Twins finalize deal with reclamation righty Anibal Sanchez

The Minnesota Twins have finalized their low-risk contract with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, securing another experienced candidate for their rotation.

For the Twins, he’s another option in a situation with few of them proven. For Sanchez, it’s a late-career chance to potentially get back on track as a reliable starting pitcher and rediscover that winning feeling after some recent rough seasons with the Detroit Tigers.

I can see the opportunity here, too. They are a really good group of players, said Sanchez, who signed the one-year, non-guaranteed deal on Tuesday before throwing his first bullpen session with the team.

In his absence, and Pogba’s presence, United slipped once again into their signature style: a strange grey nothingness that isn’t precisely bad, but certainly isn’t good, and more importantly than either is amazingly dull. It felt very Mourinho-like in one sense, because the result was okay; as Chris Smalling noted after the Sevilla game, you can’t argue with a clean sheet away from home in the first leg. But it lacked any kind of control. Just as well David de Gea is made of only the strongest magnets and the finest velcro.

On Tuesday, it was finally revealed: The Chase Field humidor is a thing. Beginning this season, game balls will have been stored in the humidor, adding moisture to the cowhide, ostensibly to improve the pitcher’s grip, but in fact the repercussions will extend well beyond that.

Baseballs dry out in the hot, arid desert air, rendering a slicker covering. The Diamondbacks will store the game balls in a humidor at the MLB-recommended 70 degrees with 50 percent humidity, yielding balls akin to those used at other ballparks.

You get used to it, the reigning tour Player of the Year, who hopped aboard Woods’ private plane for the trip to Riviera, said after Thursday’s opener.

McIlroy, though finds the clamor surrounding Tiger exhausting.

It’s tiring, McIlroy said. I need a couple Advil just to — I’ve got a headache after all that.royals_007

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