Jon Lester is frustrated

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Jon Lester is not having a lot of fun this season. Here he is after yesterday’s game:

“It seems like its just ‘Groundhog Day,’ everyday,” said Lester. “In every start for me I just can’t seem to get a break. I can speak for myself that it aggravates the piss out of me. I hate going out there and losing regardless if I’m pitching or not. I know guys (in the clubhouse) are frustrated and rightly so.”

I get his frustration, but if it was really like “Groundhog Day,” by now Lester would have learned from what happens every day, memorized the patterns and would be on a string of throwing multiple consecutive perfect games.  At least after the suicide attempts all proved fruitless.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.