Adrian Gonzalez hurt his back being nice to a kid

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Maybe the Red Sox can add fraternizing with children to the ban list.

Adrian Gonzalez is sitting out a second straight game Saturday because of a sore back, the cause of which finally came to light today.

According to the first baseman, Gonzalez was at the mall Friday afternoon when he “ran into a family with kids. I bent over to say ‘Hi,’ to one of the kids and when I came out of that, it locked up on me. I tried to get treatment, to go out there and move around, but it wasn’t feeling any
better.”

Gonzalez is considered doubtful for Sunday’s series finale against Tampa Bay. In his place, the Red Sox have .160-hitting Brent Lillibridge starting at first base tonight.

Rangers sign Chris Martin to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed free agent righty Chris Martin to two-year, $4 million deal.

Martin pitched for the Nippon Ham Fighters for the past two seasons, posting 1.12 ERA in 88 relief innings with excellent strikeout and walk rates. Martin pitched 40 games in the bigs, appearing with the Rockies in 2014 and the Yankees in 2015 with some pretty underwhelming results.

He’s tall — 6’8″ — and tall guys sometimes take a long time to put it all together. Maybe he finally put it all together. The Rangers obviously think he has.