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Manny Machado gets first two hits with Padres


Manny Machado went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his Padres debut on Opening Day, but he got his first two hits with San Diego last night.

It didn’t start out too well for Machado for the second straight game last night, as he struck out in his first two at-bats. But then he lined a single to left off Derek Holland in the fifth. That advanced baserunner Wil Myers to third, who then on a sacrifice fly. Machado singled again in the seventh off Mark Melancon.

In other new Padre news, top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. — who had two hits on opening day — doubled off the wall in the second and later came around to score and new second baseman Ian Kinsler homered leading off the third.

Padres pitchers showed up too, coming within three outs of their second straight shutout before Evan Longoria homered leading off the ninth. With the shutout of the Giants on Opening Day, San Diego pitchers tossed 17 scoreless innings to start the season. That’s a record for the Friars, who are 2-0 to begin the year for the first time since 2011.

In the end the Padres beat the Giants 4-1. And they really have to like the way things have gotten going in 2019.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.