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04-09-2012, 12:24 PM


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Anibal Sanchez, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Sanchez missed time with right shoulder soreness early in Spring Training. He made 32 starts in 2011, striking out 202 in 196 1/3 innings. He was 2-5, 3.74 ERA against NL East teams. He was 0-1 in three starts at Philly.

Cole Hamels, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Hamels is one of the big three, but he gets the fourth start of the season because the Phillies want him to pitch the home opener against the Miami Marlins. It's a nice honor for Hamels, who can become a free agent following the season.

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C.J. Wilson, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Wilson was signed to a five-year, $77.5 million contract and comes in as the fourth starter of one of baseball's best rotations. The 31-year-old won 31 games and posted a 3.14 ERA in two years as a starter with Texas.

Nick Blackburn, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

After an excellent showing in Spring Training, Blackburn gets the honor of starting the home opener at Target Field. Blackburn, who had offseason surgery on his forearm, is looking to bounce back after posting a 4.49 ERA last year.

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Barry Zito, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Zito recorded an inflated 7.91 ERA in six spring outings before pitching in a Minors game last Wednesday to build up his pitch count. A slow starter even when he was at his peak, Zito has built a 17-27 record in 56 career April outings.

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Chacin, 24, held opponents to a .231 batting average, and his ERA last year was third lowest in club history. The Rox believe he can become a star if he achieves pitch efficiency. He went 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts vs. the Giants in 2011.

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Chris Sale, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

The 23-year-old with electric stuff makes his first career Major League start after two impressive seasons in the bullpen. Sale showed exceptional Cactus League control, walking two and fanning 22 in 24 innings.

Josh Tomlin, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

A finesse pitcher, Tomlin is coming off a season in which he tied Justin Masterson for the team high with 12 victories. The right-hander relies on pinpoint control and efficient pitch usage, helping him eat innings for the Tribe.

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Shaun Marcum, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Marcum's spring was abbreviated by some early shoulder stiffness, and probably won't top the 90-pitch mark to start the season. But he had a similar '11 spring and was Milwaukee's best pitcher in April and May.

Chris Volstad, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Acquired from the Marlins for Carlos Zambrano, Volstad is coming off a rough season. He did set a career high with 117 strikeouts. He has worked a lot with former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe this spring not just on mechanics but on attacking hitters.

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Ivan Nova, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Nova had a sluggish start to his spring but seemed to put it together near the end. Nova is 2-0 with a 3.55 ERA in four starts vs. the O'sover the last two years, striking out 21 batters in 25 1/3 innings -- his most against any club.

Brian Matusz, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Coming off a tough season, Matusz was one of the feel-good stories this spring. He earned the final rotation spot and will make his season debut Monday against the Yanks. He's looking to prove that last year's 1-9 record with a 10.69 ERA was a fluke.

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Felix Doubront, LHP
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The lefty makes his first start after winning a rotation spot in Spring Training. Doubront was 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four Grapefruit League outings. He has made three career starts in the Majors, all of them in 2010, going 1-2 with a 4.11 ERA.

Henderson Alvarez, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Alvarez is fresh off a rookie campaign that saw him post a 3.53 ERA in 10 starts. He worked on developing a slider during the spring and the third pitch could add another element to his stong fastball/changeup combination.

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Jake Westbrook, RHP
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After dedicating himself to a new diet and fitness routine, Westbrook had terrific spring results. He's added more disguise into his delivery, which also includes a change in hand placement. Westbrook's goal is to log at least 200 innings.

Homer Bailey, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Bailey did not have a good spring as he posted a 7.98 ERA in five Cactus League games. The positive side is that he is healthy. Bailey added weight and muscle with the hope he will be more durable this season.

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Edwin Jackson, RHP
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Jackson went a combined 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the White Sox and Cardinals, registering a fourth consecutive double-digit win total. In the same four seasons, Jackson is one of 20 starters to average at least 12 wins and 200 innings.

Mike Pelfrey, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

The fourth starter in name only at this point, Pelfrey followed a poor 2011 with an equally poor Spring Training. The front office will be watching closely as Pelfrey faces the Nats, whom he held to a total of three runs over two starts last year.

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Brandon Beachy, RHP
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Beachy will attempt to avoid the high early pitch counts that limited him to fewer than seven innings in 23 of his 25 starts last year. His 169 strikeouts last year were the most by a Braves rookie in the modern era.

J.A. Happ, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Happ is trying to re-establish himself after a difficult 2011 season. Happ was 4-14 with a 6.26 ERA in his first 22 starts last year and was sent to the Minors. He came back and went 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA in last six outings.

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Hector Noesi, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Acquired from the Yankees in January, the 25-year-old makes his Mariners debut and just the third start of his career. He threw 7 innings of one-run ball against the Rockies on Wednesday, finishing Cactus League with a 1.50 ERA.

Yu Darvish, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Darvish makes his first Major League start after going 93-38 with a 1.99 ERA in seven years for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He was 76-28 with a 1.72 ERA over the past five seasons. He will be the sixth Japanese pitcher to play for Texas.

