Tuesday, March 3, 2009

MLB Roundup Mar. 3

The biggest story of the day has recently developed and it involves Manny Ramirez. ESPN.com is reporting that a deal has been agreed between Manny and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ramirez's agent Scott Boras has said that no deal has been done and that the sides are still negotiating. The report suggests that the deal is for $45 million over 2 years.

The Oakland A's have reportedly signed Nomar Garciaparra to a one-year deal, the San Francisco Chronicle claimed. The A's are expected to make a formal announcement on Friday. Garciaparra, who is 35, batted .264 in only 55 games for the Dodgers in 2008. The right-hander will help balance out a lineup that is heavy with left-handed bats with Jason Giambi, Jack Cust, and Eric Chavez, among others.

The Big Unit, Randy Johnson, showed that he could still play today with seven K's in three innings. Johnson threw 29 strikes in 42 total pitches, impressive for a 45-year-old if you ask me. The Giants pitcher is 5 victories short of 300 and is on a one-year contract worth $8 million this year.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Justin Duchscherer was seeing a doctor on Tuesday to have his right elblow looked at. He is Oakland's projected Opening Day pitcher.

Johan Santana may not be ready for Opening Day with tenderness in his elbow.

News from Boston has the Red Sox pitcher Brad Penny was scratched from his first spring training exhibition start due to shoulder soreness and JD Drew flew to Boston for an injection in his lower back.

Finally, adding to his offseason struggles, Alex Rodriguez will have his hip checked out after a cyst was found on Saturday during an exam. He will visit a doctor in Vail, CO on tomorrow.

And of course the scores:

Cactus League
Indians 9 v Royals 9
Rockies 6 v Brewers 8
Athletics 4 v Cubs 6
Dodgers 5 v Padres 4
Diamondbacks 6 v Giants 7

Grapefruit League
Reds 9 v Red Sox 8
Venezuela 5 v Tigers 7
Cardinals 15 v Mets 4
Puerto Rico 2 v Twins 3
Canada 6 v Blue Jays 4
Panama 2 v Braves 11
Italy6 v Nationals 9
Netherlands 4 v Pirates 5
Domincan Republic 10 v Marlins 1
Astros 2 v Rays 12
United States 6 v Yankees 5
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