him into retirement at age 37.

According to Beck the Tigers will honor Ordonez with a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park.

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.