Chris Sale strikes out 13 batters in minor league game

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As noted by CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes, White Sox left-hander Chris Sale struck out 13 batters over six-plus innings of one-run ball Wednesday in a game against a group of Reds minor leaguers. Sale yielded no walks and just two hits — one of them a solo shot by former second-round draft pick Taylor Sparks.

Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot in late February and hasn’t pitched in a Cactus League game this spring, but he’s been able to catch up rather quickly with throwing sessions on the side.

Sale is expected to make his 2015 regular-season debut on April 12 at home against the Twins. He finished third in the American League Cy Young voting last year after posting a 2.17 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 208 strikeouts across 174 innings.

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.