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    SportsArizona had much less trouble dealing with the elements this afternoon at
    Wrigley Field, on both sides of the ball. First inning home-runs from Eduardo
    Escobar and David Peralta staked the Diamondbacks to a 2-0 lead, and a Jarrod
    Dyson sacrifice fly extended the edge in the next frame. A three-run sixth
    inning put the game away for Arizona, keyed by a two-run homer from John Ryan
    Murphy. Christian Walker went 4-for-4, raising his season average to
    .353.Meanwhile Zack Greinke was putting up the
    zeroes Daniel
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    , to secure his first career win at Wrigley. He went six
    shutout innings, on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He was
    followed to the mound by the recently rolled-up Taylor Clarke, who made his
    major-league debut. He tossed three scoreless innings, (I'm guessing) to be
    credited with a save. Clarke also got a hit in his first MLB at-bat, with an
    infield single.The full recap will be a while since I'm attending LepreCon this
    weekend with Mrs. Snakepit, who is currently doing a Game of Thrones jewelry
    class. :) The Red Sox will keep all three catchers after all."We’ve known for a
    bit how the Red Sox were planning on sorting out their catching situation, which
    had been one of the biggest questions facing this team since they finished
    celebrating their 2018 world championship. Though they were able to shuffle
    three on the roster through all of last
    season Ketel
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    , it wasn’t going to be realistic in 2019. Dave Dombrowski
    and Alex Cora both acknowledged that to be the case early in the offseason. The
    assumption from most, myself included, was that whoever was deemed the odd man
    out would be in another organization for 2019. That will not be the case, at
    least not to start 2019.Earlier in the week we learned that Sandy Le贸n had been
    placed on waivers, which came on the heels of his name being brought up in trade
    rumors. After he cleared waivers, the Red Sox offered an assignment to
    Pawtucket. Because he was just short of five years of major-league service time,
    Le贸n didn’t have the option of refusing the assignment while still getting his
    So ,
    he was left with a choice of making $2.475 million for 2019 or going to free
    agency. In free agency, he may have had an easier path to the majors but he also
    would have been paid at least $1.5 million less. In the end, he has accepted the
    assignment, keeping the money while staying in a familiar organization.This is
    definitely good news for the Red Sox. Now, the $2.475 million does still factor
    into luxury tax calculations as the loophole that prevents Rusney Castillo’s
    salary from counting has been closed. Even with that modest money on the books,
    Len gives the Red Sox two things. Most importantly, he gives them some depth
    that they know in case one of Christian Vzquez and Blake Swihart underperforms
    or gets hurt. Either of those scenarios is very possible.
    Additionally ,
    we all know how well Le贸n works with pitchers, and now the young arms in
    Triple-A will have him to help them out. That certainly can’t hurt. It should be
    mentioned, because I’ve been asked a few times, that Len would have to go
    through waivers again if he gets back to the majors. He still can’t be sent
    freely between Triple-A and the majors.