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10.07.2019 04:19
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ST. PETERSBURG , Fla. (AP) — strategy of using relievers as openers, are trying another experiment on the mound in the minors — they’re stacking two-way players to start games.The focus Saturday night at Triple-A Durham was on two-way prospect Brendan McKay pitching against rehabbing New York Yankees sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.McKay entered in the second inning. He followed Jake Cronenworth, an infielder who’s also getting regular work as a pitcher.“That’s where the game is evolving,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before Sunday’s game with the Los Angeles Angels. “I know we’re going to continue to explore those options.”With most major league teams having only three or four position players on the bench, the two-way players could offer greater flexibility.“It can really help your roster,” Cash said. “What we’re finding out there’s a way to manage it. We’re probably going to talk a lot more about it in the offseason. But if you got these versatile players there’s a lot of good that can be done with managing the roster.”After Cronenworth worked a scoreless first Maury Wills Jersey , McKay allowed one hit in five shutout frames as the pair held Judge and Stanton hitless in six combined at-bats, including four strikeouts.McKay fanned Stanton twice and Judge once in four plate appearances.Cash got a big smile when asked if he enjoyed reading the report on the outing by McKay, who is a candidate to be called up to the majors later this year.“He’s just been outstanding,” Cash said. “Seems like he does the same thing every time, five or six innings, 75, 80 pitches Fernando Valenzuela Jersey , seven, eight strikeouts, one walk, limits damage. Hope to see continued progress and maybe we’ll be talking about those outings up here soon.”McKay is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four games with Durham. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft was hitting just .219 through his first 32 at-bats as a designated hitter but had three homers.Cronenworth has been impressive, too, allowing two hits over four scoreless innings in four opener outings. He entered Sunday hitting .357 with seven homers and 33 RBIs. Start your morning with some of the best Astros links around"Astros NewsThe big news from yesterday were the extensions, including five-years , $100 million for the young Mr. Bregman (MLB Trade Rumors)Ryan Pressly got himself one as well, locking him in for an extra two years at $17.5 million (MLB Trade Rumors)Maybe it’s time to also lock in one of the big arms in the rotation since it’s Verlander and Cole who give the Astros the edge (Texas Sports Nation)A rotation that will need to do some slight shuffling now that the weather cancelled yesterday’s game (Houston Chronicle)After yesterday’s cuts, the Astros last spot in the bullpen is down to just two players (Houston Chronicle)Nick Tanielu was among those cuts, but he’s earned himself a few more days with the big league club (Texas Sports Nation)In addition to getting paid by the Astros, Alex Bregman will make some money on a new Adidas contract (Twitter)Yesterday was a big day for extensions, so what does it mean for the future of Astros baseball? (The Runner Sports)AJ Hinch’s recent run-in with Angel Hernandez should be the last straw for the diva umpire (Houston Sportsmap)Around the LeagueThe first regular season game of 2019 was a slugfest, with the Mariners jumping all over the A’s in Japan ( Kenley Jansen Jersey , of course, the big news is Mike Trout’s mega-extension (FanGraphs)Which hopefully signals that the Angels are ready to start competing and stop wasting one of the game’s generational talents (The Ringer)Though some think that the contract is more about Mike Trout’s loyalty for the only team he’s ever known (Sports Illustrated)Yankees pitching continues to fall apart as Dellin Betances will start the season on the IL (Yahoo Sports)While Craig Kimbrel may start his season with Milwaukee if rumors are to be believed ( of baseball’s most unbreakable records will get broken this season? (ESPN)

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