MLB In Full Bloom 3/14/13

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19– Number of days until Opening Day  

 MLB News & Notes

  • Matt Kemp went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Tuesday and is now 2-for-17 with eight strikeouts since returning from shoulder surgery. The Dodgers management does not seem worried and said that Kemp just needs more at-bats.
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) played four innings at shortstop Wednesday night and felt fine physically. Despite going 0-2 at the plate, this was a success for Jeter and the Yankees. 
  • Mariano Rivera pitched another perfect inning in his second spring outing on Wednesday. Age and injury offers some risk, but so far it looks like things are going great for him.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers and Carlos Gomez agreed to a three-year contract extension. Gomez hit 19 home runs with 37 stolen bases last year, and he provides excellent defensive range in the outfield.
  • Johan Santana (back) has remained hopeful that he would be ready for Opening Day. However, Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged Wednesday that Santana is "not too close" to returning to a mound. It appears that Santana will begin the season on the disabled list. 
  • Jordan Zimmermann bounced back from a "dead arm" period to throw 82 pitches in Wednesday's start. He gave up one earned run over 4.2 innings, striking out six.
  • CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported on Wednesday that Jedd Gyorko is expected to be named the Padres' starting second baseman. Gyorko, 24, hit .311 with 30 home runs between stops at Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson last season.
  • Pedro Alvarez is batting .080 after going hitless in three at-bats on Wednesday. Alvarez hit 30 homers in his first full season in 2012 and Pittsburgh is counting on him to at least match that production this year.
  • The Washington Nationals reassigned Anthony Rendon to minor league camp. Rendon was hitting .375 with four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in just 13 games this spring, but he's going  to Double-A Harrisburg since spring training. The Nationals also sent Matt Skole, the Nationals top slugging prospect down to minor league camp. 
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 2006 - Washington D.C. officials unveiled the designs for a new home for the Nationals scheduled to be opened in 2008. The 41,000-seat ballpark features pale stone chosen to complement the well-known skyline of the nation's capital.