The Padres signed Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract in January and gave him a legitimate shot at a starting rotation spot this spring. It didn’t work out. According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the Padres granted Garcia his release on Sunday morning. He is now a free agent and can sign with any team.…
Ravens offensive tackle Alex Lewis was tough to reach when the Ravens drafted him.
Lewis was at the grocery store when the Ravens called. That became a problem. The cell phone signal was bad between Lewis and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and Newsome didn’t have much time, with another pick to make soon.
Newsome finally gave up trying to speak to Lewis, and told coach John Harbaugh to call Lewis’ house.
“So I get on the phone with his mom, and I’m going, ‘Is Alex there?’", Harbaugh told reporters when the draft ended.
“And she goes, ‘No, he’s not. May I ask who is calling?’ I’m like, ‘It’s John Harbaugh, with the Ravens.’ She goes, ‘Oh, well how I can I help you?’ I said, ‘Well, we were hoping that Alex would become a Baltimore Raven, and we’re thinking about drafting him. Is he there right now?’ (She said), ‘No, he just stepped out and he went to the store, but he’ll be back in a little while.’ I’m just going, ‘He’s at the store! What do we do now?’ She goes, ‘Now who is this team again?’
Lewis returned from his grocery run a short time later, spoke to Harbaugh, and all was well. It made for a draft experience the Ravens and Lewis won’t soon forget.
The Redskins have locked up another key member of the team for the prime seasons of his career. The team has announced that Jordan Reed has signed a contract extension.
According to multiple media reports the deal is worth about $50 million over five years. Reed, a third-round pick in 2013, is scheduled to make $1.6 million this year on the final season of his four-year rookie contract.
His new contract will make him the second highest paid tight end in the NFL behind Jimmy Graham of the Seahawks.
Reed had a breakout season in 2015, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.
Tonight's Game: New York Yankees (9-16) vs. Baltimore Orioles (15-11), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Starting pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.87) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.45)
Keys to the Game:
Will the Orioles bounce back from their punchless Wednesday night?
Can Gausman continue his success against the Yankees? He's 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 11 games against them.
News and Notes:
Dating back to Aug. 2014, Gausman has won just three of 26 starts.
Tanaka is 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA in four starts against the Orioles. He has never pitched in Baltimore.
Current Orioles are batting .212 against Tanaka.
Manny Machado has 13 doubles in 26 games.