UPDATE: In accordance with a live replace through the SportsNet LA broadcast, the workforce's training staff confirmed X-rays were unfavorable. The Dodgers have since officially introduced the news. Exhale, Dodgers fans.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Wednesday night time's sport after being hit by a pitch in the left hand. He was in obvious ache afterwards, and whereas he tried to speak supervisor Don Mattingly and the coaching staff into allowing him to remain in, he was faraway from the game instantly.
Listed below are two angles of the pitch:
Ramirez, 30, missed the start of last season with a thumb harm suffered while diving for a ball during the World Baseball Classic. He additionally missed time with a hamstring drawback. Despite the Dodgers-Giants rivalry, it is fairly clear Ryan Vogelsong did not hit Hanley deliberately.
In 14 games coming into Wednesday, Ramirez was hitting291/.381/.527 (147 OPS+) with seven doubles and two home runs. He hit a robust345/.402/.638 (189 OPS+) with 20 home runs in 86 video games after returning from the thumb and hamstring issues last season.
The Dodgers have not but released an replace on Ramirez. Clearly dropping him for any length of time could be devastating.
In the fourth inning of Sunday evening's loss to the Yankees, John Farrell of the Red Sox turned the primary supervisor to be ejected for arguing an overturned name. MLB admitted to botching a name in opposition to Boston on Saturday and it appeared the frustration boiled over.
The call was overturned after Yankees skipper Joe Girardi challenged a bang-bang play at first base. Francisco Cervelli was called out on a would-be inning-ending double play, but replay confirmed he beat the throw. The call was overturned, Cervelli was safe at first, and a run scored on the play. The run wound up being the distinction in the recreation.
"It was clear the replay was inconclusive," stated Farrell to reporters after the sport. "On the heels of yesterday, this is a tough tablet to swallow. It's arduous to have a lot faith within the system right now."
Managers have been instructed not to argue calls following a replay, but there does not seem like a rule that says arguing ends in an computerized ejection. Farrell did get his money's worth although, chewing out the umpires fairly good before walking off the field.
The Yankees held on for a 3-2 win within the series finale, taking three games in the four-sport set.
L. A. – Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed Friday night to a $one hundred forty four.5 million, six-yr contract, protecting baseball's brightest younger star beneath membership control through 2020.
The Angels mentioned the 22-yr-previous, two-time All-Star and his household shall be at a information convention Saturday in Anaheim to formally announce the contract along with owner Arte Moreno, supervisor Mike Scioscia and general supervisor Jerry Dipoto.
Few gamers in main league history have approached Trout's accomplishments in his first two full main league seasons. The speedy outfielder is a 5-software player and one of the darlings of baseball's sabermetrics crowd, known for putting up old style highlights and statistical superlatives on a regular basis.
"I feel all people is obviously thrilled that it got finished," Scioscia mentioned Friday night time at Dodger Stadium after the Angels' exhibition sport, which Trout missed with a abdomen virus. "He's a special participant and a particular individual."
The Millville, N.J., product was a unanimous selection for AL Rookie of the 12 months in 2012, and he completed second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.
The Angels agreed with star slugger Mike Trout on a $one hundred forty four.5 million, six-year contract extension.
Trout's deal came on the same day Cabrera finalized a $292 million, 10-12 months take care of the Detroit Tigers, the richest contract in American sports.
The free-spending Angels had been decided to reward Trout whereas locking up their prized possession past his first few years of eligibility for arbitration and free company. Los Angeles has been quietly negotiating with Trout's representatives all through spring training, and the club closed the deal three days before Opening Day at Angel Stadium.
Trout agreed on Feb. 26 to a $1 million, one-12 months contract for 2014, far more than the Angels have been required to supply him. His new deal runs from 2015-20.
The outfielder would have been eligible for arbitration for the primary time after this season, and without spending a dime agency following the 2017 World Sequence. Now, he cannot turn out to be a free agent until no less than age 29.
It is the latest massive-cash deal for the Angels, who are getting into the third season of a $240 million, 10-year contract with first baseman Albert Pujols, the second season of a $a hundred twenty five million, five-12 months settlement with outfielder Josh Hamilton and the third season of an $eighty five million, five-12 months contract with pitcher Jered Weaver.
But whereas the Angels' offers for Pujols and Hamilton have been criticized for their lavish nature and the 30-one thing sluggers' ensuing lack of manufacturing, Los Angeles is locking up Trout early in an uncommonly promising career.
Trout's contract is not worth as a lot as Cabrera's deal in Detroit, however it nonetheless would allow Trout to hit free agency at an age when he might be within the prime of his career.
And when his new deal ends, Trout will nonetheless be younger than the 30-yr-previous Cabrera is now.
Trout's average wage of $24,083,333 under the brand new deal is ninth in the majors, trailing only those of Clayton Kershaw, Cabrera, Alex Rodriguez, Justin Verlander, Ryan Howard, Hamilton, Felix Hernandez and Zack Greinke.
Trout is batting314 with 62 homers and 196 RBIs in just 336 profession video games, including 40 games in 2011. He additionally has stolen 86 bases while playing stellar protection and making two All-Star teams, starting for the AL last summer.
He's one in all 4 players in baseball history to bat320 with 50 homers and 200 runs in his first two full seasons, becoming a member of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Pujols.
Trout has achieved nearly all the pieces besides group success during his quick major league career. The Angels have missed the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, and they finished seventy eight-eighty four final yr, their worst record in a decade.
