White Sox beat Indians, Ozzie Guillen writes "Bye Bye LeBron!" on autograph

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Prior to getting thrown out of this afternoon’s game, Ozzie Guillen autographed a baseball for one of the fans in Cleveland and added a little personalized touch:
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Incidentally, the White Sox recovered from Guillen and Mark Buehrle being tossed by umpire Joe West to take a 5-1 lead. Bobby Jenks did his best to blow it in the ninth inning, allowing three runs to score and putting two runners on base without recording an out, but then Indians manager Manny Acta went into small-ball mode.
Acta ordered a bunt, which a) gave a struggling pitcher his first out, and b) opened up first base so the White Sox could intentionally walk the Indians’ best hitter, Shin-Soo Choo. Jenks then struck out Austin Kearns and got Russell Branyan to fly out, escaping with a 5-4 win.
Guillen was probably sitting in the clubhouse, watching on television and thanking Acta for the help.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.