The Boston Red Sox opened the season against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 29. On that day they took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but blew it badly, coughing up six runs that frame and losing the game 6-4.
Chris Sale was great that day, but the bullpen blew up badly, with Joe Kelly being the biggest goat, allowing four runs in a third of an inning. It was a bad, bad day for the Sox, and many of their fans — apparently forgetting in the offseason that a single regular baseball game is essentially meaningless — freaked the heck out.
Overnight, whoever is running the Red Sox Twitter account had an inspired idea: to go back and respond to the Tweets from March 29. A sampling:
Petty? Maybe. Silly? Sure. But surprisingly hilarious. And when you win the World Series you can do anything you want to, so no complaints here.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said pitcher Carlos Martínez will work out of the bullpen when he returns from the injured list, The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports. Shildt noted that the decision is based on Martínez’s needs rather than the team’s needs, which suggests he may not yet have the strength to pitch as a starter.
Martínez, 27, opened the season on the injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain. The right-hander was also injured last year, battling lat and oblique injuries. He will go to extended spring training and likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Based on that time frame, Martínez should be activated around mid-May.
Last year, Martínez made 18 starts and 15 relief appearances, posting a 3.11 ERA with five saves and a 117/60 K/BB ratio across 118 2/3 innings. It is unclear what role(s) Martínez will have in the bullpen, but he could eventually help set up for closer Jordan Hicks.