The deal offers huge security for Trout. He obtained a bonus of $1,215,000 when he signed after the Angels selected him with the twenty fifth general choose within the 2009 newbie draft. He made $482,500 two years in the past and earned a $10,000 bonus for successful the rookie award, then was unilaterally renewed by the Angels last 12 months at $510,000 – $20,000 above the large league minimal on the time.
That deal sparked criticism from many Angels fans who thought Trout deserved more compensation for his outstanding play. They also nervous the relatively meager deal – and the Angels' resolution to maneuver Trout from his preferred middle subject to left final season – may bitter the budding famous person on the group.
Trout is again in middle discipline this season, and Moreno made certain Trout couldn't doubt the Angels' monetary dedication to him.
Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera has agreed to phrases with the Detroit Tigers on a new 10-12 months contract that may pay him $292 million, a baseball supply mentioned.
The brand new contract, which covers the 2 years remaining on Cabrera's current deal and eight extra years, is anticipated to develop into official later this week, the supply said.
In keeping with CBSSports.com, which earlier reported Detroit and Cabrera had been closing in on an settlement, the new deal also contains two further vesting choices price $30 million apiece for years 11 and 12 that would bring the full of the deal to $352 million.
Multiple media shops have reported that Cabrera must move a physical examination earlier than his new deal is complete.
If the new contract is calculated as a single, 10-yr entity, it will surpass the ten-12 months, $275 million deal that Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in December 2007, as the most important in Main League Baseball historical past.
Based mostly on a profession common of 607 at-bats per season and an average of $30 million yearly, Cabrera would earn $forty nine,423 per at-bat.
Cabrera, who turns 31 in April, is an eight-time All-Star in eleven seasons with the Marlins and Tigers. He's a321 career hitter with 365 residence runs.
He's the only main league player with one hundred or more RBIs in each of the previous 10 seasons, and last 12 months he turned the first Tiger to win three consecutive batting titles since Ty Cobb achieved the feat from 1917 to 1919.
Cabrera led the majors with a348 batting average last 12 months and his 44 homers and 137 RBIs had been each second to Baltimore's Chris Davis.
The Venezuelan slugger received the Triple Crown in 2012 – changing into the sport's first participant to lead either league in batting average, homers and RBIs since 1967.
The Tigers accomplished the extension with Cabrera only a few days after talks broke off on an extended-time period take care of pitcher
, the reigning AL Cy Younger Award winner.
The Tigers stated that Scherzer and his agent, Scott Boras, rejected an extended-term supply that will have placed Scherzer among the many highest-paid pitchers within the sport.
Boras mentioned it was the Tigers who took a pass on a multiyear offer from Scherzer.
No matter how the breakdown occurred, Scherzer's negotiations have been tabled. Barring a shock, he'll pitch for Detroit this season and hit the open market as a free agent in November.
Data from ESPN.com's Darren Rovell and The Associated Press was used in this report.
THE BIG APPLE – Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers have knocked Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees off baseball's payroll perch, a part of an offseason spending spree that has the common wage approaching $four million for the first time.
The Dodgers are ending the Yankees' 15-12 months streak as baseball's greatest spenders and as of Tuesday had a projected payroll of $235 million, based on examine of all main league contracts by The Related Press.
Zack Greinke has a $24 million wage from the Dodgers within the second season of his $147 million, six-year deal. Because of his ban, Alex Rodriguez will earn only $2.9 million of his $25 million wage.
New York, which last did not prime the payroll rankings in 1998, was a distant second at $204 million. After that, it was one other big hole to Philadelphia at $a hundred and eighty million, adopted by Boston at $163 million and Detroit at $162 million.
Houston is final at $forty five million, up from $27 million initially of last yr, and Miami at $48 million stays twenty ninth.
Some massive-market groups are among the smaller spenders, with the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs projected at $89 million, ranked 22nd and 23rd.
Rodriguez, who holds the file for the largest deal in baseball history at $275 million over 10 years, is suspended for the season for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. Due to the ban, he'll earn solely $2,868,852 of his $25 million salary – 21 days pay for the 183-day season.
Greinke would have turn out to be the very best-paid player, even if Rodriguez was getting all his money. The pitcher has a $24 million salary within the second season of his $147 million, six-year contract, and since he can opt out of the deal after the 2015 season, baseball's accounting rules name for his $12 million signing bonus to be prorated over the first three seasons.
"We have great possession and a terrific fan base, and we have to do what we can to win games," Dodgers general supervisor Ned Colletti said last week in Sydney, the place Los Angeles swept its opening, two-sport collection in opposition to Arizona.
"I do not suppose the blokes worry about it. I know we do not worry about it," Colletti stated. "We're anticipated to win, and that is how we go about it. Money does not imply you win. Cash simply means you've an opportunity to get the best players."
As of Tuesday, the average salary projected to be between $three.95 million and $four million, with the ultimate figure relying on how many players are put on the disabled list by the point opening-day rosters are finalized at three p.m. Sunday.
That translates to an increase of eight to 10 % from final year's opening common of $three.sixty five million and would be the most important increase since 2006 or probably even 2001.
"I am not shocked. With the type of revenues golf equipment are enjoying today, the average salaries are going to go up," New York Mets general supervisor Sandy Alderson mentioned.
