ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Reliever Tommy Hunter, outfielder Peter Bourjos and first baseman Rickie Weeks, Jr. will be on Tampa Bay's opening day roster after joining the Rays on minor league contracts.
The team said Saturday that Hunter, Bourjos, Weeks and catcher Jesus Sucre will be selected and added to the major league roster before Sunday's season opener against the New York Yankees.
Meanwhile, reliever Brad Boxberger (right flexor strain), infielder Matt Duffy (recovering from Achilles surgery) and OF Colby Rasmus (recovering from hip surgery) will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list DL.
Right-handed pitchers Nathan Eovaldi (Tommy John surgery) and Kevin Gadea (right forearm tendinitis), catcher Wilson Ramos (recovering from knee surgery) and reliever Shawn Tolleson (right flexor strain) will go on the 60-day DL.
Blue Jays: Manager Gibbons signs extension
TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has received a contract extension through the 2019 season after guiding Toronto to the playoffs the last two years.
The team said Saturday there is a club option for the 2020 season. His contract had been restructured before the 2016 season.
Gibbons has spent parts of nine seasons as Toronto's manager. He helped the team end a 22-year postseason drought in 2015.
Last fall, the Blue Jays finished 89-73, beat Baltimore in the AL wild-card game, defeated Texas in the AL Division Series and lost to Cleveland in the ALCS.
The Blue Jays open this season at Baltimore on Monday. Toronto's home opener is April 11 against Milwaukee.
Red Sox: Selsky recalled from minors to finalize 25-man roster
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have recalled infielder Steve Selksy from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned infielder Marco Hernandez.
The moves, announced Saturday by Red Sox manager John Farrell, finalize the team's 25-man roster for opening day.
Selsky was optioned to Pawtucket earlier in the week, but Farrell ultimately decided he was worth bringing back.
Speaking at the Naval Academy before the Red Sox faced Washington in an exhibition game, Farrell said Selsky provides Boston with a right-handed bat that "gives us some balance to the bench."
Farrell says Selsky's ability to play first base was "another main component" in the decision.
He says the roster will remain in a state of flux for a couple weeks, but adds, "I'm excited about the group we'll open up Monday with."
Boston obtained the 27-year-old Selsky off waivers during the offseason.