Video: Lester Oliveros threw at Austin Romine’s head in a minor league game on Friday


The Triple-A affiliates of the Twins and Yankees, the Rochester Red Wings and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders respectively, met up on Friday to play the second game of a four-game set. Right-hander Lester Oliveros started for the Red Wings and got into immediate trouble in the first inning.

Oliveros allowed back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the first, then gave up a three-run home run to Rob Refsnyder. Kyle Roller made it back-to-back homers with a solo home run, boosting the RailRiders’ lead to 4-0 with no outs. Oliveros, obviously frustrated, threw a fastball right at Austin Romine’s head with his very next pitch. Romine dropped to the ground, and then both benches emptied. Oliveros was immediately ejected.

Parker Hageman of Twins Daily posted video of the incident:

Romine underwent testing after the game, which the Red Wings won 13-3, but there haven’t been any updates on his condition as of yet. Oliveros should be handed a suspension as a result of Friday’s incident. We’ll provide updates when more information is known.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.