Pavano Rocked, Indians Swept by Rangers

Carl Pavano had a rocky start to his post-Yankee career with Cleveland.  Pavano finished the 1st inning but couldn’t record an out in the 2nd.  He allowed nine earned runs on six hits, three walks, and gave up two home runs.  The Indians were swept by the offensive juggernaut Texas Rangers after getting stomped 12-8 on Thursday.

Angels’ Nick Adenhart Killed In Car Accident

Devastating news out of California as Angels’ pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a three-car hit-and-run crash.  Adenhart was only 22-years old and considered the Angels best pitching prospect this season.  Thoughts and condolences with the Adenhart family and friends at this time.

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Reds Fall to Mets and Notes From Opening Day

The re-stocked bullpen of the New York Mets looked strong in the opener in Cincinnati.  Mets’ rookie Daniel Murphy provided all the offense that Johan Santana and the Mets would need with two RBI including a solo home run off of Aaron Harang in the 5th inning.  Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips collected his first career Gold Glove prior to the game, he also chipped in with the lone Cincy RBI in the 2-1 loss.  Nick Lachey threw the first pitch to kick off what should be an exciting season for the Reds.

  • C.C. Sabathia tossed a stinker in his Yankees debut.  The Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles after Sabathia walked five batters and gave up six earned runs over 4.1 innings of work.  Sabathia failed to record a strikeout in what could be considered a pretty disastrous first start for New York.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks rode the power of Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark, who each homered twice, to a 9-8 defeat of the Colorado Rockies.  The division rivals combined to use 11 pitchers in this one.
  • A combination of decent pitching and an offensive outburst carried the Toronto Blue Jays to a crushing 12-5 blowout of the Detroit Tigers.
  • Ricky Nolasco was mostly sharp over six innings in a 12-6 Marlins’ drubbing over Washington.  Former National Emilio Bonifacio led the Florida attack with a homer, two RBI, and three stolen bases.  He won’t be lying around on too many fantasy waiver wires this morning.

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Two Games PPD For Opening Day

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox season opener has been postponed due to bad weather in the Boston area.  That games joins the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox opening day tilt in the postponement column.

There could be a couple more facing rescheduling before the day is over.

Lowe Excellent in Braves Debut

Derek Lowe pitched eight shutout innings, throwing 97 pitches and only surrending two hits while striking out four.  Mike Gonzalez pitched a shaky 9th inning to hang on for a 4-1 Braves win over World Series champions the Philadelphia Phillies.  Atlanta rookie Jordan Schafer went 2-for-3 with a walk after homering in his first Major League at-bat.

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Geoff Jenkins Is Odd Man Out in Phillies’ Outfield

It looks like beer-ball swinging Stone Cold Steve Austin lookalike Matt Stairs won out the spare outfielder spot with Philadelphia.  Geoff Jenkins finds himself out of work, although he’ll still collect the $8 million owed to him this season.

The Florida Marlins apparently have expressed interest in the 34 year-old Jenkins.


Say It Ain’t So Willy Mo

The Washington Nationals have released Willy Mo Pena.  Pena was once considered part of the Reds’ outfield of the future along with Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns.  Unfortunately for Pena, he only looks like and shares part of his name with Mo Vaughan.

The old Jim Bowden Reds’ outfield could have been reunited this season in Washington after Dunn was acquired.  Bowden recently resigned from his position as general manager and it looks like Willy Mo will be looking for employment elsewhere with him.  Or not, Bowden has himself in some shady waters, but that’s a story for another day.


Reds Trade Keppinger to Astros

Jeff Keppinger was all but out of options with the Cincinnati Reds, so the team moved him to Houston today for a player to be named later.  Keppinger saw time at nearly every infield position last season, and was loved by fans for his viking-esque red beard.

The 29-year old hit .266 last season and gives the Astros a versatile utility man.


Sheffield Released By Tigers

Gary Sheffield has been released by the Detroit Tigers.  He had $14 million owed to him this season, and the Tigers are still on the hook for that.  Sheffield was often injured and unhappy during his time in Detroit, and he leaves the team just one home run shy of joining the 500 club.

The Toronto Blue Jays have come up as a possible destination for the mercurial Sheffield, but general manager J.P. Ricciardi has denied that the team has any interest in acquiring him.


MLB Spring Training Notes: Gorzo To AAA, Bard Cut, Mad Max Struggles

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned left handed starter Tom Gorzelanny to AAA Indianapolis today after they had become displeased with his progress this spring.  “Gorzo” struggled with his command and velocity throughout most of 2008, a season in which he posted a 6-9 record to go along with a lousy 6.66 ERA.  Gorzelanny emerged in 2007 as a bright spot in a young Pirates’ rotation by going 14-10 with a 3.88 ERA.
  • On his second attempt at becoming Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher and a backup to Jason Varitek, Josh Bard was cut by the Boston Red Sox.  You may remember Bard’s brief stint with the BoSox in 2006 before he was traded to San Diego for his predecessor in Boston, Doug Mirabelli.

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Phillies’ Hamels Not Likely For Opening Day

Cole Hamels was in a league of his own at times last season, and he led the Phillies rotation to their World Series victory.  The troubling news with Hamels is that he pitched 227.1 innings last season, at the age of 24.  Hamels ascent to the top-tier of National League starters was meteoric, but a fact that is often overlooked is that Hamels may have burst on the scene sooner had he not suffered an elbow injury in 2004.

The Phillies have committed to putting the left handed starter on a throwing plan to ease the soreness on his inflamed left elbow.  He’s tossing a maximum of 54 pitches per session right now, so this setback will derail any plans for him to near the total of 100 chucks that pitching coach Rich Dubee says Hamels needs to reach by the end of camp.

The elbow, combined with a serious case of douche-hair, or private school lid if you will, puts Hamels way behind schedule to start this season healthy.

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