Monday, March 9, 2009

MLB Roundup Mar. 9

It's late and I have 8:00am class tomorrow so let's get right to it.

Are you tired of hearing about Alex Rodriguez yet? Well he is in the news once again as the Yankees 3B had surgery on his hip. The surgery that fixed a torn labrum, "went exactly as we planned," according to the doctor who did the surgery, Dr. Marc Philippon. Like it was mentioned yesterday, A-Rod will be out for 6-9 weeks and should be back on the field in May. He will require more surgery after the season.

The injury news just keeps on rolling in as Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels RHP Ervin Santana will start the season on the DL with an elbow injury. An MRI showed that he had sprained the medial collateral ligament. Not sure on the timetable for a return but last year Santana went 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA. The 26-year-old signed a four year, $30 million contract before the season. Twins catcher Joe Mauer is also another injury concern today. Mauer has had back pain and it has gotten in the way of his rehab from offseason kidney surgery. There is no diagnosis yet but more tests will be run this week on his back. And lastly on the injury review is Chipper Jones, who injured his right side during the USA's game against Venezuela in the WBC. Jones has a mild strain but is likely to return for the next round of the tournament.

Speaking of the WBC, SEGWAY! (Curtis will know what this means). The next round is starting to take shape with some results from Sunday night, and also from Monday. So on Sunday, if you read the last post you knew the Domincan Republic was beating Panama 5-0 due to my extroardinary, on-the-couch-with-ESPN-on coverage of the game. The Dominican Republic went on the win 9-0, a huge win since they lost their first game to the Netherlands. Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto got the win. The United States secured a place in the next round with a big 15-6 win over Venezuela on Sunday as well with an eight run 6th inning. The US totaled 16 hits and got HR's in consecutive games from Adam Dunn and Kevin Youkilis. Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt started for the US and went 3.2 innings, giving up six hits, three earned, and striking out one. In the nightcap Australia took down Mexico in a big way, 17-7 in both team's first game of the WBC.
On Monday, Korea defeated Japan 1-0 to finish 3-1 in Group A. Italy knocked Canada out of contention for the next round with a 6-2 win and Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands 3-1 to move to 2-0 and secure a place in the next round as well. Mexico and South Africa are currently in the Bottom of the 7th at 12:38pm Eastern with Mexico leading 6-3. More groundbreaking live game coverage. Tomorrow there are three games scheduled: Italy plays Venezuela in a big Group C game at 5:00pm Eastern, the Domincan Republic looks to avenge a loss to the Netherlands at 6:30pm Eastern, and then Cuba takes on Australia at 10:00pm Eastern.

Scores from spring training on Monday are listed below.

Cactus League
Indians 9 v White Sox 3
Angels 4 v A's 5
Dodgers 13 v Rangers 7
Royals 1 v Cubs 9
Brewers 6 v Giants 8
Padres 16 v D'Backs 3

Grapefruit League
Reds 8 v Phillies 4
Patriots (Red Sox) 15 v Steelers (Pirates) 14
Twins 4 v Rays 3
Orioles 8 v Mets 9
Blue Jays 6 v Yankees 2
Astros 6 v Nationals 8
Tigers 0 v Marlins 1
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