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Probable Pitchers for March 31, 2013

Pitchf/x cards of today's probable pitchers can be found here: Probable Pitchers

Notable Performances from March 29-30

National League:

  • Carlos Marmol surrendered three runs in two-thirds of an inning and took a loss Saturday against the Astros.

  • Chris Johnson had a two-run homer and an RBI single as the Braves topped their Double-A Mississippi affiliate 10-0 on Saturday.

  • James McDonald gave up four runs in two innings as the Pirates lost to their Double-A Altoona affiliate 8-6 on Saturday.

  • Rickie Weeks hit his third home run of the spring Saturday in the Brewers' 4-3 defeat of the White Sox.

  • Placido Polanco homered twice and drove in five runs as the Marlins beat their Triple-A New Orleans affiliate 7-0 on Saturday.

  • A.J. Ellis smashed a grand slam home run off Jason Vargas on Friday, leading the Dodgers to a 9-8 victory over the Angels.

  • Josh Beckett’s spring finale didn’t go exactly as planned on Friday, as he surrendered seven runs on nine hits over his 4 innings of work.

  • Gregor Blanco had a nice night at the plate in Friday’s 3-1 victory over the Athletics, going 1-for-2 with an RBI triple and a walk.

  • Barry Zito turned in a solid performance in his spring finale on Friday, limiting the Athletics to one run on three hits over 5 1/3 innings of work.

  • Bronson Arroyo allowed only a Jason Kubel solo homer over six innings Friday against the Diamondbacks.

  • Patrick Corbin was impressive in his latest audition for a rotation spot, tossing six shutout innings against the Reds on Friday.

  • Jason Kubel slugged a solo home run in his return to Cactus League action Friday against the Reds.

American League:

  • Yoenis Cespedes launched another spring homer Saturday in the A's 4-3 win against the Giants.

  • Indians C/1B Carlos Santana slugged his second home run of the spring in Saturday's 9-1 victory over the Reds.

  • Brad Peacock threw three scoreless innings Saturday in the Astros' 6-3 defeat of the Cubs.

  • Felix Doubront struck out six in five scoreless innings in the Red Sox's 4-2 win over the Twins on Saturday.

  • Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey surrendered four runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Red Sox on Saturday.

  • OF Jose Bautista went 2-for-3, homered and scored three times Saturday as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 10-4.

  • 2012 first-round pick Marcus Stroman pitched two perfect innings Saturday to finish off the Blue Jays' defeat of the Phillies.

  • James Loney went 2-for-3 and hit his first spring homer Saturday as the Rays and Tigers played to a 3-3 tie.

  • Rays LHP Matt Moore was sharp Saturday, allowing one hit in four innings and striking out five against the Tigers.

  • Tigers RHP Doug Fister allowed two runs in six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Rays.

  • Angels LHP Jason Vargas was lit up by the Dodgers in his final spring start Friday, allowing eight runs on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings.
  • Tigers C Brayan Pena had a two-run homer and a triple Saturday against the Rays.

  • OF Nate McLouth hit a pair of homers Saturday to lead the Orioles to a 7-1 win over the Mets.

  • 1B Chris Davis went 2-for-3 and hit a two-run homer against the Mets on Saturday.

  • Angels OF Mike Trout stuffed the box score in Friday’s loss to the Dodgers, going 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base.
  • Athletics OF Chris Young delivered a strong offensive performance on Friday, reaching base all four times in a losing effort against the Giants.

  • Athletics RHP A.J. Griffin looked sharp in his final test of the spring on Friday, allowing two runs on five hits over his five frames against the Giants.


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American League:

Injury Updates

National League:

  • Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that he's "pretty optimistic" third baseman Pablo Sandoval (elbow) will be ready for the start of the regular season.

  • Cubs 2B Darwin Barney has been ruled out for Opening Day because of a gash on his knee that required stitches.

  • Rockies 2B/SS Josh Rutledge left Saturday's game after being involved in a collision with Michael Cuddyer.

  • Mets LHP Johan Santana (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday.

  • The Mets will wait until Sunday to decide whether INF Justin Turner (calf) will open the season on the disabled list.
  • Giants placed LHP Eric Surkamp on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a strained left elbow tendon.

  • Giants placed INF Tony Abreu on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a strained quad.

  • Giants placed 1B Brett Pill on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a right knee injury.

American League:

  • Athletics placed SS Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained left hamstring.

  • Astros placed RHP Alex White on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

  • Rays manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that DH Luke Scott (calf) will miss the first 2-3 weeks of the season.

  • Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera (back) returned to the Indians' lineup Saturday.

  • Astros placed OF Fernando Martinez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a strained oblique.

  • White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed that RHP Jesse Crain will be ready for Opening Day.

  • The Boston Globe reports SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is close to being cleared for minor league games.

  • Red Sox DH David Ortiz (heels) could be cleared to face live pitching in 1-2 weeks.

  • Red Sox LHP Franklin Morales (back) threw a bullpen session Saturday.


Notes and Rumors

National League:

  • Kevin Gregg is unlikely to have a spot on the Dodgers' Opening Day roster 

  • Alfredo Marte will be the Diamondbacks' fourth outfielder.

  • Patrick Corbin has earned the final spot in the Diamondbacks' starting rotation.

  • Collin Cowgill will open 2013 as the Mets' everyday center fielder.

  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis has made the Mets' Opening Day roster.

  • Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers and LHP Clayton Kershaw have opened long-term extension talks.

  • The Brewers have informed OF Khris Davis that he's made the Opening Day roster.

  • Rule 5 pick OF Ender Inciarte has made the Phillies' Opening Day roster.

  • RHP Phillippe Aumont has won a spot in the Phillies' Opening Day bullpen. 

American League:

  • RHP Evan Scribner has earned a spot in the A's Opening Day bullpen.

  • 1B Nate Freiman has made the A's Opening Day roster.

  • Rangers manager Ron Washington said Saturday that CF Leonys Martin will have a green light on the basepaths this season.

  • The Yankees are not concerned about the general stiffness that prevented DH Travis Hafner from playing Saturday.

  • CF Julio Borbon has cracked the Rangers' 25-man roster.

  • OF Steve Pearce has made the Orioles' Opening Day roster.

  • RHP Clayton Mortensen has won an Opening Day bullpen spot.


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Clearly Polanco is justifying his role as the Marlins' cleanup hitter.