The Dodgers are fitting in some sightseeing this week in Australia before their season-opening series (March 22-23) against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground. From the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed comes the following photograph of staff ace Clayton Kershaw — who will start the first game of that two-game set — posing Tuesday with his wife and what appears to be a baby kangaroo …
Both a Kinsler and a Kintzler made headlines at the Winter Meetings. After the Angels acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have inked reliever Brandon Kintzler to a two-year contract, pending a physical.
Kintzler, 33, spent the latter half of his 2017 campaign with the Nationals after the Twins traded him. Between both clubs, he put up an aggregate 3.03 ERA with 29 saves and a 39/16 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.
Sean Doolittle will handle save situations for the Nationals. Kintzler and Ryan Madson will bridge the gap to him in the seventh and eighth innings.