Short version today for reasons. Let’s just say I’m depressed over Yu Darvish leaving with shoulder problems three starts into his comeback from Tommy John surgery. Or that Big Game James Shield’s awful White Sox debut has left me speechless. Or that I have been shocked into silence by the Braves finally winning a game in San Diego for the first time since Obama’s first term. It was presaged, obviously, by Snoop Dogg’s terrible ceremonial first pitch, for which there are almost no words.
Maybe after some coffee and reflection later I’ll be able to put all of this into context and go on, somehow. The scores:
Cubs 8, Phillies 1
Blue Jays 7, Tigers 2
Braves 4, Padres 2
Rays 6, Diamondbacks 3
Yankees 12, Angels 6
Orioles 4, Royals 0
Mets 6, Pirates 5
Cardinals 12, Reds 7
Astros 3, Rangers 1
Nationals 11, White Sox 4
Brewers 4, Athletics 0
Twins 7, Marlins 5
Mariners 5, Indians 0
Rockies 1, Dodgers 0
Giants 2, Red Sox 1
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.