Alex Meyer willing to pitch out of the bullpen for the Twins

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Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer said he’s willing to pitch out of the bullpen if it would help the team win, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The right-hander explained, “If it’s me being a left-on-left guy, I really don’t care.”

Meyer will compete in spring training with Tommy Milone, Mike Pelfrey, and Trevor May for the fifth spot in the Twins’ starting rotation.

Meyer, 25, was rated among the game’s 50-best prospects according to MLB.com, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus going into the start of the 2014 season. With Triple-A Rochester, Meyer finished with a 3.52 ERA and a 153/64 K/BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings.

Chris Paddack loses no-hit bid in eighth inning vs. Marlins

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Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.

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Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.

The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.

Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.

Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.