Oft-injured right-hander Felipe Paulino, who spent most of last season on the White Sox’s disabled list after signing a $1.75 million deal, has signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs.
Paulino was previously cut loose by the Red Sox this spring and is just now finding another Triple-A gig at age 31.
When healthy Paulino has very good raw stuff and has shown flashes of potential, mostly for the Royals in 2011 and 2012. However, his career ERA is 5.22 in 404 innings despite 373 strikeouts because he’s struggled to consistently throw strikes, given up too many homers, and been hurt about half the time.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.
DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.
After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.
With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.