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PHOENIX -- Theyre former Yankees, clubhouse neighbours and, potentially, new platoon
23-05-2018, 09:55 AM
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PHOENIX -- Theyre former Yankees, clubhouse neighbours and, potentially, new platoon
PHOENIX -- Theyre former Yankees, clubhouse neighbours and, potentially, new platoon partners with the Milwaukee Brewers. Daniel Carrico Jersey . That gaping hole at first base might be filled in 2014 by lefty Lyle Overbay and righty Mark Reynolds. Each player signed a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, meaning theyll have to prove themselves -- again -- to stick around. "Its really an uncomfortable feeling," said manager Ron Roenicke, drawing on his own experiences in the majors. "I like that theres competition but I tell you what its a nervous time. I dont have fond memories of spring training." This spring, its Overbay and Reynolds who will be trying to impress Roenicke. Reynolds, 30, has a feast-or-famine reputation with 202 homers in his seven seasons in the majors with a career .233 average. He has struck out at least 154 times in each season since 2008, including 223 strikeouts in 2009. But Roenicke sees some hope in the stats. Last year between the Indians and Yankees, Reynolds had 154 strikeouts with 51 walks, about a 3-to-1 ratio. "He sees pitches. He waits for the pitch he wants to hit," Roenicke said. "Hes not up there hacking at everything, and I think thats the difference." Its a little tough on Reynolds having to win a job going into his eight season in the majors. He is back in the National League though, where he came up with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007. "Honestly, I was just looking for the best place to get at bats. Come in and have a good spring and kind of prove myself all over again," Reynolds said. Reynolds isnt usually that far from Overbay. Theyve got lockers right next to each other in the clubhouse. On Wednesday, there they were sitting next to each other taking a brief break during a sunny afternoon in the dugout during batting practice. And there was Overbay yelling out to Reynolds across the usual morning clubhouse din to pass on a reminder that it was time for a meeting. Overbay, 37, is back in Milwaukee for the first time since the 2005 season. It was after that season that Overbay was traded to Toronto in a deal that opened up first base for Prince Fielder. Since then, there have been stops in Pittsburgh and Arizona before spending 2013 with the Yankees. Overbay hit .240, though he did have a renaissance of sorts with 14 homers and 59 RBIs, both highs for him since 2010. It was with the Yankees, with the aid of hitting coach Kevin Long, that Overbay said he got the lower half of his body on track with his swing for the first two-thirds of the season. Overbay said he got untracked again the last two months, so he wanted to focus this off-season on regaining what he lost. "Sometimes when results arent happening, you resort back to your other path," Overbay said Wednesday. "So those are the kinds of things I wanted to get in muscle memory, so that when I came here and I could it through this whole year." He might potentially be the best defensive first baseman on the Brewers roster. Overbay is also a solid clubhouse presence who appears comfortable with what he needs to do in the latter part of his career. No guarantees yet with the Brewers. Besides Reynolds, returning veteran Juan Francisco, along with younger or less heralded players like Hunter Morris and Sean Halton are also in the mix at first. But without taking a swing in a game, Overbay has made an impression Roenicke. "I like what he has to say out there. I like what some of the younger guys have already come to me and said about him, that doesnt happen that often," Roenicke said. "So hes a guy that were really happy to have in camp." Andre Gomes Jersey .m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Falcons by 3 1/2RECORD VS. Anthony Lopes Jersey . - Houston defensive end J. http://www.soccerportugalshop.com/world-...ll-jersey/ . 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Gregerson appeared to have pitched out of trouble when he threw out pinch hitter Mitch Moreland at the plate on a safety squeeze by Leonys Martin for the second out. Martin stole second and scored when Wilson, who cost the Rangers two runs with a fielding error in the fourth, doubled. Donnie Murphy had two hits and drove in a run for the Rangers, who won their seventh in eight games. Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard drove in runs for the As, who lost their second straight for the first time this season. Josh Reddick had two hits. As starter Tommy Milone allowed three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out one. Nick Martinez was recalled from Double-A to make the start for the Rangers. He lasted five innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out one. Three of Milones walks came in the first inning, when the Rangers took a 2-0 lead. Murphy singled home one run and Robinson Chirinos walked with the bases loaded. The As answered in their half of the first. Jed Lowrie doubled and scored when Donaldson singled. Cespedes hit a double, allowing Donaldson to score. The Rangers regained the lead in the thirrd. Ricardo Quaresma Jersey. Alex Rios walked and went to third on Prince Fielders single. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit into a double play, with Rios scoring. Kouzmanoff left the game after the top of the fourth with tightness in his back. Luis Sardinas entered the game at second base, with Josh Wilson moving to third. With one out in the fourth, John Jaso singled and Reddick reached base when Wilson mishandled his grounder. Sogard hit a sacrifice fly and Crisp followed with his double. Rangers relief pitcher Pedro Figueroa left the game with an apparent back injury after hitting Reddick with a pitch with two outs in the eighth. Ogando replaced him. NOTES: As OF Coco Crisp, who fell hard and bruised his ribs during Monday nights game, had X-Rays taken that were negative. ... As LHP Eric OFlaherty (Tommy John surgery) threw all his pitches at full distance during a bullpen session, encouraging As manager Bob Melvin to ask if he was available for an inning. . The As rejected the Oakland-Alameda County Authoritys 10-year lease proposal. ... RHP Sonny Gray (3-0, 1.80) pitches for the As in Wednesdays matinee game and will make his first start against the Rangers. He is currently 6-0 over his last eight starts dating to last year. ... LHP Martin Perez (3-0, 1.86) will take the mound for the Rangers. He has not allowed a run over his past 17 innings. He will be making his sixth start against the As, his most against any team. ... RHP Colby Lewis (1-1, 4.22) is set to start Fridays game in Seattle but the rest of the weekend rotation is in a state of flux, with LHP Robbie Ross, LHP Matt Harrison, currently on the DL with a back problem, and RHP Yu Darvish all in the mix. 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