Marlins add Severino Gonzalez from Triple-A New Orleans

The Marlins have selected right-hander Severino Gonzalez from Triple-A New Orleans.

Gonzalez made 27 appearances for Philadelphia in 2016, the last time he was in the majors. He started seven games with the Phillies in 2015, then worked exclusively out of the bullpen the following season.

Also Sunday, the Marlins optioned outfielder Braxton Lee to New Orleans. He was 0 for 4 with a walk in his five plate appearances with Miami this season, appearing in two of the season’s first three games.

It’s a lazy late-winter morning in Arizona and nothing much is happening. Dodgers camp has been dull. Most of the players in the clubhouse, the ones destined for the 40-man roster, were in the organization at the end of last season. The most notable new face is familiar — outfielder Matt Kemp, a former Dodgers All-Star reacquired for reasons that had little to do with his remaining on-field ability.

The most dramatic thing that had happened in camp to that point had been an outbreak of illness that swept through the team’s facility at Camelback Ranch. Players and staff were sent home early one day when that happened and the entire facility was decontaminated.

But, with agency now two weeks old, it would appear two teams are setting themselves up to be on a collision course with trying to unseat the Philadelphia Eagles as the NFC champion – the Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams. Other teams have made a splash – Detroit has signed a plenty of players and even the free agent-stingy Packers have broken from tradition with a new general manager, signing defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson and tight end Jimmy Graham and tendering a big-money offer sheet to cornerback Kyle Fuller (only to have the Bears match).

Now we’ve seen it for real: Shohei Ohtani got a hit in his first major league at-bat, and then he got a win in his major league pitching debut. He sat at 98 mph as a pitcher, after rapping grounders 95, 102 and 104 mph as a batter. The extraordinary experiment he and the Los Angeles Angels are embarking on this year — to make him the game’s first two-way superstar in a century — looks credible.patriots_112

Where do the Cardinals go from here? They’ve got to address the quarterback situation.

What’s next for the Raiders? Del Rio is a defensive-minded head coach. But while this experiment did not work, the Raiders will probably hire another coach who preaches defense. Offensively, the Raiders should be fine.

Carr took a big step back this year. But when he is healthy and at his best, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Luckily for Carr, Oakland has a great receiver tandem in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.

“That’s the fine line, that you’ve got to be careful of [not] taking the aggression away from your quarterback … because I don’t ever want to do that,” Pederson says. “But at the same time, we’ve got to continue to educate and talk to him about sliding and protecting himself, getting down, all of that; the longevity of the season and his well-being. It’s a fine line, but we’ll just continue to talk to him about those issues.”

Palmer was signed with the team through 2018, and they don’t have any other quarterbacks on the roster for 2018. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert didn’t exactly light the world ablaze filling in for Palmer after his injury, and neither is under contract with the team for 2018 anyway.

A baseball stadium might seem like an unusual place for the Eagles to practice, but in fact, the Los Angeles Rams (version 1.0) played here from 1980 to 1994. The goalposts the Angels put up for the Eagles are the same ones used by the Rams back then and stored for decades in a hallway in the bowels of the stadium. The venue also regularly hosts high school football playoffs, though this year’s games were moved because of ongoing renovations to the stadium’s scoreboards and sound system.

The conversion process is relatively simple: The pitcher’s mound is removed and a laser is used to lower the infield dirt, over which a thick layer of sod is laid down. Early in the week Eagles players commented on the slick grass and having to wear their longer, screw-in cleats. The Angels adjusted—they stopped watering the grass so that the players would have better footing. The Eagles had flown their groundskeeper out the previous week, and the field was lined and painted before the Eagles kicked off in Seattle.
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