Illustrating the speed of escalation, the opening-day average was $1.07 million when Derek Jeter first reached the major leagues in 1995, broke the $2 million mark in 2001 and spurted past $3 million in 2008.
"I believe it is nice. I think it simply shows the game is rising, fan curiosity is there," mentioned Jeter, the Yankees captain who is retiring at the end of this season. "The enterprise of baseball looks like it's booming pretty good proper now."
The typical U.S. wage in 2012 was $forty two,498, based on the Social Security Administration, the newest determine out there and an annual increase of three.12 %.
Following Greinke on the best-paid record are Philadelphia's Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee at $25 million, the Yankees' CC Sabathia at $24.three million, and Seattle's Robinson Cano and Texas' Prince Fielder at $24 million every.
The AP's figures embody salaries and prorated shares of signing bonuses and other guaranteed income for players on active rosters, disabled lists and the restricted checklist. For some gamers, parts of deferred money are discounted to replicate present values.
Payroll figures think about adjustments for money transactions in trades, signing bonuses which can be the responsibility of the membership agreeing to the contract, choice buyouts, and termination pay for launched gamers.
As an example, the Yankees are receiving $18.6 million from the Los Angeles Angels to cover a lot of the $21 million resulting from outfielder Vernon Wells, who has been released, and $thirteen million from the Chicago Cubs to pay most of the $18 million owed outfielder Alfonso Soriano. The Mets' payroll include buyouts to Johan Santana ($four.9 million present worth) and Jason Bay ($2.7 million present value).
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin has undergone season-ending elbow surgery after a second opinion confirmed the need for the ligament restore.
Patrick Corbin has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament and will be out all of this season and possibly a part of the following.
The operation was performed Tuesday by famous surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Florida. Corbin revealed the operation by way of Twitter, and Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell confirmed it later within the day when the team gathered for its first exercise since returning from its season-opening series in opposition to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia.
Corbin has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament and might be out all of this season and probably part of the following. The sixteen-recreation winner felt discomfort and needed to leave his start last week.
Trammell was in command of the Diamondbacks' exercise because supervisor Kirk Gibson underwent a procedure to restore a torn meniscus in his left knee. Gibson is expected to be out a couple of days.
Jimmy Rollins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996, has played his whole career with the group and has received a league MVP award and a World Sequence title.
However there is robust sentiment inside the group that the Phillies can be higher off trading him and establishing a brand new tone with a new shortstop, in keeping with sources.
There's one main hurdle – perhaps insurmountable – to any potential deal, in fact. Rollins has the precise to veto any commerce proposals, and he intends to remain. Rollins informed CSN Philly on Sunday that he won't waive his no-commerce rights anytime soon, indicating that he'd like to break Mike Schmidt's franchise report for hits. Rollins has 2,175 hits, 60 shy of Schmidt.
Rollins was benched on three successive days last week by Ryne Sandberg, who's entering his first full season as the Phillies' manager. The 2 talked and Sandberg downplayed the notion of a rift.
"[He's] an necessary part of the group," Sandberg instructed MLB.com. "He is got his role on the team as a veteran player, and he comes into spring coaching in very good form every year, and he has once more this 12 months. He's bought his enjoying time and at-bats developing. It's also a long season enjoying up the center, so with him and Chase [Utley], I am cautious with their days. I do know the grind of a season, and Jimmy plays over a hundred and fifty games a year. It's the time of the spring proper now where he'll have a while [off] down the stretch."
Nonetheless, sources indicate that some in influential positions in the organization need Rollins to lead, by investing himself extra completely in day by day work and setting a powerful instance for others. If Rollins is not going to do this, the sentiment of some is that the crew can be better off transferring him as quickly as potential.
Rollins, 35, will make $eleven million this 12 months, and with 434 plate appearances in 2014, an $eleven million possibility for the 2015 season would vest.
MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro's return to the lineup has been indefinitely delayed as he deals with fluid in his leg from a hamstring injury suffered on March 2.
AP Picture/Ross D. FranklinShortstop Starlin Castro is taking his recovery from a hamstring harm in stride. "I don't wish to rush myself," Castro said. "If I can play in 10-12 games in spring coaching I feel I'll be good for the season."
Initially, the Cubs stated Castro can be out of the lineup for seven to 10 days, but on Friday morning, supervisor Rick Renteria gave no exact timetable on when Castro may play once more.
"I don't have a set date in my head proper now," Renteria mentioned. "That is all primarily based on how he is progressing. He's progressing well."
Earlier in the week, Castro indicated he might be back by this weekend, however Renteria mentioned he wouldn't play earlier than Monday. Now, Castro says it might be another week, as he is running at solely "forty %."
"I do not want to rush myself," Castro mentioned. "If I can play in 10-12 games in spring coaching I think I'll be good for the season."
The Cubs have 16 days of video games left on their spring schedule earlier than their season opener in Pittsburgh.
"He knows his body greater than I do," Renteria said. "He could possibly be seventy five-80 percent in three-four days. We simply don't know."
Castro injured his proper hamstring sliding into second base during the Cubs' second Cactus League sport. He hurt his left hamstring final spring and went on to have the worst season of his career, though the harm did not plague him in the course of the season. He started taking batting observe Thursday.
He wants to be one hundred pc come April and needs to get back to stealing bases once more. He had simply nine final season after swiping 25 in 2012.
