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Michael Lorenzen had a Babe Ruth night


I suppose that headline is somewhat misleading because Babe Ruth played only in day games, thus a “Babe Ruth night” could refer exclusively to his off-the-field conduct and, frankly, that probably takes things into a decidedly more PG-13 direction than we usually go around here. Maybe I should’ve said “a Babe Ruth game.”

So what is a “Babe Ruth game” in this context: one in which the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen pretty much did everything:  he was the winning pitcher but he also hit a homer and played in the outfield. According to the good folks at the Elias Sports Bureau, the last guy to do that was Babe Ruth, who did so for the Yankees on June 13, 1921.

To be fair, Lorenzen’s win was a vulture job as he blew a one-run lead by giving up a homer to Jay Bruce in the seventh inning. But, after José Iglesias put the Reds back on top with a homer of his own in the bottom half, Lorenzen pitched a clean top half of the eighth inning and then added insurance with a solo dinger in the bottom of the eighth. He was relieved in the ninth and moved to center field. His highlights:

Lorenzen has appeared in 66 games as a reliever this year but he also has 19 plate appearances, having manned the outfield in 18 different games. His batting line: .353/.421/.588 with a double, a homer, four driven in and two walks. He’s a pretty spiffy all-around athlete that I would not be surprised used more commonly as a two-way guy going forward.

And the Reds are starting him in center field this afternoon.

UPDATE: They’re already underway in Cincinnati and Lorenzen is already having himself a game:

Report: Red Sox to sign Zack Godley

Red Sox sign Zack Godley
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Chris Cotillo of reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.

Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.

The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.

The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.