Twins closer Glen Perkins unavailable due to neck injury

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Twins closer Glen Perkins has been trying to pitch through neck and shoulder problems recently, with little success. After being brilliant for the first five months of the season Perkins has fallen apart this month and he’s also been unavailable out of the bullpen for several games.

Perkins blew a save last night against the Tigers by giving up a three-run homer to J.D. Martinez and now he’s once again unavailable, with the Twins saying that he’ll get looked at by team doctors.

Perkins had a 2.44 ERA with just two homers allowed and a 64/9 K/BB ratio in his first 55 innings, but in his last eight appearances he’s given up 10 runs–including five homers–in 6.1 innings for a 14.21 ERA and .429 opponents’ batting average.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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