"That is one in all my goals," Castro stated. "Steal lots of bases. I can do it as a result of I have a green gentle now. After I need to run, I run."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds placed on a San Francisco Giants uniform Monday morning for the first time since his remaining main league recreation as a participant in 2007. He's noticeably slimmer than in his final seasons as a player – shedding considerable weight since becoming an avid bicycle owner – so the uniform is probably a somewhat smaller size than he beforehand wore, however he was delighted to wear it once more.
At forty nine, Bonds says he may nonetheless hit balls out of the park, however the sport's controversial home run king is just not here to do this. He's here to work for the following seven days as a roving teacher for the Giants and supervisor Bruce Bochy. Bonds expressed interest in working past that in some position but needs to see how issues go first.
"I am extra nervous at this than when I used to be playing, because as a player, it was only my mind, me," Bonds mentioned, addressing a number of dozen reporters. "Now I am trying to put that [data] into other players' minds. I am a little extra nervous being on this side than that facet. Hopefully I can simply carry some good value to the ballclub. Hopefully, I can carry value to these guys and then let Bochy see how I do.
"I might reasonably allow them to evaluate me, after which hopefully something good can come out of this."
Bonds said the thought of working as an teacher came up at a current charity occasion and that it was a great time to get again within the recreation.
"The timing was proper on both sides," Bochy stated. "That's why it's occurring now. We welcome all former gamers. When you have a look at our camp, Jeff Kent simply left. J.T. Snow is here. Wealthy Aurilia is here. Randy Winn is here. Will Clark is coming in. And we're excited about Barry being right here to help out in so many different aspects of the sport. Not just hitting. This guy was an amazing baserunner and outfielder.
"I think it's going to be good for each side. Good for Barry to see how this will work for him and good for the gamers to work with one of many nice minds in baseball."
When Mark McGwire returned as a hitting coach with the St. Louis Cardinals a number of years in the past, he admitted that he had taken efficiency-enhancing medication. Bonds was not so forthcoming.
"I already went to court, and that is where I'll go away it," he mentioned when confronted on the subject. "And I believe something outside that doesn't have to be commented on."
AP Picture/Chris CarlsonRegardless of acknowledging that he's nervous, Barry Bonds says he is delighted to be working as a roving teacher for manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants.
Bonds additionally didn't elaborate a lot when asked whether he thought this educational role may assist rehabilitate his picture and help with his probabilities with Corridor of Fame voters.
"I think you guys are all adults," he mentioned. "I've no advice for you."
He did, nonetheless, say there isn't any doubt he belongs within the Hall of Fame.
In his closing season, Bonds hit 28 residence runs, broke Hank Aaron's career homer document and finished with a 1.045 OPS yet by no means obtained an offer to play again. Requested whether or not he had been blackballed or had any regrets about the way in which his enjoying profession ended, Bonds stated that was prior to now and he's looking to the future. He stated his only remorse was that he did not have a better relationship with the media.
Indeed, Bonds was all smiles and friendly in the course of the news conference, a lot completely different than his occasionally standoffish, generally surly persona as a participant.
"I was totally different character playing," he said. "Now I've had to slow down and do various things. I feel all of us do. I think once you've been gone awhile you've got time to reflect on things. However I needed 'that guy' to play. I wanted him. It was who I used to be on the time. It was not who I am in my day-to-day life.
"I am the same individual but a different character. I used to be like this man over here who's crazy and this man over right here who is not. I'm more in the center. I can still be crazy, but I'm lots calmer now."
Bonds mentioned that nevertheless gamers look at him, even when they are intimidated, they may be able to join once they work one-on-one.
Asked whether he may be taught as much about teaching from them as they are going to study playing from him, Bonds replied, "I have to learn [about] them. However that will never take me more than a minute. All you have to do is go into a batting cage and I'll let you know all the things that's occurring. Very quick."
How a lot can one of the biggest, albeit controversial, players in baseball history assist the Giants?
"I believe they did pretty good with out me," Bonds said. "They received two World Collection championships. I do not know if I can assist. I do know I can do one thing: I may help you do a little higher than you already are. However I do not know the way a lot I can do. However I'll have time to search out out."
Bonds said he had no bittersweet or jealous emotions when the Giants gained the World Collection championship that all the time eluded him.
"I am not jealous. I am blissful," he said. "This is my town. It is my metropolis. It is my family. I'm joyful. I was nearly in tears after they received, I used to be that comfortable. It was one thing we had wished for a long time… I've at all times been a Large."
And now he's wearing the uniform again, although he is not sure if he will don it again after this week.
"I simply wish to get by seven days and see if I can do this," Bonds mentioned. "I've acquired to get by these seven days first. I do not know if I am even ok."
Earlier this week tales emerged how the Marlins have been “outraged” that the Red Sox would dare ship a lineup full of minor league prospects to a Grapefruit League recreation. The only two players within the Boston lineup that day with any big league at bats had been Jackie Bradley Jr. and Ryan Lavarnway. The Marlins were mad, calling it a “gross violation” and contemplated filing a criticism with the MLB house office. Sox GM Ben Cherington apologized and it seemed like the “controversy” was over.
Seems Red Sox proprietor John Henry has his personal thoughts on the situation and tweeted as much Saturday afternoon, delivering a first round TKO to the Marlins group, albeit without naming them instantly.
Obviously Henry has no love misplaced for the Marlins — a staff he previously owned before selling it to Jeffrey Loria in 2002.
