Spring Training News & Notes, 4/2: Catching Up With Everyone

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Around NL East Spring Training, 4/2: Final Cuts

Braves: Brooks Conrad and Jo-Jo Reyes are the final additions to the Braves’ bench and bullpen respectively…Joe Thurston and Jonny Venters were cut as a result…

Mets: The Mets cut Kiko Calero, Nelson Figueroa, Chris Carter, Bobby Parnell, Russ Adams, and Elmer Dessens, meaning Hisanori Takahashi and Jenrry Mejia will make the bullpen…Mike Jacobs and Fernando Tatis will platoon at firstbase until Daniel Murphy returns…

Nationals: Scott Olsen and Garrett Mock are fighting for the last rotation spot…The Nats will make their final cuts tomorrow (Saturday).

Marlins: Cody Ross is still hopeful he’ll play opening day…Scott Cousins would go in his stead.

Phillies: With Joe Blanton out for a month, the Phils are considering Tim Redding. Kyle Kendrick will replace Blanton currently.


Around AL East Spring Training, 4/2: Nick Johnson Day-To-Day

Blue Jays: The 25 man roster is set and official for Opening Day. ... How many games will the Jays win in 2010? Bluebird Banter readers are saying the win total will be in the 72-75 range.

Orioles: Felix Pie was hit in the right ankle by a pitch on Friday, but x-rays were negative. Pie will be the Orioles' starting left fielder. ... Former O's pitcher Mike Cuellar died of cancer on Friday. He was 72.

Rays: With Hank Blalock not making the Opening Day roster, he is free to seek a deal with any other MLB team, which he is expected to do. Blalock said recently he would not play in the minor leagues. ... The Rays acquired right-handed pitcher Virgil Vasquez for a player to be named on Friday.

Red Sox: No. 5 starter Clay Buchholz was solid in his last start of the spring Friday, allowing one run on two hits in six innings of work against the Nationals. ... Outfielder Jeremy Hermida reports his right hamstring feels fine after playing in a minor league game.

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez met with officials from the MLB and told them he did not receive performance-enhancing drugs from a Canadian doctor. ... Nick Johnson fouled a ball off his right knee Friday and is listed as day-to-day.


Around AL Central Spring Training, 4/2: Everyone's Excited

Indians: Well, at least someone is picking the Indians to win the division. According to the official team site, Manager Manny Acta is enthusiastic and excited about the 2010 campaign. Jake Westbrook, will make his comeback official, starting on Opening Day.

Tigers: Bless You Boys offers a roadmap for how the Tigers can make the playoffs. Meanwhile, OF Wilkin Ramirez has been sent to AA.

Royals: Brian Anderson's decision to try to become a pitcher, sounds like an April Fools joke, but apparently isn't. Sam Mellinger calls Jose Guillen a question mark at DH.

White Sox: Jake Peavy isn't fazed by his rough spring, or at least he isn't saying he is. Ozzie Guillen, likes his 2010 squad.

Twins: A look at the microclimates around, or in, or at, Target Field. Rob Neyer discusses the Twins aversion to statistical analysis. Hey, they went 41-49 against non AL Central teams last year, why fix it if it isn't broken?


Around NL West Spring Training, 4/2: The Last Of The Pre-Season

Diamondbacks Manager AJ Hinch spoke to mlb.com, discussing a nunber of issues including whether Juan Gutierrez would be the set-up man. “He’s going to pitch important innings.. On days that Chad Qualls isn’t available, he’s our ninth-inning guy. On days when the eighth inning matches up well for him, he’s our eighth-inning guy, and there may be an out or two in the seventh inning I ask him to get.”

Dodgers Alyssa Milano is concerned. One of the Dodgers’ biggest celebrity fans thinks “It’s going to be a rough year. Granted, I always go into the season as a pessimist. Hopefully, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.” Milano has had season tickets at Chavez Ravine for the past seven years, and tries to get to 40 games or so a season. “There is no better place to be than in the ballpark in your town. It’s a sensory experience.” The same might be said of Ms. Milano.

Giants Barry Zito’s last tune-up before the regular season did not go well. His old team-mates in Oakland hammering out 17 hits against Zito and the Giants ‘pen, as they blanked SF 9-0. Zito allowed seven hits and a walk in three innings, giving up five earned runs, but was largely unbothered. "My timing was off… A couple of things I’ll clean up before my next start," he said.

