The 3-2 pitch
Here are three observations:
• If you need one example of young players getting it done for their club, look at Texas, where Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Nomara Mazara have helped the Rangers rule the AL West.
• It’s good to see Justin Morneau land with another club. The former MVP has signed with the White Sox, which means his comeback will take place in a pretty good ballpark for hitters.
• If MLB wants to showcase the draft, move the first day to Monday and make it an off day across the league. Make it the only event that day so fans and media can focus on it.
... and two predictions
• Boston should have three locks for the All-Star Game — Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. Steven Wright could make the pitching staff. Dustin Pedroia is a long shot.
• The Twins will try to do more but will make just one trade before the Aug. 1 deadline for trades without waivers.