SEATTLE — Good morning from Pioneer Square, where this is being written on a iPad while drinking some kind of juice that's supposed to be really good for you.
A young woman with blue hair just handed me a brochure for the "Seattle Ghost and Vampire Tour." I'm all set, thanks.
As to the notes:
• The Pirates have claimed INF/OF Oscar Tejeda on waivers. He was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster when the Red Sox obtained Zach Stewart and Brent Lillibridge from the White Sox.
Tejeda looked loaded with promise a few springs ago. But like a lot of players, he faltered once he got to Double A.
Stewart, by the way, made his debut in Pawtucket last night: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
• The Cubs have released Jair Bogaerts, the player the Red Sox sent back as part of the Theo Epstein compensation deal. He was cut out of extended spring training.
The Sox got RHPs Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz in that deal. Carpenter is still recovering from elbow surgery. Kurcz is averaging 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings as a 21-year-old with Portland.
• Baseball America is reporting that the Sox have finished up their deal with shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin of Taiwan. Extra Bases had word of the impending deal a few weeks ago.
Teams are moving quickly with international free agents before bonus restrictions kick in on July 2.
Back later with the lineups from Safeco Field.