Left-hander Marco Gonzales will get the opening day start for the Seattle

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Left-hander Marco Gonzales will get the opening day start for the Seattle

Postby panxing18 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:47 am

PEORIA Greg Holland Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Mariners when they begin the 2019 season in Japan against the Oakland Athletics on March 20. New Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi will get the ball for the second game of the series.Seattle manager Scott Servais announced the starters for the opening series on Saturday. The announcement was expected based on the Mariners’ rotation during spring training.Kikuchi already was going to be in the spotlight returning to Japan after signing with Seattle in the offseason, but getting the start in the second game against the A’s will only heighten the attention.Gonzales getting the nod for the opener ends Felix Hernandez’s run of 10 straight opening day starts for Seattle. Gonzales is beginning his second full season with Seattle and is coming off a 13-9 record and 4.00 ERA. CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds hired Turner Ward from the Dodgers as their hitting coach on Tuesday, their second significant addition under new manager David Bell.Cincinnati also hired Derek Johnson from Milwaukee as its pitching coach. The Dodgers and Brewers played in the NL Championship Series, with Los Angeles advancing to the World Series for the second straight year and losing to Boston.Ward spent the last three seasons as the Dodgers’ hitting coach. They set club records for homers, extra-base hits and slugging percentage each of the last two seasons. The Dodgers led the NL with 235 homers last season.Ward is from Alabama and was attracted to the Reds’ job in part because it would get him closer to home.“The vision of what they’re trying to do, I can see it http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey ,” Ward said on a conference call. “I’ve been impressed with their offense. Also, add the logistics of being closer to home. Family is very important to me and it made it hard being in LA.”The Reds finished eighth in the NL in runs and ninth in homers despite playing in one of its most hitter-friendly ballparks. They batted only .227 with runners in scoring position after the All-Star break, contributing to another losing season. The rebuilding Reds have dropped 98, 94, 94 and 95 games in the last four years, their worst such slump since the 1930s.Bell knew Ward from their playing days and spent hours on Sunday talking to him about his hitting philosophy. Ward played 12 seasons in the majors with Cleveland http://www.rockiesfanproshop.com/authentic-chad-bettis-jersey , Toronto, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Philadelphia.“When I found out this was a possibility, I immediately got excited about it,” Bell said. “To Turner’s credit Tyler Anderson Jersey , he was willing to spend basically the entire day with me.”The Reds fired manager Bryan Price after a 3-15 start and decided not to retain interim manager Jim Riggleman. Dick Williams, the president of baseball operations, said the Reds wanted to go outside the organization in its next step of rebuilding.“We went into the offseason committed to putting new leadership in place in the clubhouse, and interested in seeing where that would take us,” Williams said. “We thought some new voices in the clubhouse and a variety of perspectives coming in from other organizations would be a good thing.”

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