Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that Eduardo Nunez of the Giants is on the Red Sox radar. That would make a good fit, as the Red Sox could use a first baseman and Nunez is hitting .295 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 69 games. Last night he hit a walkoff single to push the Giants over the Indians.
The Giants, out of contention, have made Nunez — who they picked up at last year’s deadline from Minnesota — available. But they’re also being careful with him, keeping him out of today’s lineup:
That’s doubtful to give the Red Sox serious pause — Nunez has had minor hamstring issues all year — but there’s no sense in pushing it if you’re San Francisco.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.