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Sale hit in hip, expects to start opener

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) This was not the sight the Boston Red Sox envisioned in Chris Sale's final spring training tuneup: Their ace crumpled on the ground, knocked off the mound by a line drive.

Sale quickly got up, flexed his leg a few times and walked off the field under his own power Saturday. The AL East champions called it a bruised left hip, and Sale said the injury wasn't serious and wouldn't jeopardize his opening day start Thursday at Tampa Bay.

"I don't see anything lingering from this," Sale said. "Looked a lot worse than it really is."


Cardinals closer Gregerson to open on DL

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) St. Louis closer Luke Gregerson will begin the season on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, manager Mike Matheny said on Saturday.

Gregerson injured the hamstring during conditioning drills. He hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since Tuesday, when he struck out two in an inning. There is no announced timetable for his return.


Yanks' Cashman worried about Bird's foot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Yankees first baseman Greg Bird has inflammation in his right foot and will be evaluated by a specialist in New York on Monday.

Bird was scratched from the starting lineup in a split-squad road game Saturday against Atlanta. He had an initial examination by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Murphy and later underwent CT and MRI exams.


Colon cut by Rangers, could rejoin them

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The Texas Rangers have cut pitcher Bartolo Colon, but the popular 44-year-old could rejoin them soon.

The Rangers released Colon from his minor league contract. The team faced a Saturday deadline to either add the right-hander to their 25-man roster, cut him or pay him $100,000 to stick around for now.


Royals' Duffy exits with tight shoulder

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy made an early exit in his final spring tuneup Saturday because of shoulder tightness, but said he's certain he will be OK to pitch on opening day.

Duffy is scheduled to start the opener for the second straight year, facing the Chicago White Sox at home on Thursday.


Brewers won't keep Gallardo; Guerra down

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have optioned Junior Guerra, their opening day starter a year ago, to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Guerra has made five spring starts and is scheduled to pitch Sunday's Cactus League finale against the Chicago White Sox. The 33-year-old right-hander, who had a groin injury in the opener at Cincinnati last year, was hampered all season and finished with a 5.12 ERA in 70 1-3 innings. He has a 3.15 ERA in 20 spring innings.


Corbin to start opener for Diamondbacks

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Left-hander Patrick Corbin has been chosen to start for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day.

Manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement Saturday. He'll make his first opening day start Thursday night when the Diamondbacks host Colorado - Arizona beat the Rockies last year in the NL wild-card game.


C Vazquez, BoSox reach deal through 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Catcher Christian Vazquez and the Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a new contract that takes him through the 2021 season.

The deal announced Saturday includes a team option for 2022. Media reports said Vazquez, who had been signed for 2018, was assured more than $13 million with the three extra guaranteed years.


Marlins RHP Straily to go on DL

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Dan Straily will begin the season on the disabled list, the latest setback for the depleted Miami Marlins.

Straily was originally set to start the second game of the season, next weekend at home against the Cubs. But the right-hander exited Monday's minor league game early because of forearm tightness after throwing 60 pitches, and an MRI revealed inflammation.

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