Starting pitcher J.A. Happ left the Houston Astros’ 9-6 victory at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night after straining a muscle on his right side. Happ, who allowed two runs and four hits in three innings, said he still hopes to start Sunday against Roy Oswalt and Philadelphia. “I’m sort of delirious with frustration,” said [...]
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According to Comcast SportsNet reporter Jaymee Sire, San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson will start the season on the disabled list. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Sire that -- even though Wilson has not yet been placed on DL -- he will be to start the season. Wilson came to camp and immediately had problems with a stiff back. It wasn't long after that, he strained his left oblique muscle.
League rules allow DL moves to be made retro in the spring, but Wilson will still have to serve a minimum of five games. He's expected to come off the DL April 6 when the Giants are in San Diego.
An official announcement is expected tomorrow.
The San Francisco Giants released veteran pitcher Jeff Suppan today, according to a tweet from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Giants GM Brian Sabean says the decision was mutual, since Suppan wasn't going to make the team. The right-hander will look for another job elsewhere.
Suppan posted a 7.84 ERA in 15 appearances with the Brewers before they released him last year. He then appeared in 15 games for St. Louis and posted a much-improved 3.84 ERA for the Cardinals finishing the 2010 campaign with an overall ERA of 5.06 (101.1 IP, 4.5 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 40.3% ground ball rate).
He had a 5.50 ERA for the Giants this spring, but five of his 11 earned runs came in one inning of work while he was ill.
Sabean signed Suppan in January to provide depth and insurance, but did not need him in the end. He could have earned $1 million had he made the team.
Suppan was competing with Guillermo Mota, Dan Runzler, Ryan Vogelsong, Marc Kroon and Steve Edlefsen for two open relief spots.
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When going to the National, it's nice to see some of the familiar faces and dealers that you've met at previous shows. But most of the time you have no idea who these guys are.
I've met some great people at the National Sports Collectors Convention just by talking to them at their booth and getting to know them. I had to take the initiave to get to the know them and meet them. I think the National should help with this. It would assist the buyer and the seller.
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Most of us the people who attend the National are not buying a product made by the people at the National, they are buying products made by the vendors at the National. I'd like to see the National help their vendors provide the following mandatory information on a sign at their booth or via QR Code:
CCC? Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The team in Myrtle Beach that's owned by now former Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg. One of the last two games of the spring where the big club was to play the minor league teams owned by (then) co-owners Chuck Greenberg & Nolan Ryan. Only Greenberg was pushed out resigned after that was set up, so this was an interesting appearance for sure.
I'm not going to write much about this one, except to say that we BETTER have won this game, playing against that level of ball.
Alexi Ogando, who was just named the fifth starter, due to Tommy Hunter's injury started this game and went six innings. He gave up just one run, but a few too many walks (four).
That's about all I wanted to say on this one.
I leave in the morning for Round Rock to go see the final spring training game. Can't wait - will be fun!
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Boston, having lost Victor Martinez in free agency, are hoping that McKenry can provide a suitable backup if Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Jason Varitek prove to be unable to fulfill their duties as the Boston Backstop.
McKenry, 26, managed to walk once and strike out 5 times while going hitless in his 9 major-league PA. He did, however, manage to post a respectable .265/.357/.455 minor-league line. McKenry is really more the catch-and-throw type, so best of luck to him in Boston.
Turpen, who was acquired by Boston as part of the Ramon Ramirez trade, has all of 2.1 IP above AA, shows some decent strikeout material and passable control as well as decent amount of HR limitation. He's somewhat hittable, but he's posted decent FIPs in his minor league career (only 1 season over 4).
An unexciting return for a decent catching prospect, but we all wish Quadzilla the best going forward and welcome Turpen to the organization.
The exhibition season for the Orioles ended today as they lost to the Blue Jays, 7-4 in Sarasota this afternoon. Derrek Lee, who started Spring Training on the injured list, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
Lee says he?s healthy and ready to go.
Matt Wieters had two hits and drove in run as well.
Chris George, who started the game, gave up three runs on five hits in two innings of work. The bullpen ? Koji Uehara, Mike Gonzalez, Kevin Gregg and Jason Berken ? held their own until the latter portion of the game when Josh Rupe and Pat Egan each gave up two runs in an inning of work.
Both teams seemed to have trotted out their everyday lineups as a final-tune up to the regular season.
From here on out, the games count for the Orioles as they kick-off the season against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Then again, it must be a shock for the players heading north realizing that they may have to play in some chilly weather for the next month or so after being in Florida since late February.
Good to see baseball finally back up north here soon!
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