Taijuan Walker makes first spring start

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Mariners starter Taijuan Walker made his first start of the spring against the Padres’ Triple-A squad in Peoria on Saturday. He allowed a run on two hits in one inning of work. The right-hander was shut down earlier this spring with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Walker threw only fastballs and change-ups. The fastball ranged from 93 to 96 MPH while the change-up sat in the mid-80’s. After he exited the game, Walker threw an additional 15 pitches in the bullpen.

Overall, Walker was happy with how the day went.

“This one was almost like a tester game to see how it felt,” he said. “All that other stuff will come. I felt like my fastball location was pretty good. It’s not where I want it, but I’m happy with it.”

But it’s the lack of pain or stiffness in his shoulder that is the best result of the outing.

“I just walk away happy because my arm feels good,” he said.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.