I’m unsure what the Marlins should feel the need to apologize for. Giancarlo Stanton is a budding star and the rest of the beginning lineup is effectively … ummm … eight other players, including former Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Astros first base prospect Jonathan Singelton has been suspended twice in the minor leagues for failing drug tests for marijuana. At the time of his second suspension, his official assertion noted a "lapse in judgement," but that truly wasn't true, based on Singleton himself.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Singleton revealed that he was hooked on pot and needed to enter a treatment program.
From the AP article:
"At this level it's fairly evident to me that I am a drug addict," he instructed The Related Press over breakfast on a recent day close to the Astros' camp. "I do not openly inform everybody that, but it surely's fairly apparent to myself."
"I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I get pleasure from being excessive and I can't block that out of my mind that I get pleasure from that," he mentioned. "So I have to work towards that."
"I knew I had a problem," he said. "Even after I failed the second drug test I could not quit smoking weed. It was actually unhealthy. Me going there was positively the perfect move."
He didn't feel that approach when he first entered. Fearing the unknown, he says he did not sleep for three days straight.
"They might turn off the lights at eleven:30 and I might simply sit there and stare at the ceiling as a result of I couldn't fall asleep," he said. "My coronary heart was beating too fast. I might get evening sweats. It was unhealthy. I legitimately went through withdrawal."
Singleton desperately needed to leave and wasn't open to the recovery course of.
"However after I was there for therefore lengthy it just grew on me," he said. "I was like, 'I will be right here for 30 days, so I'd as nicely get the best out of it that I can.' I used it as a learning experience."
Singleton said he has now prevented marijuana for over a 12 months, however he also ran into habit once more within the type of alcohol.
"I went by means of some slight nervousness, some despair because I wasn't being profitable," he mentioned. "That was definitely difficult and that drove me to drink."
He admits to abusing alcohol as a substitute for marijuana, getting drunk virtually day-after-day and "waking up hung over every morning."
The story up to now has a cheerful ending, as Singleton confirmed up for camp clean and in reportedly in fine condition. The AP story additionally pointed out that Singleton is confident he won't relapse and is in a superb place proper now with himself.
As far as on-field efficiency, it is easy to see how he could have been affected last season by the alcohol. He hit220/.340/.347 with six homers in seventy three games in Triple-A. In 2012, he hit284/.396/.497 with 27 doubles and 21 homers in 131 video games for Double-A Corpus Christi. His energy upside – he's 6-foot-2, 235 kilos – is why he is been ranked as a consensus high-30 prospect in all of baseball. He has a shot to open the 2014 season with the Astros, but another stint in Triple-A seems more possible at this juncture.
Staying clean will go a good distance toward him reaching his immense ceiling. Good luck to Singleton on that entrance.
College of Miami proper-hander Javi Salas twirled a perfect recreation towards Villanova at residence on Tuesday night time. It was the second excellent recreation at school historical past.
Because the AP notes, Salas, a senior for the 16th-ranked Hurricanes, struck out six, recorded 10 floor-outs and ran up just four three-ball counts all night time en path to a 17-0 win. With two outs in the eighth, Salas nearly misplaced his perfecto, however left fielder Sebastian Diaz preserved it with a diving snare.
Here is how "The U" broke the news on Twitter..
PERFECTO! JAVI SALAS HAS SIMPLY THROWN AN IDEAL SPORT!
— Hurricanes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) March 4, 2014
Salas, a native of Coral Gables, where the College is located, was the Twins' 38th-spherical choice in the June 2013 draft.
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PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners made some large enhancements this winter however appear to have left themselves with some apparent holes as effectively. The largest enhancement, after all, was signing superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, who brings the middle-of-the-order influence bat the staff craved, and in addition maybe just a few more opinions and a bit more assertiveness than is recalled from his a few years in New York.
Cano, by all accounts, is completely enjoying his first days inside a energetic new clubhouse with new teammates, and his characteristically broad smile seems to substantiate that from his position on the head of the beautified clubhouse right here. However Cano appears around and sees those very actual issues and wonders if there may very well be a transfer or two extra coming from the Mariners.
General manager Jack Zduriencik seems both willing to wait earlier than diving into the subsequent impact transfer or is lastly and easily short of money (two sources suggest the Mariners have little or no loot left to spend, something Zduriencik will not affirm). Earlier than listening to Cano's very particular ideas about learn how to enhance the workforce, Zduriencik observed that he is realized over the winter simply how "perceptive" his new megastar is.
Cano happily blended into the background on a crew of veteran stars at the same time as one of the best player in New York, but he would not hesitate with regards to his thoughts on the Mariners, as the plain burgeoning positional chief of a really younger staff.
"I am not going to lie. We want an additional bat, especially a proper-handed bat," Cano advised CBSSports.com. "We now have many left-handed hitters. We want at the least another righty. You don't need to face a lefty pitcher with a lineup of seven left-handed hitters."
Zduriencik doesn't necessarily disagree. How can he? Not after the Mariners posted an MLB-low657 OPS vs. left-handers final year, then added two extra lefty hitters in Cano and Logan Morrison as two of its three predominant offensive pieces while dropping the righty-swinging Michael Morse and switch-hitting Kendrys Morales.
"We are a little lefthanded, and we know it," Zduriencik mentioned.
Cano – whose $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle is tied for the third richest in MLB history – gives an answer, and it's the apparent one; bring back Morales, who remains a free agent working out for weeks on the Scott Boras Coaching Institute in Miami Gardens, Fla.
