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Craig Breslow to begin season on disabled list due to shoulder strain

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The Red Sox announced this evening that left-handed reliever Craig Breslow will begin the season on the disabled list due to a mild left shoulder strain.

While the situation was downplayed by the Red Sox for most of the spring, Breslow simply ran out of time to be ready for Opening Day. The 33-year-old was kept on the minor league side this week, which was a sign that a backdated stint on the disabled list was likely. He’s eligible to be activated April 5 and Red Sox manager John Farrell told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this evening that his stay on the disabled list is expected to be “minimal.”

Breslow began last season on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and went on to post a 1.81 ERA over 61 appearances. The Red Sox will hope for a similar result this time around.

Miguel Cabrera, Dee Gordon win AL and NL batting titles, respectively

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Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera didn’t play in the Tigers’ season finale against the White Sox, but he has officially clinched the AL batting title with a .338 average following Sunday’s action. It’s Cabrera’s fourth batting title in his last five seasons.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon entered Sunday’s season finale with a bit more pressure. He was in a tight race with Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper for the NL batting title, trailing only by rounding to the fourth place, .3307 to .3306. Gordon went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Phillies while Harper went 1-for-4 in a loss to the Mets. As a result, Gordon officially won the NL batting title with a .330 average. It’s the first batting title of Gordon’s brief career. Hanley Ramirez was the Marlins’ last batting champion, doing so in 2009.

Report: Angels to announce Billy Eppler as new GM on Monday

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Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels are expected to announce Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Monday. Eppler had been serving as the assistant general manager with the Yankees.

Jerry DiPoto had been the Angels’ GM but he stepped down on July 1. DiPoto later joined the Red Sox in an advisory role, then was named the Mariners’ new GM last week.

The Angels lost to the Rangers in Sunday’s season finale, which eliminated them from contention for the second AL Wild Card spot. They finished 85-77. Most of their regulars are under contract for the 2016 season, but Eppler will have to decide whether to tender contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players while filling in the rest of the roster.