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  • Jan 9
    Seattle fans don’t need to worry about Russell Wilson.

    The Seahawks quarterback didn’t neglect his football duties during his week
    at spring training with the New York Yankees.

    Wilson did his offseason gridiron drills each morning with his trainer before
    taking the baseball field.

    ”I’m definitely not sitting on the
    couch ,”
    Wilson said.

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are heavy days for Wilson, with
    Wednesday and Saturday light days and Sunday typically off.

    Wilson, who took batting practice with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge
    during his final Yankees’ workout Saturday, gave an autographed football to all
    of his teammates.

    A former minor league infielder, the Yankees acquired him from Texas last
    month and wanted to observe his leadership skills. He wanted to soak up the
    attitude of a franchise with 27 World Series titles.

    Wilson did get an unexpected at-bat in Friday’s game against Atlanta,
    striking out on a 2-2 pitch from left-hander Max Fried.

    The 29-year-old Wilson led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl title after the
    2013 season.

    NOTES: Luis Severino had a strong three-inning simulated game, striking out
    seven and allowing two hits. Third in last season’s AL Cy Young Award
    voting ,
    the right-hander threw 37 of 47 pitches for strikes.

    Severino said an opening day start would mean a lot.

    ”For now, I’m not thinking about that,” Severino said. ”Working on my

    Severino could make his first spring training start Thursday against

    More AP baseball:

    Rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta seems to make history every time he steps
    on the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers barely weeks into his major league

    Fittingly enough, too, since he’s about to face a Cincinnati Reds pitching
    staff — mainly, reliever Michael Lorenzen — that is doing some pretty historic
    things themselves. Only with their bats and not their arms.

    The 22-year-old Peralta is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his first four major league
    starts, including two in which he has struck out 10 or more and allowed only one
    hit. He’s the first pitcher in baseball’s live-ball ERA to do that, and the
    first Brewers pitcher to have two such games in a career.

    How good has Peralta been? He has permitted more than two hits in only one of
    the four starts. In 22 2/3 innings, he has allowed only seven hits and struck
    out 35.

    Peralta is the first major league pitcher since at least 1908 to give up
    three hits or fewer and strike out at least five in each of his first four
    career games.

    “His stuff looks electric from center
    field ,
    and you can see that in the swings and takes and called strikeouts,” Brewers
    outfielder Christian Yelich told reporters after Peralta pitched seven shutout
    innings of one-hit ball to beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Tuesday. “He’s
    been great every time he goes out there, and hopefully that continues.”

    Peralta is doing it without an overpowering fastball, like so many other
    young pitchers are today. He’s throwing his four-seam fastball at an average
    velocity of 91.2 mph, or about what an average starter threw 15 years or so

    “He’s got a high spin rate and the ball just kind of jumps at you, even
    though it’s 92 mph,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

    If the last-place Reds can get to Peralta on Sunday at Great American Ball
    Park — and no team has yet — they would split a four-game series in which they
    lost the first two games.

    Cincinnati bounced back from a 3-2 deficit Saturday with an eight-run seventh
    inning powered by a pinch-grand slam from Lorenzen off a Jacobs Barnes fastball
    and went on to win 12-3 for its 10th victory in 13 games.

    “Michael Lorenzen was pretty special,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman

    Pinch-hit grand slams are rare enough. But by a pitcher?

    What’s even more remarkable is Lorenzen also homered Friday night during an
    8-2 Brewers victory, and he homered in his previous at-bat before that while
    pinch hitting against the Chicago Cubs on June 24.

    “I love playing
    baseball ,”
    Lorenzen said. “Every day, I look forward to contributing in some form.”

    That’s three homers in the last three at-bats for Lorenzen, who’s quickly
    becoming the National League’s bullpen equivalent of the Angels’
    multi-dimensional Shohei Ohtani.

    Lorenzen is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 15 games, and he’s 4-for-6 at the plate.
    He’s the first pitcher with multiple pinch homers in a season since Brooks
    Kieschnick in 2003 — and he has done it in only a week.

    “The guy’s swinging the bat really well, that’s for sure,” Brewers manager
    Craig Counsell said. “We treat him as a position player. Obviously, we’ve got to
    make some adjustments … he’s swinging it well.”

    Then there’s this: No Reds pitcher had hit a grand slam in 59 years, or since
    Bob Purkey in 1959, until starter Anthony DeScalfani did it June 23 against the
    Now ,
    Reds pitchers have hit grand slams twice in eight days.

    Lorenzen’s homer was more than enough for the Reds to overcome Eric Thames‘
    14th home run against them in the two seasons and his fourth this season — the
    first three of which were game-winners.

    Only two of the Reds’ 15 hits Saturday were for extra bases — Lorenzen’s
    homer and a Scooter Gennett double — but they were 8-for-16 with runners in
    scoring position.

    Peralta will go up against veteran right-hander Matt Harvey (3-5), who has
    recently given the Reds a glimpse of his former dominating self with the New
    York Mets. He has won each of his last two starts, giving up three runs in 12
    2/3 innings, after going 0-3 in his previous four starts.