"He is a change hitter who's received energy," Cano famous. Not solely that, however Morales possesses energy proven to work at Safeco Area, as he posted 23 homers and 80 RBI in his inaugural season in Seattle.
Zduriencik could have no selection within the matter if he is certainly low on funds. In any case, his quick idea seems to be to hope for one of the best from what's earlier than him. Citing the lone two proper-handed hitters within the projected lineup, Zduriencik stated, "It'd be nice if Corey Hart has a very nice year, and it'd be nice if Mike Zunino has a very good yr." (Justin Smoak is a change hitter but he's considered much better from the left side.)
The Mariners have some critically talented gamers, however there as many variables as fish in Puget Sound. They are counting on a whole lot of young gamers in their lineup, and almost as many in their rotation. This isn't a division where there's much room for error, either.
Regardless, Zdurienik's first hope is for the workforce to remain wholesome (or get in wholesome, because the case could also be; early accidents to pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker bring more early worries). The opposite crucial is for the younger abilities like Dustin Ackley, Smoak, Brad Miller, James Paxton and others to "become the gamers they should turn into," in Zduriencik's phrases.
In this division, that is a fair quantity of hoping. Cano's first selection would deliver way more certainty, provided it is truly financially possible.
The other factor Morales would supply is a proven cleanup hitter. This can be a practical matter to Cano hmself; with no cleanup man, there is critical question as as to if Cano will get many pitches to hit. The Mariners have a few good major-league hitters, such as Kyle Seager and Hart (assuming he stays healthy, and he looks boffo so far, especially in his outdated outfield stomping grounds). However neither profiles as a cleanup hitter, and phrase is, someone recommended to Zduriencik that having Cano with out someone to bat behind him is like "having a Rembrandt on the floor with no lighting" to light up it.
Cano mentioned he was thrilled when the Mariners added closer Fernando Rodney late, however he nonetheless has extra suggestions. He'd prefer to see free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana in Seattle, as properly.
"He's great," Cano stated. "The man's all the time pitching; he never gets hurt."
Likewise, Zduriencik is said to additionally possess admiration for each Morales and Santana, which explains why he has been in contact, off and on, with each gamers many of the winter. However Zduriencik also has no offers out for either player in the intervening time, and there's no sense one is coming soon. There is not any suggestion, in actual fact, he is ever made an official provide for either participant, past the $14.1-million qualifying offer that was extended to Morales following his advantageous season in Seattle.
" There are nonetheless some pieces on the market, so who is aware of?" Zduriencik said. "We're open to speaking about something. We'll see. You never know. I would never close the door to something."
However after all that doesn't imply the door is about to be opened, both. There is a sense the Mariners spent many months talking to Nelson Cruz, and there is no proof yet a proposal was ever made. Some Seattle people wondered about Cruz's PED suspension and his potential to translate energy from Arlington, Texas, to Safeco – though there's additionally proof Cruz by no means really wished to go to Seattle, his well-identified friendship with Cano however.
As for the remaining free brokers, there's a sense that a distinction of opinion has existed over the values of the two free agents, no matter how much Zduriencik favored them. There's additionally a query whether or not the Rodney signing financially limited their chances at making yet another huge splash.
Zduriencik is practiced at being noncommittal, however the focus does not appear to be on those two high free brokers, at the very least in the mean time.
"They are not here," Zduriencik mentioned. "That is our ballclub proper now. Our concern is what's in front of us."
Zduriencik made some obvious improvements, even past the Cano blockbuster, additionally importing his old good friend Hart plus younger energy hitter Morrison. Apart from the Yankees, no one spent more than Seattle.
But the actuality is, that they had a really lengthy way to go following their fourth straight losing season and plenty of issues getting in to this one. And they have more considerations since camp started, now that Iwakuma, their second rotation star beyond King Felix, and the young exhausting-throwing phenom Walker, who was quietly being penciled into the rotation, are each out and unlikely to be able to begin the season with the crew.
"A couple weeks in, they need to be able to go," Zduriencik mentioned.
They're hoping for mid- April for Iwakuma (finger), and they understand, too, that Walker (shoulder) will not have sufficient innings constructed as much as go north with the workforce.
Add those two disappointments to outfielder Franklin Gutierrez declaring initially of spring that he isn't recovered sufficient to accept a paycheck and hitter Jesus Montero admitting that he spent winter ball doing nothing but eating (he's been relegated to the 5 a.m. "group" of two chubby players, and seems already to be slimming down from a robust 270 pounds), and they've had as tough a beginning to spring as anyone.
There's at the very least an extremely nice vibe with numerous terrific personalities, not just the eternally upbeat Cano but also assured new manager Lloyd McLendon, an completed and various coaching workers with interesting of us like Andy Van Slyke, plus the perpetually pleasant Hart and John Buck and the humorous Morrison, who adds comedian aid.
However there's nothing funny about what's going on now. Zduriencik said he went into the winter looking to add 5 issues: 1) an impression player, 2) a backup infielder, 3) a beginning pitcher, 40 a proper-handed bat and 5) bullpen assist. Cano, Willie Bloomquist, Hart and Rodney offered help in four of these five areas, with the extra rotation help nonetheless the obtrusive need. The problem is that the one area that received the least consideration, the rotation, has become weakened already.
