MLB In Full Bloom 3/15/13

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18– Number of days until Opening Day  

 MLB News & Notes

  • Carl Crawford (elbow) went 3-for-6 with three runs and a steal  in a game against Meiji University. Crawford has been slowed in camp by forearm tightness that is related to his Tommy John surgery in August, but he's beginning to feel alot better and looks to be on pace to join the Dodgers sometime in April.
  • Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Derrek Lee has turned down an offer from the Yankees and will remain retired. Looks like Lee has decided to stay retired and if that is the case, he had a solid career.
  • Jason Vargas gave up one run over 4 2/3 innings in Thursday's 12-4 win over the White Sox. Vargas came over from Seattle in an offseason trade and is expected to open 2013 as either the Angels' No. 3 or No. 4 starter.
  • Ryan Madson (elbow) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session on Thursday morning. Madson should be cleared to face live hitters in the next few days, but there is no timetable for his Cactus League debut. He has been ruled out for Opening Day and Ernesto Frieri is expected to open the 2013 regular season as the Angels closer.
  • Carlos Quentin (knee) could return to the lineup Friday. Quentin has been out of action for a week after feeling soreness in his twice-surgically-repaired right knee, but the Padres don't seem too concerned.
  • Cole Hamels will start Opening Day for the Phillies.
  • FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers remain in contact with free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. Lohse's agent, Scott Boras, told Rosenthal that multiple teams have been in contact.
  • Casey Kelly has micro-tears in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is heading towards Tommy John surgery. Kelly will miss all of 2013.
  • Julio Teheran struck out six and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29. He seems to have put last season's struggles behind in the past, as he's allowed just two runs while striking out 18 batters in 14 innings this spring. The final spot in the rotation is his to lose.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 2000 - In spring training action, six Boston Red Sox pitchers combined to throw a perfect game beating the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-0. Boston starter Pedro Martinez pitched the first three innings, Fernando De La Cruz tossed the next two frames, with Dan Smith, Rheal Cormier, Rich Garces, and Rod Beck all threw one inning apiece.