Padres Gaslamp Ball are sad over the axing of the popular 5-for-$5 concession offer which ran at Petco last year. Club president Tom Garfinkel said, “It caused lines. A lot of people just wanted a hot dog and a drink, instead of all five items.” However, jbox wishes “that there was some kind of $5 deal,” but is pleased the Padres are still allowing fans to bring in their own food.

Rockies Closer Huston Street is slowing down his rehab program. He has twice had to stop throwing due to inflammation and tightness, so is now working on strengthening the muscles behind the shoulder. The aim is that when he returns to throwing, those muscles will then be better able to cope with the exertion involved.


Around AL West Spring Training, 4/2: Wrapping It Up

Mariners: It's looking like an 11-man pitching staff to start the year. Jesus Colome, despite an impressive spring, will likely be left off the team so they can keep Ryan Langerhans on a five-man bench...Ian Snell allowed six runs in five innings Thursday, but did walk just one batter, concluding his spring with 18 strikeouts and three walks...Erik Bedard threw in the bullpen on Thursday and looked very, very good.

Angels: Mark Saxon looks at the remaining roster battles. Bobby Wilson, Michael Ryan, Cory Aldridge, Terry Evans, and Robb Quinlan are all still uncertain of where they're going to be next week, among a few others...Reggie Willits will indeed begin the year on the DL...Lyle Spencer interviews Brandon Wood to talk about his upcoming shot as the regular third baseman.

Athletics: Justin Duchscherer wrapped up his spring with six shutout innings, striking out six...Kurt Suzuki likes Oakland's offense this year.

Rangers: Gil LeBreton talks about the Ryan Garko acquisition, and what went wrong along the way in negotiations for Mike Lowell...Texas traded 17 year old lefty Edwin Escobar to San Francisco for Rule 5 pick Ben Snyder, allowing them to send Snyder to the minors...Doug Mathis has earned the final spot in the bullpen.


Around NL Central Spring Training, 4/2: Final Roster Spots

Cardinals: The team solved their final roster battle on Thursday, trading Julio Lugo to the Orioles for a PTBNL or cash and making room for Nick Stavinoha, Allen Craig and Joe Mather to all open the season with the team...On an otherwise slow day in camp, Mark McGwire took the opportunity to take batting practice with the team Thursday, and hit a few home runs to left.

Brewers: The team remains concerned about Corey Hart's poor spring, and has reportedly been in touch with Jermaine Dye about the possibility of joining the outfield. Doug Melvin refused comment on the topic Thursday. ..if the Brewers signed Dye, they would reportedly look to deal Hart, with the Nationals being one rumored target.

Astros: Felipe Paulino, scheduled to make his final preseason appearance on Saturday, has been scratched after suffering back spasms earlier in the week, and will be replaced by Bud Norris. Paulino is still expected to start the fifth game of the season...With Lance Berkman on the DL to open the season, Geoff Blum is expected to get most of the playing time at first base, but Pedro Feliz will get some starts against left handed pitchers...Casey Daigle is expected to pitch in relief in AAA, but had an outstanding performance in his final Grapefruit League start, pitching four perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Cubs: Geovany Soto was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League finale, but there's nothing to worry about: Soto was pulled in favor of Koyie Hill, who hadn't had a chance to catch Carlos Silva yet this spring...The team has been happy with Silva's performance this spring, and gave him the fourth spot in the rotation...All told, the Cubs drew 152,493 fans to 14 home games in Mesa this spring. That's 10,892 per game, up from 10,690 in 2009.

Pirates: As the team departed Bradenton for a weekend exhibition series in Philadelphia, some roster questions still remain: Pitcher Hayden Penn, outfielders Steve Pearce and John Raynor and infielder Ramon Vazquez are all on the trip, but only two can make the team...pitcher Virgil Vazquez, who was expected to open the season in the minors, has been traded to the Rays for a PTBNL or cash.

Reds: The team's front office still has a lot of decisions to make and not much time left: As of Thursday night, the Reds still had 38 players in major league camp. They'll also need to open up two 40-man roster spots for Laynce Nix and Mike Leake, who were non-roster invitees this spring and appear to have made the team.


Spring Training News & Notes, 4/2: Catching Up With Everyone

Follow along with this stream as we check out what's going on in every camp for every team in baseball. Updates will be provided on a division-by-division basis.

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