March 26th, 2014

Spring Training Plus-3/26/14

Tommorow, Exhibition game begin in Dodger Stadium and AT&T Park.

-RA Dickey got ruffed up giving 6 runs in 3 innings. However, The Jays powered back and won 10-6.
-The D-Backs won 14-4 in their first game back from Australia.
-The Padres won 9-5 versus the Royals.Both Ian Kennedy and James Shields pitched unfavorably.
-Justin Verlander and the Tigers won 1-0 against the Phillies and Cliff Lee. 
– Venues like the Alamodome, Olympic Stadium (Montreal) and Peoria Stadium will all host Exhibition games this weekend!

Baseball Fun Fact of the day

The Dodgers could go 3-0 before any other team wins a game. This is because of the Two Aussie wins, and the Dodgers play on Opening Night.

Opening Day Starters announced

Here are some of the pitching probables for Opening Day.
Courtesy of MLB.com

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Monday, March 31, 1:05 PM EDT , PNC Park
Jeff Samardzija, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. PIThitters

Career stats

This is Samardzija’s second straight Opening Day start. Last year he held the Pirates to two hits over eight scoreless innings for the win. He’s the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at PNC Park.
Francisco Liriano, LHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.CHC hitters

Career stats

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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers

Monday, March 31, 1:08 PM EDT , Comerica Park
James Shields, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. DEThitters

Career stats

This is Shields’ sixth Opening Day start and his second for the Royals. He lost last year, 1-0, to the White Sox. He wants to start better than he did in 2013 when he was just 2-6 after the first 16 of his 34 starts. After that he went 11-3.
Justin Verlander, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. KChitters

Career stats

Verlander’s seventh consecutive Opening Day start is also a fresh start. He talked in Spring Training about wanting to put his 2013 struggles behind him and make mechanical adjustments, helped in part by his health.

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Washington Nationals vs. New York Mets

Monday, March 31, 1:10 PM EDT , Citi Field
Stephen Strasburg, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.NYM hitters

Career stats

This will be his third consecutive Opening Day start. In 2012, against the Cubs, Strasburg pitched seven innings, allowed one run and struck out five in a 2-1 victory. The following season, Strasburg pitched seven shutout innings vs. the Marlins.
Dillon Gee, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.WSH hitters

Career stats

With left elbow soreness forcing Jon Niese to the disabled list, Gee will make his first career Opening Day start in Niese’s place. No Mets pitcher was better late last year than Gee, who went 10-5 with a 2.71 ERA from May 30 through season’s end.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Texas Rangers

Monday, March 31, 2:05 PM EDT , Globe Life Park in Arlington
Cliff Lee, LHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. TEXhitters

Career stats

To Be Announced

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Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers

Monday, March 31, 2:10 PM EDT , Miller Park
Julio Teheran, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. MILhitters

Career stats

Coming off a stellar rookie season during which he posted a 2.81 ERA in his final 27 starts, Teheran has been given his first career Opening Day assignment. Opponents hit .199 against him in seven afternoon starts last year.
Yovani Gallardo, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. ATLhitters

Career stats

Gallardo will set a club record with his fifth straight Opening Day start, one shy of Ben Sheets’ mark for career Brewers openers. Gallardo is aiming to bounce back from a 2013 filled with personal and professional trials.

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Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Monday, March 31, 3:05 PM EDT , Oriole Park at Camden Yards
To Be Announced

Chris Tillman, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.BOS hitters

Career stats

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Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox

Monday, March 31, 4:10 PM EDT , U.S. Cellular Field
Ricky Nolasco, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.CWS hitters

Career stats

Nolasco will make his third career Opening Day start when he takes the hill for the Twins vs. the White Sox in Chicago. Nolasco, who joined the Twins on a four-year, $49 million deal in the winter, has a 5.25 ERA in two career Opening Day starts.
Chris Sale, LHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. MINhitters

Career stats

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Reds

Monday, March 31, 4:10 PM EDT , Great American Ball Park
Adam Wainwright, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. CINhitters

Career stats

This will be Wainwright’s third Opening Day start; he is still seeking his first win in a season opener. He is the clear ace of this staff and is coming off a year in which he led the NL in innings.
To Be Announced

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Monday, March 31, 4:10 PM EDT , Tropicana Field
R.A. Dickey, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. TBhitters

Career stats

Dickey will take the mound on Opening Day for the second consecutive year. He will look to build on a strong finish to the 2013 season, as he went 6-3 with a 3.56 ERA after the All-Star break. He is 4-3 with a 3.95 ERA vs Tampa Bay in his career.
David Price, LHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.TOR hitters

Career stats

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Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins

Monday, March 31, 7:05 PM EDT , Marlins Park
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. MIAhitters

Career stats

Jose Fernandez, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.COL hitters

Career stats

Fernandez, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, opened 2013 as a 20-year-old fifth starter. Now 21, he has blossomed into an ace and one of the top right-handers in the game. Because of an innings limit last year, his last outing was Sept. 11.

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San Francisco Giants vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Monday, March 31, 9:40 PM EDT , Chase Field
Madison Bumgarner, LHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. ARIhitters

Career stats

To Be Announced

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Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics

Monday, March 31, 10:05 PM EDT , O.co Coliseum
Justin Masterson, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs.OAK hitters

Career stats

One season after making the AL All-Star team for the first time, Masterson is slated to start on Opening Day for the third consecutive season for the Indians. The sinkerballer went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 193 innings last season.
Sonny Gray, RHP

  • Last 3 starts
  • Regular season
  • Last 5 years vs. CLEhitters

Career stats

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Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels

Monday, March 31, 10:05 PM EDT , Angel Stadium of Anaheim
To Be Announced

To Be Announced

Pineda named Yankees 5th Starter

Pineda Wins 5th Starter Job for NYY

25 year old pitcher Michael Pineda, who hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2011, has been announced the Yankee’s #5 pitcher in the rotation. According to mlb.com, Pineda beat out David Phelps, Adam Warren, and Vidal Nuno for the spot. In 2011, his rookie season, Pineda was one of the best young pitchers in baseball, going 9-10 with a solid 3.74 ERA, while striking 173 in 171 innings. He made the American League All Star team that year as well. Before the 2012 season, Seattle, desperate for offense, traded Pineda to the Yankees in exchange for New York’s best prospect, catcher Jesus Montero. And while the deal may seem like a bust for New York, Pineda will still get a chance in New York, while Montero has struggled mightily in Seattle, having a rough seasons in 2012 and 2013, and is now in the minors. But after missing the past 2 seasons with shoulder problems, Pineda has been dominating in spring training, posting a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings, and that is what got him the spot.

Spring Training Plus

As Opening Day is 6 Days away, Team aces make final spring starts:
– Stephen Strasburg pitched against the Mets today; The Nats win was powered by Byrce Harper, who hit a 3 home run in the game.
– Multiple teams will leave their Complexes to play exibiton games in Major League parks.
-This year we will have 4 Opening Days!
(MARCH 22,MARCH 30, MARCH 31, APRIL 1)
-The Pirates scored 22 runs today, in a Spring Training full of high scores.
-MLB Daily premiers March 31st!