March 27th, 2014

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Spring Training Plus 3/27/14
In these final days of Spring Training, Pitchers are making final preparations to gear up for the 2014 MLB Season. Here are some highlights from around MLB today:
-Evan Longoria hit his Third Spring Homer against the O’s today. The Rays won 4-3.
-The Marlins won 6-4 over the Cardinals today. The Marlins have a 18-11 record so far this spring.
-The Jays shut out the Phillies 3-0 today. The Blue Jays face the Mets in Montreal tomorrow.
The Indians won 3-2 today. The Indians have only lost 8 games so far.
-MLB Advanced Media is reveling a New game of RBI, the classic series from the ’90s this April.

Miguel Cabrera gets extension

Miguel Cabrera, recipient of the Prime 25, and Prime First Baseman Number 1 slot, is close to a 8 Year – 235 Million Dollar deal. This would of course not only make, Cabrera filthy rich, but allow the Tigers too now focus on a potential Max Scherzer extension. The Tigers open up at home on March 31st, with Justin Verlander facing James Shields.

Prime Series Recap + Pepper Inbox

Here’s a quick recap of the winners of the Prime Series!:
LF- Matt Holliday
SS-Troy Tulowitski
C- Yardier Molina
1B- Miguel Cabrera
2B- Robinson Cano
CF- Mike Trout
RF- Jose Bautista
3B-David Wright
SP-Clayton Kershaw
M-Joe Maddon
WC- David Ortiz
Thanks for reading the Prime Series this Spring!
The Inbox is back for Saturday’s Opening Day Pepper Show! Anything on your mind about Opening Day, just comment!

Spring Training Plus 3/27/14

In these final days of Spring Training, Pitchers are making final preparations to gear up for the 2014 MLB Season. Here are some highlights from around MLB today:

-Evan Longoria hit his Third Spring Homer against the O’s today. The Rays won 4-3.
-The Marlins won 6-4 over the Cardinals today. The Marlins have a 18-11 record so far this spring.
-The Jays shut out the Phillies 3-0 today. The Blue Jays face the Mets in Montreal tomorrow. 
The Indians won 3-2 today. The Indians have only lost 8 games so far. 
-MLB Advanced Media is reveling a New game of RBI, the classic series from the ’90s this April.
-Tweet us @NikoMLB to share your Opening Day excitement.

Prime Series Recap

Here’s a quick recap of the winners of the Prime Series!:

LF- Matt Holliday
SS-Troy Tulowitski
C- Yardier Molina
1B- Miguel Cabrera 
2B- Robinson Cano
CF- Mike Trout
RF- Jose Bautista
3B-David Wright
SP-Clayton Kershaw
M-Joe Maddon
WC- David Ortiz
Thanks for reading the Prime Series this Spring! 
The Inbox is back for Saturday’s Opening Day Pepper Show! Anything on your mind about Opening Day, just comment!

Miguel Cabrera close to Monster extension

Miguel Cabrera, recipient of the Prime 25, and Prime First Baseman Number 1 slot, is close to a 8 Year – 235 Million Dollar deal. This would of course not only make, Cabrera filthy rich, but allow the Tigers too now focus on a potential Max Scherzer extension. The Tigers open up at home on March 31st, with Justin Verlander facing James Shields.

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

Spring Training Plus

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!