5 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
51– Number of days until Opening Day
California Winter League
Thursday was Day 18 at the CWL
In Game 1, the Washington Bluesox used an outstanding pitching performance from Connor Murray to defeat the Canada A's 9-1. Murry tossed 6 1/3 innings of no hit baseball and retired sixteen batters in a row at one point.
Today there is just one game on the schedule. First pitch at 11:30 am between the British Colombia Bombers and the Palm Springs Chill. General admission tickets are $8 for an entire day of baseball, business man special is $10 for admission and includes a hot dog & Bud or Bud Light.
The Seattle Mariners and Felix Hernandez are close to a new deal. Hernandez has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Mariners, but the deal is not quite official, but is expected to be completed before spring training. Hernandez turns 27 years old this year and owns a 2.81 ERA over his last four seasons.
The news of Felix Hernandez's mega deal lead to speculation on Thursday about the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw working out a contract extension. The Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti responded Thursday by saying there is "mutual interest" between the organization and Kershaw to work out an extension.
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced that Casey Janssenwill start the season as the team's closer. Sergio Santos started 2012 as the closer for the Blue Jays before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury after six appearances, forcing Janssen into the role. Janssen posted a 2.54 ERA with 22 saves after taking over for Santos.
Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon said Victor Martinez (knee) has looked "unbelievable" at the plate during early hitting at the Tigers' spring training complex. Martinez missed all of 2012 recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, but it appears that he is ready for a big bounce-back season.
The Baltimore Orioles are concerned about the health of Jair Jurrjens right knee and it is "becoming increasingly unclear" as to whether the one-year deal between the two sides will come to fruition.
The Seattle Mariners and Joe Saundersagreed on a one-year deal. Saunders will provide the Mariners a steady presence in the middle of the rotation, and pitching at Safeco Field should help his numbers.
The Seattle Mariners and Kelly Shoppachagreed to a one-year deal. Shoppach will serve as the backup catcher behind Jesus Montero. Shoppach could see one or two starts per week.
THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1982 - The Los Angeles Dodgers broke up the longest-playing infield in major league history by trading veteran second baseman Davey Lopes to the Oakland A's for minor leaguer Lance Hudson. Lopes, first baseman Steve Garvey, third baseman Ron Cey, and shortstop BillRussell had been the starting infielder for Los Angeles since 1974.