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MLB Notes: Reds Pick Newcomer Scott Feldman to Start Against the Phillies on Opening Day

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    MLB Notes: Reds Pick Newcomer Scott Feldman to Start Against the Phillies on Opening Day
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    MLB Notes: Reds pick newcomer Scott Feldman to start against the Phillies on opening day

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cincinnati Reds have chosen newcomer Scott Feldman to start on opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Injuries have depleted the Reds' rotation for the second straight spring training. Homer Bailey had surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow and is expected to miss the first two months of the season. Anthony DeSclafani, who was in line to start the opener on April 3, will go on the disabled list with a sore pitching elbow.

    It'll be the third opening day start for the 33-year-old Feldman. The right-hander also started season openers for Texas in 2010 and Houston in 2014.

    Feldman signed a one-year deal with the Reds on Jan. 26 that guarantees him $2.3 million. He has a chance to make an additional $2.2 million based upon starts.

    Yankees: Gregorius injures shoulder
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit."

    It is not certain how or when Gregorius got hurt while helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the WBC. He hit .348, driving in eight runs and scoring five in the tournament.

    Gregorius had an MRI in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was returning to the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa and will be re-evaluated by team doctors.

    Girardi said the doctor who initially examined Gregorius was "really encouraged by his strength."

    The 27-year-old Gregorius hit .276 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs last season.

    The Yankees have backup shortstops Ronald Torreyes and Ruben Tejada in camp, along with utilityman Tyler Wade and top prospect Gleyber Torres.

    Rays: Kiermaier finalizes 6-year deal
    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Defensive standout Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a six-year, $53.6 million contract extension that keeps the centerfielder with the team through 2022.

    The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2023 which -- including incentives -- could boost the value of the agreement to $66.15 million.

    The two-time AL Gold Glove winner avoided salary arbitration in January when he agreed to a one-year contract that would pay him $2.975 million for the upcoming season.

    The 26-year-old made $514,400 last season while batting .246 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and career-best 21 stolen bases in 105 games.

    Kiermaier missed 48 games with a broken left hand last year, including a stretch when the Rays lost 22 of 25 games to tumble to last place in the AL East.