Rays reliever Joel Peralta was ejected from last night’s game after Nationals manager Davey Johnson called the umpires’ attention to pine tar on his glove and now the confiscated glove is on its way from Washington to New York.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the umpires shipped Peralta’s glove to the MLB offices for further examination, which means a suspension is probably looming.
According to Kilgore an official ruling is unlikely until tomorrow, but the precedent for a “foreign substance” is 10 games. In the meantime Peralta will be available out of the Rays’ bullpen tonight, which should make for some interesting drama if manager Joe Maddon calls him into the game.
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.