Brad Penny gets the win in first start since 2011

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Marlins pitcher Brad Penny made his first appearance in the major leagues since 2012 and his first start since 2011 and went home with the win as the Fish won 4-3 over the Reds in Cincinnati. Penny went five innings, allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out three.

Penny, 36, has been well-traveled since his last appearance in the majors in 2012 with the Giants as a reliever. He signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January and was released in early March. The Marlins decided to pick him up on a minor league contract in June. He made two starts at Single-A Jupiter in early July and five with Triple-A New Orleans between July 13 and August 4, posting a combined 3.05 ERA with a 30/9 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings.

Miguel Sano gained weight this offseason

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Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:

Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.

They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.

Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.

Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.

So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.