Maryland State Police investigating Yankees claims of autograph-seeking troopers


Remember that story yesterday about how the Maryland state troopers assigned to the Yankees dugout at Camden Yards ruffled some feathers by asking Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher for autographs in the middle of the ninth inning?

Maryland State Police spokesperson Greg Shipley said they’re investigating the claims and have “reacted as if it did happen.”

What does that mean, exactly? Kevin Recter of the Baltimore Sun reports that “the MSP’s field operations bureau chief was at Monday night’s game to remind troopers of their duties and to oversee their actions.”

Shipley also said: “We expect the troopers to be there for the reason they are there, and to act professionally. We regret any inconvenience this has caused the Orioles.”

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.