MLB In Full Bloom 3/1/13


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32– Number of days until Opening Day 

 MLB News & Notes

  • New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman spilled the beans on what he called "a significant offer" to Robinson Cano, but then quickly clammed up. Cashman thought Hal Steinbrenner made the same comments and he was just restating it. This is unlike the organization to let contract negotiations with a player become public.
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) will make his Cactus League debut Friday. Kemp will be the DH for the game against the Padres and will slowly work his way into the outfield. Kemp is recovering from last October's surgery on his left shoulder but is fully expected to be ready to go for Opening Day.
  • FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback. Vlad didn't appear in a major league game in 2012. At  38-years old, Guerrero is willing to accept a minor league deal, so it's possible a team will give him a shot.
  • Stephen Strasburg allowed one run and collected six strikeouts over three innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets. Strasburg's command has not been very good so far, but he is still collecting plenty of strikeouts.
  • Jay Bruce (heel) returned to the Reds' lineup Thursday. Bruce missed a couple days with a sore right heel, but he's feeling better.
  • Aroldis Chapman threw two perfect innings Thursday against the Rockies in his first Cactus League start. He struck out three batters while allowing one run.
  • Mariano Rivera pitched an inning of a simulated game Thursday morning. This was Rivera's his first one since tearing his right ACL last May. Rivera is not scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game yet, but he is close to being ready.
  • The Chicago Cubs announced that they will no longer invite celebrities visiting Wrigley Field to lead seventh-inning stretch renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1969 - Mickey Mantle ended his career with 2,415 hits and 536 home runs in 18 years with the New York Yankees, numbers that would have certainly been higher if not for persistent knee injuries.