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Sunday, March 08, 2020

White Sox LH Bummer looking to build on last season

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When Aaron Bummer looks back on his rise from 19th-round draft pick to key reliever for the Chicago White Sox, one day in particular stands out.

The day he found his sinker.

“I think about it all the time,” a smiling Bummer said Saturday.

Bummer used that heavy sinker to become one of the AL’s most reliable relievers last year, compiling a 2.13 ERA and his first career save in 58 appearances. Opponents hit just .184 against the left-hander, and he had a ground-ball rate of 72.1% — second only to Yankees reliever Zack Britton among qualified pitchers, according to FanGraphs.

So, there’s a chance for a banner year from Bummer?

QLE Posted: March 08, 2020 at 12:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs has tough name to live up to

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Carrying one of the most hated sports names in Boston is already enough of a burden, so Jeter Downs won’t also try to be the guy who replaces Mookie Betts.

The former Dodgers prospect, who was named after Hall of Famer Derek Jeter by his Yankees-loving mother, was acquired in the deal that sent Betts to Los Angeles on the eve of spring training.

And he knew the question was coming.

“Obviously, I’m going to get bombarded with this whole name thing,” he said in the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday before the team’s first formal workout of spring training. “It’s pretty cool. And I guess my mom, she knew what she was doing when she named me Jeter.”

I seem to remember losing $5 betting on racing at Jeter Downs in the OTB parlor of a down-market racetrack once.

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2020 at 01:03 AM | 12 comment(s)
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