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Sharks 3 Jackets 2 : Scoring opportunities tough against bigger San Jose; 12-game point streak ends



Columbus: Z. Werenski (12), Z. Werenski (13)

San Jose: B. Goodrow (7), E. Kane (15), K. Labanc (9)

E. Merzlikins (25 saves, L)

San Jose: A. Dell (21 saves, W)



  • Columbus’ 3-2 loss puts an end to its 12-game point streak (8-1-4, 20 pts.), which was tied for the third-longest in franchise history.
  • It was also the club’s first regulation loss at Nationwide Arena in the last six contests (4-1-1).
  • Today was the first of two meetings between Columbus and San Jose this season.  The Blue Jackets had won three-straight vs. the Sharks before today’s loss.  The two teams will face off again just five days from now, on Thursday, Jan. 9 at SAP Center.
  • Today’s contest kicked off a string of five-straight games vs. Western Conference opponents, with the next four coming on the road as the Blue Jackets embark on a West Coast road swing to take on Los Angeles, Anaheim, the Sharks and Vegas from Jan. 6-11.
  • Columbus fell to 7-3-2 in its last 12 contests with a puck drop prior to 3 pm ET, and is now 16-3-3 in its last 22 matinee games where play began before 5 pm ET.
  • Shots in the game were 28-to-23, San Jose.
  • The Blue Jackets went 0-for-2 on the power play in the contest.
  • Columbus went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill in the game and have killed off 18 of its last 19 penalties on home ice (94.7 pct.).
  • Tonight’s attendance was a sellout crowd of 18,874.



  • D Zach Werenski nabbed the 50th goal of his NHL career in the second period and added another in the third for his fifth goal in his past three games (5-0-5).  His seven tallies since Dec. 21 are tied for the most in the NHL (WPG Connor, 7), while his 13 goals on the season are tied for second among defensemen in the league (NSH Josi, 14).  He had a team-high five shots, plus-2 rating and led all CBJ skaters with 26:10 TOI in the contest.
  • C Boone Jenner had the primary assist on Werenski’s second period goal, giving him 2-3-5 in his last eight contests.  He has 2-2-4 in his last five games vs. the Sharks.
  • RW Nick Foligno has a three-game home point streak (0-3-3) and three assists in his last four contests overall after picking up an assist on Werenski’s second period goal.
  • LW Sonny Milano had the primary helper on Werenski’s third period goal, giving him a single-season career-high nine assists in 2019-20 (8 in 2017-18).  He has points in back-to-back contests (1-1-2) since returning from an eight-game absence due to injury.
  • D Seth Jones also picked up an assist in the third period, giving him seven assists in his last nine games.  His 20 assists on the season are the most on the Blue Jackets.
  • G Elvis Merzlikins made a career-high third-straight start, his 11th this season.  He made 25 saves in the game and has stopped 86-of-91 shots over his past three outings (.945 SV%).
  • LW Eric Robinson had a team-high as well as single-game career-high seven hits in the game.



Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Boone Jenner | Seth Jones | Zach Werenski


Coach Bob Boughner | Logan Couture | Barclay Goodrow | Evander Kane | Kevin Labanc



Sunday, January 5 Practice at 11am PT

Monday, January 6 at Los Angeles Kings – Staples Center (10:30pm ET)

Tuesday, January 7 at Anaheim Ducks – Honda Center (10pm ET)





Rangers name bullpen coach and Nashville manager


Winners announced for 2019 Baseball Writers Association Dallas Fort-Worth Chapter Awards; OF Henry Ramos signed to minor league contract with spring training invite


Arlington, Texas – The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has hired former Major League pitcher Doug Mathis as bullpen coach. Additionally, former big league infielder Darwin Barney has been hired as manager for the Rangers’ Triple-A Nashville Sounds affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.

Mathis, 36, has served as a minor league pitching coach in both the Seattle and Toronto organizations, working at both Clinton (SEA A affiliate, 2017-18) and Buffalo (TOR AAA affiliate, 2019). He moved to the coaching ranks in 2017 after an 11-year professional career that included stints in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Mathis was originally signed by the Rangers after being selected in the 13th round of the 2005 June draft, and he spent his entire big league career with Texas, going 3-3 with a 4.84 ERA over 45 games/6 starts from 2008-10. The Arizona native was drafted out of the University of Missouri.

