Monday, March 23, 2009

MLB Roundup Mar. 22

So the United States let me down as my pick to win the WBC with a 9-4 loss to Japan on Sunday night. A five run fifth inning didn't help and Diasuke Matsuzaka on the mound didn't either. Matsuzaka's line on the night looked like this: 4.2 IP, 5H, 2ER, 4K's. With the win, Japan moves into the final tonight against Korea at 9:30pm Eastern on ESPN. I'll take Japan this time.

- Trevor Hoffman is doubtful for Opening Day with a strained right oblique.

- Rays outfielder BJ Upton probably won't feature on Opening Day either after being hit in the hand by a pitch. The injury is not supposed to be serious.

- The Chicago White Sox agreed a 4-year deal worth $15.5 million with RHP Gavin Floyd over the weekend. In 2008 Floyd went 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA.

Check out Monday's schedule below:

Cactus League
Dodgers v Angels
Cubs v A's
Royals v Padres
Mariners v Giants
Brewers v Rockies

Grapefruit League
Nationals v Cardinals
Tigers v Red Sox
Orioles v Twins
Blue Jays v Reds
Marlins v Astros
Yankees v Phillies
Rays v Pirates

13 days.
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