Joc Pederson goes 2-for-2 in Cactus League debut

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It was an enjoyable first day of Cactus League competition for Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson.

The 22-year-old, who is expected to be the Opening Day center fielder in Los Angeles, singled against White Sox rotation hopeful Brad Penny in the third inning and then doubled off the left-center field wall in the fifth inning Wednesday afternoon in his spring debut, a 6-4 loss to the Pale Hose. Pederson served as the Dodgers’ DH while Andre Ethier manned center field. Ethier finished 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and couldn’t catch up to a ball hit to deep center.

Pederson batted .303/.435/.582 with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 121 games last season at Triple-A Albuquerque. He’s among the preseason favorites for National League Rookie of the Year.

Ethier, meanwhile, has requested a trade.

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.