Mathis replaces Oscar Marin, who was hired as Major League pitching coach by the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 16.

Barney, 34, will be in his first professional coaching role at Nashville. The winner of the 2012 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award at second base, he batted .246 over 814 Major League games in an 8-year career with Chicago-NL (2010-14), Los Angeles-NL (2014-15), and Toronto (2015-17). A non-roster invitee to Rangers spring training camp in 2018, he never signed with another club after being released by Texas on March 19 of that year. The Oregon native was selected by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2007 June draft out of Oregon State University.


The 2019 Texas Rangers team award recipients, selected in balloting by the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, were announced today.

Player of the Year: INF-OF Danny Santana. In his first season as a Ranger, Santana batted a team best .283 with 28 home runs and 81 RBI in 130 games. Santana, who scored 81 runs and stole 21 bases, started games at every infield and outfield position.

Pitcher of the Year: LHP Mike Minor. A first-time A.L. All-Star selection, Minor was 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts. He finished among the A.L. leaders in innings (T4th, 208.1), ERA (6th), opp. BA (8th, .244), WHIP (10th, 1.238), and strikeouts (10th, 8.64).

Rookie of the Year: INF Nick Solak. Acquired from Tampa Bay on July 13, Solak batted .293 with 5 homers and 17 RBI in 33 games. He started 32 games after his recalled from Nashville on August 20 and posted a team best .884 OPS over the remainder of the season.

Harold McKinney Good Guy Award: OF-DH Shin-Soo Choo. In his six season with Texas, Choo batted .265 with 24 home runs and 61 RBI in 151 games. Choo led the Rangers in games, runs (93), doubles (31), walks (78), and on-base percentage (.371).

Richard Durrett Hardest Working Man Award: OF Willie Calhoun. The award is presented annually in the memory of longtime Rangers’ beat writer Richard Durrett to a player who demonstrates significant improvement over the previous seasons or seasons through hard work. Calhoun batted .269 with 21 homers and 48 RBI in 83 games. Beginning July 26, Calhoun led the Rangers with 16 homers and 36 runs scored over the rest of the season. .

Due to the ongoing construction at both Globe Life Field and Globe Life Park in Arlington, the Rangers will not have a public awards dinner or ceremony in January. All of the 2019 team award winners are expected to attend Comerica Peek at the Park at Texas Live! on Saturday, January 25. More information on the free event, which will take place Globe Life Field, Texas Live!, and Globe Life Park from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., will be announced later this month.

RAMOS SIGNS MINORS DEAL: Texas has signed outfielder Henry Ramos to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training camp. The 27-year-old switch-hitter spent all of 2019 with Triple-A Sacramento in the Giants organization, batting .269/.319/.439/.757 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI. He has generated a .891 OPS figure with 19 walks against just 13 strikeouts over 31 games for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League this offseason. Still seeking his first Major League action, Ramos has produced a .275 batting average and .751 OPS over a 10-year pro career in the Boston (2010-16), Los Angeles-NL (2017-18), and San Francisco (2019) systems.

INDIVIDUAL GAME SPRING TRAINING TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY AT SURPRISE STADIUM: The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for walk-up sales for 2020 Texas Rangers individual spring training games this Saturday, January 4. Season tickets, mini plans, and specialty ticket packages for the 2020 spring training games are available for purchase at Online sales for individual game tickets are available at The Rangers open the 2020 Cactus League schedule on Friday, February 21 at 1:05 p.m. MT at Surprise Stadium against the Kansas City Royals (KC is the home team) with Texas’ first home game on Saturday, February 22 versus the Milwaukee Brewers at 1:05 p.m. CT.

More information is available by calling 623-222-2222.

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Nationals sign reliever Will Harris to bolster bullpen


Will Harris throwing for Houston Astros 2015 photo by By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a three-year contract with right-handed pitcher Will Harris on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harris, 35, joins the Nationals after going 4-1 with four saves and a 1.50 ERA in 68 games for the Houston Astros in 2019. He struck out 62 batters, walked 14 and posted a .196 opponents’ batting average in his eighth Major League season.

