Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MLB Roundup Mar. 24

That's right, I did pick Japan to win the WBC final. You may start raining the praise on me now. So what if I picked the USA before the semifinals. All that matters is that I got the final correct. Anyway, here we go:

Japan beat Korea in the 10th inning after scoring two runs in the extra frame. Korea tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 9th with two outs. Who came up big for Japan? The man we needs only his first name on the back of his jersey, Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the 10th that put Japan ahead for good and gave them back to back WBC's. Yu Darvish got the win for the Japanese team. Congrats Japan, see you in 2013.

The Tampa Bay Rays will likely send pitching phenom David Price to the minors to start the 2009 campaign. He's only 23 and in October last year he went 1-0 with a save and an ERA of 1.59 in five appearances. You know he'll be up later this season even if he does end up heading to Durham to start things off.

Phillies ace Cole Hamels pitched in a minor league game today as he starts coming back from experiencing elbow tightness last week. Hamels struck out five of the 13 batters he faced. There is a good chance he will not be a go on Opening Day.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is calling it quits after a career that spanned 20 years. Schilling sat out the 2008 season with a shoulder injury. He announced his retirement on his blog and said he has no regrets. I think we all remember the bloody sock in the 2004 World Series but this guy has some solid numbers. Over his career Schilling is 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA. That puts him 80th on the all-time wins list and 15th on the all-time K's list with 3,116. He holds an 11-2 postseason record and a 2.23 ERA in the postseason and has three World Series rings. Which is three more than all the writers on this blog combined. Hard to believe, I know. The question is, does he deserve the Hall of Fame? You tell me. I think so but I want to know your take so leave a comment.

- Daisuke Matsuzaka will rejoin the "Sawx" on Wednesady.
- And the BLBB would like to send its condolences to the family of George Kell, Hall of Famer for the Tigers who passed away Tuesday at the age of 86.

Tuesday Spring Training Scores

Cactus League
Mariners 8 v Dodgers 6 (Top 9th)
Padres 5 v Angels 10
White Sox 2 v Indians 2
Rangers 7 v Mariners 7
Rockies 8 v Cubs 9
Giants 7 v D'backs 3
A's 3 v Royals 8

Grapefuit League
Nationals 3 v Orioles 1
Philles 7 v Blue Jays 6
Mets 0 v Astros 8
Twins 8 v Marlins 1
Pirates 5 v Braves 2
Red Sox 1 v Yankees 7
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