Last night, mere seconds after locking down the save in the Yankees-Mets game, Rafael Soriano untucked his shirt. It’s the first time I’ve noticed him doing it, but apparently he does it all the time. OK, whatever.
But apparently enough people take issue with this that someone felt the need to ask Joe Girardi about it this afternoon:
It’s been decades since spiking the football was invented. Jeffrey Leonard’s one-flap-down home run trot came in the 80s. We’re nearly 25 years into the post-Icky Shuffle Era. In light of that, I’m struggling to think who could possibly care about this, but I guess there is someone to complain about any given thing out there.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.