NBC SportsTalk: One-on-one with Ian Kinsler


Rangers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler was interviewed on NBC SportsTalk this evening. He discussed a wide variety of topics, including how Yu Darvish is adjusting to the United States, his battle with asthma and how four of his high school teammates have reached the majors.

By the way, Kinsler went to Canyon del Oro High School in Arizona and was teammates with Scott Hairston, Shelley Duncan, Chris Duncan and Brian Anderson. The more you know.

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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.