The Diamondbacks extend contracts of GM Kevin Towers, manager Kirk Gibson


The Dbacks have locked up the brain trust:


I love the use of “terms not disclosed.” That’s usually said by the reporter when the source of the news does not disclose the terms. Here it’s the Dbacks themselves, passively, saying that the terms aren’t disclosed. They could more accurately say “we’re not telling you the terms.” Then we can say “terms not disclosed.

Anyway, Towers and Gibby are going to be around for a while.

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.