Na­tion­als: Trump de­clines of­fer to throw out first pitch

In­di­ans com­plete five-year, $26M deal with INF Ramirez.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - DARRON CUM­MINGS / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Washington Na­tion­als said Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clined an in­vi­ta­tion to throw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch be­fore Mon­day’s game against the Mar­lins on open­ing day at Na­tion­als Park be­cause of a sched­ul­ing con­flict.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama threw the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch at the Na­tion­als’ opener in 2010, mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of a pres­i­den­tial pitch to start the sea­son. Wil­liam Howard Taft first did it on April 14, 1910.

In­di­ans: In­fielder Jose Ramirez fi­nal­ized a fiveyear, $26 mil­lion con­tract that in­cludes club op­tions for the 2022 and 2023 sea­sons. The sides agreed to the pact last week. Ramirez, 24, hit .312 with 46 dou­bles, 11 home runs, 76 RBIs and 22 steals last sea­son. He also played four po­si­tions and hit in ev­ery spot in the bat­ting or­der.

Rays: Out­fielder Peter Bour­jos was ac­quired from the White Sox for cash or a player to be named. Bour­jos, 29, hit .251 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 123 games with the Phillies last sea­son.

Ori­oles: Right-han­der Alec Asher was ac­quired from the Phillies for a player to be named or cash. Asher, 26, was 2-7 with a 5.88 ERA in 12 starts for the Phillies in 2015 and 2016. He served an 80-game sus­pen­sion for steroid use last sea­son, when he went 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts. “Good, young arm with op­tions,” Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “I think the plan is for him to come to camp with us and see if we can work him in for an out­ing.”

Reds: Scooter Gen­nett was claimed off waivers from the Brew­ers, giv­ing Cincin­nati an­other op­tion at sec­ond base and a util­ity player off the bench. Gen­nett, 26, grew up in Cincin­nati and will make $2.525 mil­lion this sea­son. An off­sea­son trade that sent vet­eran Bran­don Phillips to At­lanta opened the way for Jose Per­aza to start the sea­son at sec­ond base.

Cubs: Short­stop Ad­di­son Rus­sell be­lieves his back has im­proved to the point where he could re­turn to the lineup as soon as to­day. Rus­sell will need to show some progress soon as the Cubs move closer to fi­nal­iz­ing their 25-man ros­ter by Sun­day night’s sea­son opener at St. Louis, but man­ager Joe Mad­don doesn’t be­lieve Rus­sell could be placed on the 10-day dis­abled list. “Not con­sid­er­ing it right now,” Mad­don said Tuesday. “I talked to (trainer) PJ Mainville, and he said (Rus­sell) is go­ing to be fine.” Rus­sell, who hasn’t played since last Wednesday, plans to get the bulk of work in games at Hous­ton on Thursday and Fri­day.

Mets: Right-han­der Robert Gsell­man struck out six in six in­nings Tuesday against St. Louis in a late au­di­tion to make the team. Asked if he ex­pected Gsell­man, 23, would be­gin the sea­son at Triple-A Las Ve­gas, Mets man­ager Terry Collins re­sponded, “I would not. He’s re­ally had a good spring and thrown the ball re­ally well,” Collins said.

Yan­kees: Catcher Gary Sanchez, who hit 20 homers in 53 games last sea­son af­ter be­ing re­called from Triple-A in Au­gust, will bat sec­ond in the lineup. Man­ager Joe Gi­rardi said he was lean­ing to­ward hav­ing Brett Gard­ner bat lead­off, fol­lowed by Sanchez, Greg Bird, Matt Hol­l­i­day and Ja­coby Ells­bury. Gi­rardi said he had been think­ing about break­ing up the left-handed hit­ting Gard­ner and Ells­bury. “It makes it harder to nav­i­gate through our lineup,” Gi­rardi said.

Twins: First base­man/ DH Byung Ho Park home­red Tuesday and is hit­ting .362 with 10 RBIs in 47 spring at-bats.

Out­fielder Peter Bour­jos, who hit .251 for the Phillies last sea­son, was ac­quired by the Rays.

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