Travis Hafner hits a homer in his first at bat vs. Indians pitching since leaving via free agency

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Travis Hafner spent a decade in Cleveland. And, injuries notwithstanding, was pretty popular. Today the Yankees are in Cleveland for the Indians’ home opener. A few minutes ago, during pregame introductions, Hafner was politely applauded by the local fans, no doubt mindful of the good times they all used to have.

Then, just now, in the first inning of the game, Hafner launched a three-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez.  It just so happened to be his 100th career home run in Progressive Field.  As he rounded the bases, boos could be heard.

Can’t go home again, I guess. But if you do, may as well hit a 400-foot bomb against your old mates to ease the pain.

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.