I loved the Twins lineup for this afternoon’s game. It came through about as well as I expected it to do too: they struck out 15 times and basically everyone kept their sunglasses on the whole time because, ow,my head. The Indians beat ’em 5-2 to pick up their 100th win of the season.
The Chicago Cubs clinched yesterday too. And, despite the fact that they had seven more hours to rest up before their game than the Twins had for theirs, they’re trotting out quite a special lineup too. No Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, or Jason Heyward. Alex Avila is your cleanup hitter. Behold:
Here’s hoping Kyle Hendricks doesn’t have a $500,000 incentive clause in his contract for getting eight wins this year.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”
Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.
Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.