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Ross said Saturday Alzolay joining the rotation has been a fluid conversation the Cubs have been having over the last week. After a rough start to spring training, he seemingly nailed down his spot not only on the roster, but the rotation in that Thursday outing against Los Angeles.New York Mets Face Coverings

“I can’t say Shane Bieber?” asked Cleveland president of baseball ops Chris Antonetti about the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner — rhetorically, I think.

Because the Tigers had to remove a player from the bullpen after adding lefty Derek Holland, eliminating Jimenez should finalize the 2021 Opening Day pitching staff, with five starters and eight relievers.

Though La Russa seemed confident that Hendriks will be ready to go, there exists some chance that the White Sox $54 million man might not be ready for the season-opener next Thursday in Anaheim.Texas Rangers Face Coverings

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Belt, who will turn 33 years old on April 20, also missed last season's Opening Day due to injury. He then returned and had the best season of his 10-year career, hitting .309 with nine homers and a 1.015 OPS over 51 games in the shortened season.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings

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Worked out pretty well, too, for Brown, one of baseball's most distinguished major leaguers on and off the field.

While the Rays are perfectly happy to pick matchups for every single batter faced -- they matched a major-league record with 12 different pitchers recording a save in what was only a 60-game season -- Anderson's absence places more of the late-inning burden on Diego Castillo (who most commonly "closed" during the 2020 postseason) and Peter Fairbanks. They are now my RP29 and RP32, respectively, though Fairbanks' 98-mph heat and 30%-or-so strikeout rate look particularly attractive at that price point.MLB Face Coverings Online Sale