While there's hope for veteran non-roster pickup Scott Baker, it's arduous to see how Zduriencik could make up for the early loss of Iwakuma and Walker with inside answers. As it's, they'll count on proficient teen Paxton, and may must hope that one more kid, perhaps Brandon Maurer or Erasmo Ramirez, fill in the hole.
The Mariners have by May 7 no less than 10 video games with the A's, a nemesis they've but to prove they'll beat, main one Mariners particular person to say, "If Walker and Iwakuma miss the month of April, with our schedule that month it could get ugly."
Zduriencik praises McClendon's power, the early teachings of the veteran coaching staff and the overall perspective round camp, and all of that is truthful and good. But there are concerns here, and they're very real.
Cano is not alone in his beliefs.
"Santana would be perfect," added another veteran Mariners participant.
However finally, Cano additionally doesn't need to make waves, or add to any angst round camp over the injured pitchers.
"If it was up to me, we'd have Santana, (Nelson) Cruz and Ubaldo (Jimenez), too," Cano said. "That is actually more for the front office."
The Mariners made a lot of powerful choices, and so they may be at their greenback restrict – at least in the meanwhile. After all they added Rodney after of us thought they have been tapped out, too.
Zduriencik guidelines nothing out, though that may even be extra about his noncommittal public style/stance than anything.
"It's attainable," he stated. "You never know what's going to occur."
That shouldn't essentially be taken to imply either Morales or Santana is especially possible. But if they wish to contend in a stacked division, they'd be wise to take heed to Cano's two strategies.
The Reds and right-hander Homer Bailey have agreed to a six-year contract extension worth a assured $105 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. MLB.com's Mark Sheldon originally reported that the deal was accomplished, and Sheldon adds that the deal additionally features a mutual $25-million choice/$5-million buyout for a seventh yr. Earlier on Wednesday, Heyman reported that either side have been working toward just such a deal.
In essence, the extension would purchase out the final yr of Bailey's arbitration eligibility and the first five years of his free company, at a minimum. If the option is excercised then Bailey, at present 27, would not be a free agent till age 34.
Bailey owns two career no-hitters and final season pitched to a 3.forty nine PERIOD (110 ERA+) with a three.69 Okay/BB ratio in 209 innings of labor. These numbers are fairly much like the ones he put up in 2012, when he led the NL in begins. For his profession, Bailey owns an PERIOD+ of 96 throughout parts of seven major-league seasons.
The Reds initially drafted Bailey with the seventh-total choose in 2004.
South Carolina made it by the season's first week unscathed, but many top groups can't say that.
Upsets reigned supreme in faculty baseball's opening weekend as big-title packages misplaced to mid-majors all weekend, turning this week's energy rankings into chaos. But take into accout, this was still just the first weekend of action. There will likely be many more games by which to judge the best college teams in the weeks to return. For now, take every ranking with a sizable grain of salt and simply know that penalties get heavier week by week.
On to the rankings.
1. Oregon State (4-0)
Final week: 1
Of be aware: Mound starters Andrew Moore, Jace Fry and Scott Schultz mixed for a 2.25 ERA and simply three walks in 20 innings.
2. South Carolina (3-0)
Last week: 3
Of be aware: Don't get comfy, Gamecocks, not each crew will likely be as generous as Bucknell, which surrendered forty one runs, 39 hits and issued 21 walks.
3. Cal State Fullerton (2-1)
Final week: 7
Of observe: After routing Washington State 12-0 on opening evening, the Titans and Cougars went toe-to-toe the following two nights. Fullerton took the series on a backside-of-the-ninth RBI single from Jared Deacon on Sunday.
four. Vanderbilt (3-0)
Final week: 12
Of observe: Impressive weekend at Blair Field for the Commodores, as 10 pitchers combined to carry Long Beach State to thirteen hits and five walks.
5. Oregon (4-zero)
Final week: 6
Of be aware: The Geese took all four at Hawaii. Super frosh Matt Krook started Recreation 3 (a 6-5 win), going seven innings and giving up just 5 hits and eight Ok's, however he additionally had seven wild pitches.
6. Florida State (3-0)
Last week: eight
Of notice: The Seminoles received some solid beginning pitching from Luke Weaver, Brandon Leibrandt and Mike Compton, who combined for 17 shutout innings in the sweep of Niagara. Jameis Winston additionally obtained his first save in Game 2.
7. LSU (three-0)
Final week: 10
Of be aware: Junior All-American Aaron Nola and freshman Jared Poche each went six innings and gave up four hits in their respective begins versus New Orleans and Grambling.
8. NC State (1-1)
Last week: 2
Of word: A dubious start for the Wolfpack as Canisius surprised them in a three-0 shutout loss after the first two games on the schedule (at UC Santa Barbara and versus Canisius) had been canceled. Carlos Rodon begins 0-1 after giving up three runs and hitting three batters.
9. Ole Miss (3-0)
Final week: NR
Of notice: The Rebels' bats are molting sizzling after successful three at Stetson by a combined score of 26-3. Catcher Will Allen had six hits and 10 RBIs within the three games.
10. Cal Poly (three-0)
Final week: NR
Of be aware: This was the third straight 12 months that Poly opens with a sweep at home, although this time it was versus Kansas State. Matt Imhoff tallied 14 Ks in Friday's 3-0 win.
eleven. Rice (2-1)
Last week: NR
Of word: With a watered-down Convention USA this 12 months, taking two of three wins at Stanford will be a huge shot within the arm for the RPI when June rolls round.
