MLB In Full Bloom 2/19/13

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 MLB News & Notes

  • Josh Hamilton made comments Monday regarding the Texas Rangers fan base. Hamilton said Dallas is "not a true baseball town". For Hamilton to make these comments was not swift on his part. He tried to cover his bases by saying there are alot of great fans that were supportive in Dallas. Hamilton did not paint everyone with the same brush, but why say it? First, no player should go insulting fans that were so supportive of them. Second, talking about your biggest rivals fan base is only going to create an environment at Arlington Stadium that does not make the Los Angeles Angels job any easier to win there. In this case, Hamilton should not have gone there.
  • Sean Burnett had an MRI on his back since he was experiencing stiffness. The MRI came back normal and revealed no major damage - just stiffness. The Angels have listed him as day-to-day.
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Tony Campana from the Chicago Cubs for two low level pitching prospects - Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo. Campana has swiped 54 career bases in 59 career tries. He can provide a nice element of speed off the Arizona bench.
  • Alfonso Soriano has given the Chicago Cubs a list of "six or seven" teams that he would be willing to accept a trade to this year. The Cubs reportedly are willing to eat about $26 million of the $36 million remaining on Soriano's contract if they receive the right package in return.
  • San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Monday that Matt Cain will start on Opening Day against the Dodgers.
  • Hunter Morris "will be a strong candidate" to start the season at first base according to Milwaukee Brewers general manager Gord Ash. Mat Gamel was supposed to fill in for Corey Hart (knee), but Gamel re-injured his surgically-repaired right knee this weekend and has been ruled out for the year. Morris, 24, batted .303 with 28 home runs and 113 RBI last season at Double-A Huntsville. He could carry value in NL-only fantasy leagues.
  • Derek Jeter reported that his ankle felt fine after a full-squad workout on Monday, but he felt sore overall.
  • Dee Gordon is expected to begin the season at Triple-A Albuquerque for the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that "everybody is happy with the way Hanley Ramirez looks" at shortstop, which leaves Gordon without a starting role.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1935 - Lou Gehrig signed a one-year deal with the Yankees for $30,000. The prior season, the All-star first baseman hit .363 with 49 homers and led the American League with 165 RBIs.