Friday, January 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Morales ends his wait, appears as Twins DH

TORONTO — Newly signed slugger Kendrys Morales made his debut for the Twins on Monday, going 1-for-3 as the designated hitter in a 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

Morales batted sixth against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey a day after signing a one-year, prorated contract. He hit .277 with 23 homers and 80 RBIs with Seattle last season, and had been working out in Miami while waiting to join a team.

"He's been swinging, he's been facing pitchers down there, so it's not like it's just cold turkey," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's not coming out of a hospital bed."

More Twins: They signed SS Nick Gordon, the No. 5 overall pick of last week's first-year player draft out of Orlando Olympia High. He will get the signing bonus value assigned to his draft slot: $3,851,000.

Pirates: Touted OF prospect Gregory Polanco was called up when 2B Neil Walker was placed on the 15-day disabled list after having an appendectomy.

Rangers: 1B Mitch Moreland is considering a procedure on his left ankle that could get him back two months earlier than planned. The team said Moreland could have a bone removed in the back of the ankle rather than reconstructive surgery that would sideline him for three months. The shorter timetable is three to four weeks.

Tigers: Two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera played against the White Sox a night after he left a loss to Boston with left hamstring tightness.

Ump leaves after hit: Home plate umpire Jim Wolf left the Indians-Rangers game after taking a foul ball off his mask in the sixth inning. Wolf was replaced by second base umpire Mark Ripperger after a nearly 10-minute delay.

Yankees-Royals, ppd.: The Yankees' scheduled game at Kansas City was postponed by rain. The game will be made up Aug. 25 at a time to be determined.

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