Kevin Gausman in Orioles’ bullpen for ALDS vs. Tigers

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From beat writer Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun comes word that young right-hander Kevin Gausman will work out of the bullpen for the Orioles in their upcoming ALDS matchup against the Tigers.

Gausman was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and registered a promising 3.57 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 88/38 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings during the regular season, but the O’s will roll with their more-experienced arms versus Detroit.

Chris Tillman is locked in for Game 1 on Thursday at Camden Yards and some combination of Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, and Bud Norris will line up for the next three tilts.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.