12. Virginia (2-1)
Last week: eleven
Of be aware: There aren't plenty of marquee names on Virginia's nonconference slate, so Friday's eight-3 loss to Kentucky was one thing to flag. However the Cavs had a nice two-win rebound against VMI and UNC-Wilmington to close the weekend.
13. Clemson (2-1)
Last week: 9
Of word: It is a precarious spot for the Tigers, having misplaced 6-5 on Friday to Japanese Michigan and then taking part in two extra shut video games. They need to shape up, or they could fall farther down the rankings subsequent time.
14. Mississippi State (2-1)
Final week: thirteen
Of observe: Western Carolina gave MSU its first loss in Sport 1. But two wins followed, together with profession win No. 500 for coach John Cohen.
15. UCLA (2-1)
Last week: 16
Of word: Despite a 1-zero loss to Portland on Friday, the Bruins' bullpen threw eleven.5 innings with 13 Okay's and gave up simply 4 hits. Sound familiar?
sixteen. TCU (2-1)
Last week: 14
Of word: Starting pitchers Brandon Finnegan and Preston Morrison mixed for 15.zero innings of work, giving up 7 hits, no runs and 18 Okay's versus Jacksonville.
17. Texas Tech (three-1)
Last week: NR
Of observe: It was a bully of a weekend for the Red Raiders, who beat Indiana in three straight video games after a 1-zero setback on Friday. The pitchers posted a 1.25 PERIOD towards a potent offense.
18. Kentucky (2-1)
Final week: NR
Of note: The Wildcats made some national waves with the 8-three win Friday over Virginia.
19. Oklahoma State (3-0)
Final week: 19
Of word: Two of the three wins at the UTA/Hilton Invitational have been of the come-from-behind selection. Cowboys pitchers additionally posted a 2.00 ERA with 28 K's.
20. Florida (2-1)
Final week: 15
Of notice: The Gators were outhit 28-21 in three games versus Maryland, and issues get much more critical now. A 3-sport street trip to Miami is on tap this weekend.
5 on deck: Indiana (1-three), Arizona State (2-1), Mercer (3-zero), Washington State (1-2), Miami ( 2-1)
Robinson Cano is a good sufficient baseball participant that the Seattle Mariners decided to pay the star second baseman $240 million over 10 years in December. Despite a lifetime309/.355/.504 line over nine seasons, some of us are still hung up on Cano’s indifference operating out grounders.
Right here’s Yankees’ hitting coach Kevin Long moaning to the New York Each day Information about Cano’s lack of hustle:
“If anyone advised me I was a canine,’’ Lengthy stated right here Sunday, “I’d have to repair that. While you select not to, you permit yourself open to taking heat, and that’s your fault. For whatever purpose, Robbie selected to not.’’
Lengthy says he considered Cano like a “son” and praised his work ethic within the batting cage, but that lack of operating out grounders stays one other one among baseball’s cardinal sins some people within the recreation can’t overlook:
“All of us talked to him,’’ Long stated. “I’m pretty certain Jeter talked to him quite a few occasions. Even should you run at eighty%, nobody’s going to say something. However while you jog down the road, even if it doesn’t come into play ninety eight% of the time, it creates a perception. “It’s too unhealthy because Robbie cared quite a bit. By his final year here he was turning into a frontrunner within the clubhouse. He went out of his way to speak to a few of the younger guys, and he helped them. “However he simply wouldn’t make that option to run arduous all the time. The reasons aren’t going to make sense. He would possibly say his legs didn’t really feel good, or he was enjoying day-after-day and wanted to save lots of his energy. To me there was no acceptable answer.’’
Why Lengthy decided to backhandedly rip Cano once he left the workforce is open to interpretation. For those who read my countless Mike Francesa posts, you’ll realize I listen to a variety of WFAN radio. Callers typically dialed up the station to kvetch about Cano’s working on grounders, so Long isn’t breaking any new ground right here.
Once more, why fans get hung up on little stuff like this boggles the mind. This isn’t Little League, is it?
Only a hunch: 99.9 p.c of baseball fans would favor to have Cano jogging up the first base line on a routine grounder to second compared to anyone like Nick Punto sliding head-first into first base. I’ll take the500 slugging share from a second baseman over some “grit,” “intangibles” and running out each grounder over 162 games, but perhaps that’s just me.
Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ 2013 Rookie of the 12 months starter, has a brand new low season training routine. He joined a biker gang, for rich people. He bought a tricked-out $10,000 street bike and has been biking near 600 miles per week in a peloton.
Pitching coach Chuck Hernandez likes the look of his sculpted lower physique.
“His legs are going to be strong, obviously.It stored him in good shape and he came to camp in fine condition. Past that, I’m really not all in favour of his bike,” Hernandez mentioned. “He’s slimmed out, he’s grown into a person now. He seems great.”
It’s not clear how the biking will have an effect on his pitching. But endorphins are probably a more salubrious dependancy for a pitcher than Captain Crunch.
Jim Fregosi was a six-time All-Star shortstop that broke into the big leagues with the Angels. (USATSI)
Jim Fregosi, 71, the former All-Star shortstop, longtime manager, and search died early Friday early morning in Miami, Jon Heyman confirms. Fregosi's death was first reported by MLB. com's Tracy Ringolsby.