Matt Harvey impressed over six innings Sunday, allowing two runs versus the Braves.
Reports had Harvey in the mid-90s, topping out at 97 mph, in this one, though his velocity did fade later in the outing. It's still a good sign, as the Mets were hoping to see some 96s and 97s from him leading into the regular season.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Robert Gsellman will open the season in the club's starting rotation.
This has been expected for some time and became even more secure with the injury to Steven Matz. If Matz is unable to be ready for the start of the season, the Mets would also carry Seth Lugo or Zack Wheeler in the rotation. Gsellman is an outstanding target in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-4 and hit his third homer of the spring Sunday in Boston's 7-2 win against Minnesota.
He also had an outfield assist, connecting with Dustin Pedroia on a strong relay to retire Brian Dozier at home plate. Benintendi is hitting .315 with a .980 OPS. The Red Sox gave some thought to hitting him third initially, but it appears they'll stick with the original plan to bat him second and Mookie Betts third, at least against righties. Benintendi could be dropped in the order in favor of Xander Bogaerts versus lefties.
Chris Sale tossed five scoreless innings and struck out six Sunday against the Twins.
Sale has cruised this spring. Even more impressive than his 2.57 ERA is his 26/2 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Kyle Gibson shut out the Red Sox for six innings Sunday in his latest strong effort this spring.
Gibson has a 1.59 ERA and a 19/5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He's yet to allow a single homer, which is a big change after he gave up 20 in 147 1/3 innings during the regular season last year. Gibson is far more likely to be solid than spectacular for the Twins, but they'll take it.
Steve Selsky hit a three-run homer in his lone at-bat off the bench Sunday against the Twins.
It's between Marco Hernandez, Josh Rutledge and Selsky for one spot on the Red Sox bench. The team would certainly prefer to have someone there who can play a quality shortstop; Brock Holt can serve as the backup there, but he's not ideal. Selsky can't do that, but the Red Sox love that he's 13-for-40 with three homers and three doubles this spring. It also helps his case that he's a legitimate option at first base, potentially giving the Red Sox more flexibility to pinch-hit for Mitch Moreland against lefty relievers.
Gregor Blanco is still considered day-to-day with his oblique injury.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo said Sunday that Blanco would have to return to Cactus League action in order to be included on the Opening Day roster, so his time is quickly running out. The veteran outfielder was already on the bubble for a roster spot, so his injury came at the worst possible time.
Max Kepler went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Sunday and is hitting just .156 this spring.
Paul Molitor has been experimenting with new lineup combinations every day. Most of them have had Kepler hitting in the middle of the order, but Kepler found himself down at seventh today, and one wonders if he might not start off there after his ice-cold spring. It'd make him a less attractive option in mixed leagues, at least for the short term.