Harris’ 1.50 ERA (10 ER/60.0 IP) led American League relievers and ranked second among all MLB relief pitchers. He also ranked among American League relievers in opponents’ OPS (5th, .540), opponents’ on-base percentage (6th, .246), opponents’ slugging percentage (6th, .294), WHIP (8th, 0.93) and holds (T8th, 26).

From July 13 through the end of the season, Harris pitched to a 0.99 ERA (3 ER/27.1 IP) with four saves, 13 holds, 36 strikeouts, six walks and a .143 opponents’ batting average. All three earned runs came via solo home runs, with the last one coming on Aug. 30 at Toronto.

In the 2019 Postseason, Harris recorded a 1.86 ERA (2 ER/9.2 IP) with 11 strikeouts and one walk in 12 outings as the Astros fell to the Nationals in the 2019 World Series. Harris has appeared in 23 career Postseason games dating to 2015, recording one save, 10 holds and a 4.08 ERA (8 ER/17.2 IP) along the way.

Following the 2019 season, the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named Harris the winner of the Darryl Kile Good Guy Award for his outstanding season on the mound as well as his professionalism and accountability in the clubhouse.

Since joining the Astros in 2015, Harris ranks third among Major League relievers with a 2.36 ERA. He is 18-13 with 20 saves, 9.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and a 0.99 WHIP during this span.

An American League All-Star in 2016, Harris has pitched parts of eight Major League seasons with the Astros (2015-19), Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-14) and Colorado Rockies (2012). He is 23-18 with 20 saves and a 2.84 ERA in 419 career games. Harris was originally selected in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University.

Washington now has 34 players on its 40-man roster. Please see attached document for updated 40-man roster.



NY Yankees issue statement on MLB suspension of pitcher Domingo German


“We remain steadfast in our support of Major League Baseball’s investigative process and the disciplinary action taken regarding Domingo Germán. Domestic violence — in any form — is a gravely serious matter that affects every segment of our society. Major League Baseball has taken the lead in our industry to make domestic violence awareness and prevention a priority, and we will continue to back those efforts. We are encouraged by Domingo’s acceptance of his discipline, and we sincerely hope this indicates a commitment to making a meaningful and positive change in his personal conduct.

Domingo Germán

“As per the Basic Agreement’s Joint Domestic Violence Policy, the Club will have no further comment on this matter and refer all questions to the Office of the Commissioner.”

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Red Sox sign ex-Indians catcher Kevin Plawecki


Kevin Plawecki bats for the Cleveland Indians in 2019 photo by By Keith Allison: Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today signed catcher Kevin Plawecki to a one-year contract for the 2020 season. To make room on the 40-man roster, the club designated first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis for assignment.

Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.

Plawecki, 28, has played in 297 major league games for the New York Mets (2015-18) and Cleveland Indians (2019), making 238 starts at catcher. The right-handed hitter has batted .218 (188-for-861) with 17 home runs in his major league career, while throwing out 43 of 209 (20.6%) attempted base stealers. He has made three Opening Day rosters, in 2016 and 2018 with the Mets and in 2019 with Cleveland. Last season, Plawecki hit .222 (35-for-158) with three home runs for the Indians, including .277 (23-for-83) in his final 30 games. Selected by the Mets in the first round of the 2012 June Draft (35th overall), he hit .316 (138-for-437) with an .864 OPS for Triple-A Las Vegas from 2016-17, before spending all of 2018 and 2019 in the majors.

Travis, 26, has spent his entire six-year professional career in the Red Sox organization since being selected by Boston in the second round of the 2014 June Draft. He has appeared in 111 major league games and batted .230 (59-for-256) with seven home runs and a .659 OPS. Travis made his first career Opening Day roster in 2019 and appeared in a career-high 59 games over four stints with the club that season, as he made 20 starts at first base, 11 in left field, and six as a designated hitter. In 2015, Travis was named the Red Sox’ Minor League Offensive Player of the Year.

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