MLB In Full Bloom 1/31/13

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13 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report 

59– Number of days until Opening Day

 

California Winter League

  • Wednesday Day 12 of the CWL.
  • Season ends February 12 with the Championship game.
  • The first game of the day was one to remember at the CWL. Palm Springs Chill and the Canada A’s were scoring at will as the two teams combined for 17 runs. Chill defeated the A’s 9-8. In the second game, Koby Clemens hit his second home run of the season for the Palm Springs Power in the top of the seventh inning giving the Power a six to three lead over the Washington Bluesox. Game ended 6-6.
  • 19 CWL players signed professional contracts on Wednesday.
  • For more information, please visit www.CaliforniaWinterLeague.com

 MLB News & Notes

  • Multiple sources have told the New York Daily News that Alex Rodriguez is "unlikely to ever wear the pinstripes again." Rodriguez released a statement on Tuesday denying the newest claims made by the owner of Biogensis, Anthony Bosch, that he used PEDs after 2003. Rodriguez is not expected to return until July following hip surgery earlier this month. A-ROD is A-GONE.
  • The San Diego Padres and Chase Headley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal. Headley finished fifth in the NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 home runs and 115 RBI. Headley also earned his first Gold Glove. It will be tough for him to replicate those power numbers again, even with the fences moving in at Petco Park this season.
  • The New York Mets and LaTroy Hawkins agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Hawkins spent last year with the Angels and will continue to work in middle relief if he earns a roster spot.
  • The Los Angeles Angels and Bill Hall agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Hall spent the majority of 2012 with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate. With utility infielder Maicer Izturis signing with the Blue Jays in free agency, Hall could get a chance to fill that void.
  • Brandon Beachy (elbow) has been throwing long-toss and expects to be throwing off a mound soon. Beachy had Tommy John surgery last June and hopes to return to the Braves' starting rotation before the All-Star break.
  • The New York Yankees are showing some interest in free agent Travis Hafner. The Yankees have a need a DH and Hafner can fill that role.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JACKIE ROBINSON! Jackie would have been 94 years old today. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1961 - Houston voters approve financing for a domed stadium removing the last hurdle to gaining a major league franchise for the Texas city. The Astrodome, the eighth wonder of the world, will be the result of today's approval and will serve as the Astros home from 1965-1999.