Bo Porter ripped his team for being disrespectful of Roger Clemens

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Brian McTaggart reports that manager Bo Porter ripped the Astros players today for being disrespectful to Roger Clemens, who was visiting camp to speak to Astros player. The source of the disrespect: not being ready at 9am for the meeting.

Read McTaggart’s post for the details — it seems like guys were lollygagging to get dressed and stuff before their visitor arrived — and also for Porter’s description of the daily 9AM meeting. Which he calls “synergistic chemistry lab.”

Synergistic chemistry lab.

Synergistic. Chemistry. Lab. Really.

Twins sign Michael Pineda to a two-year deal

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The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.

Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.

Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.