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News from around the league!

Hello everyone,

I just spent a little time looking at some headlines and thought I'd mention a few:

  • Red Sox RHP Josh Beckett will probably be out for a while, and quite possibly, miss Opening Day in Japan due to back spasms, which progressively became worse from Sunday to Monday.
  • Tigers RHP Jordan Tata was so annoyed by his latest Spring Training start (and his Spring Training to this point, as he's had some serious command problems) that he punched a door with his pitching hand.  The bone at the base of his pinky has swelled up and he'll definitely be out for the rest of Spring Training and beyond.
  • Cardinals' manager Tony LaRussa plans to bat his pitchers eighth, figuring a position player will get on more often than a pitcher will, which will likely lead to more men on base for #3 hitter Albert Pujols.  Supposedly, in two prior periods (including 1998 when Mark McGwire was the #3 hitter) of having pitchers eighth, the Cardinals' offense and W-L record has been quite positive; combine that with their offense struggling last year, and that's why LaRussa is enacting it again.
  • According to the Cardinals' latest mailbag, Juan Gonzalez, Colby Rasmus, and Brian Barton are contenders for one spot on the team. The mailbag writer, Matthew Leach, thought that Gonzalez was the front-runner a few days, but seems to think Barton may have a strong chance of grabbing that spot. I'm guessing he probably thinks Rasmus isn't quite ready yet to make his ML debut, even though he is one of the most highly-touted prospects in the Minors at this point.
  • Interesting news, to say the least, around the Majors.  :-)
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