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Luis Mendoza, RHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

A Cactus League sensation, Mendoza's spot as the fourth starter was finalized when Felipe Paulino went on the disabled list. Mendoza revamped his pitching style in Triple-A the past two years and turned his sinking fastball into a potent weapon.

Tom Milone, LHP
0-0, -.-- ERA

Milone, who showcased near-perfect command all spring, is set to make his season debut. In his final two exhibition starts -- one against Triple-A Sacramento and another vs. the Giants -- the lefty struck out 13 in a combined 11 scoreless innings.

Great day of baseball ahead!

04-09-2012, 12:31 PM
I never want to see a Blue Jays jersey again. Now time to beat up on the White Sox for a confidence boost.

04-09-2012, 12:52 PM
mike stantons hurt

Yankee Clipper
04-09-2012, 12:56 PM
Good day of baseball lined up. Going to the Yankees/O's game tonight at Camden Yards :up:

04-09-2012, 12:57 PM
Barry Zito:clap:

04-09-2012, 01:36 PM
I am pretty excited to see Noesi's debut to see if Z was all talk about him thinking he is a good pitcher.

Pinstripe pride
04-09-2012, 01:48 PM
please pull your heads out of your ***** yankees

04-09-2012, 01:48 PM
Join us in the Phils game thread if you want to discuss the only game going on right now.


04-09-2012, 06:05 PM
Omar Infante will be the next Jose Bautista:)

Giants have brought the bats once again but will the pitching let them down again? So far so good! Zito:clap:

04-09-2012, 06:48 PM
What the ****, no one is broadcasting the Rangers game here. I'm so pissed.

We have 3 channels with daily baseball down here, today Brewers - Cubs O's - Yankees and Red Sox - Blue Jays.

Darvish Day sacrilegy :(

Capital G
04-09-2012, 06:50 PM
looking forward to seeing sale/darvish/alvarez pitch

04-09-2012, 07:18 PM
The Yankees already ahead 1-0 and the first time the Orioles have trailed all year.

04-09-2012, 07:21 PM
They don't call him HOMER bailey for anything

04-09-2012, 08:06 PM

04-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Yu Darvish could be the baseball version of Linsanity.

Jack of Blades
04-09-2012, 08:11 PM
Yu totally fooled Ackley on that one. Anybody else notice all of the Japanese ads in Rangers Ballpark tonight?

04-09-2012, 08:14 PM
Ichiro: 1
Yu: 0

04-09-2012, 08:15 PM
They should be showing the whole game.

04-09-2012, 08:16 PM
Brian matusz is complete garbage.

04-09-2012, 08:21 PM
Darvish having difficulty locating.

04-09-2012, 08:23 PM
Darvish is looking ****** right now.

Jack of Blades
04-09-2012, 08:23 PM
God I hate the Mariners and their cheap blooper hits.

04-09-2012, 08:24 PM
Another bloop hit this time for Olivo, another run in for the M's. Feldman up.

04-09-2012, 08:25 PM
Wow, walks in a run

04-09-2012, 08:26 PM
Yuuuuuuuuuuuu lol

04-09-2012, 08:27 PM
Bad start so far by Darvish.

Jack of Blades
04-09-2012, 08:27 PM
Bad start so far by Darvish.

No ****.

04-09-2012, 08:37 PM
Congrats to Captain Kirk for hitting his first career Home Run.

04-09-2012, 08:46 PM
Going to be a **** show in Texas.

04-09-2012, 08:48 PM
That Andruw Jones HR was a mother****ing laser.

04-09-2012, 08:53 PM
Darvish gives up a lead off double to Ichiro to start the second.

04-09-2012, 08:54 PM
Obviously a bad first impression by Darvish.

04-09-2012, 09:03 PM
Ichiro showing Darvish that he is still best Japan has to offer:)

04-09-2012, 09:29 PM
So, um. Anyone noticed how awesome the Cards offense is? I mean wtf.

04-09-2012, 10:32 PM
Mets still on pace for 162-0.

Yankee Clipper
04-09-2012, 10:52 PM
That Andruw Jones HR was a mother****ing laser.

I was one section over from that home run ball :clap:

04-09-2012, 10:57 PM
The Mets are 4-0! :speechless: :speechless:

04-09-2012, 10:58 PM
So, um. Anyone noticed how awesome the Cards offense is? I mean wtf.

Yup. :)

Losing Pujols and replacing him with Beltran isn't going to hurt them very much.

They were the top offensive team in the NL last year, and the 4th best in baseball last year (with a pitcher hitting). Everyone said that losing Pujols was going to cost them big time this year, but as long as Beltran hits like he did last year, they won't miss a beat.

They are still behind Detroit and Tampa in offensive rates thus far this year, but they have played two more games, which is arguably more impressive, and obviously have a lot higher oWAR

long ball
04-09-2012, 11:02 PM
So, um. Anyone noticed how awesome the Cards offense is? I mean wtf.

Not really surprising. They were the best in the nl last year. They now have a healthy freese, furcal, and Beltran and all they lost was pujols who wasnt even prime pujols.

04-09-2012, 11:24 PM
Darvish will probably bust if he doesn't shake these nerves. Looked like garbage from my impression. 42 pitches in 1 inning? walking home a run? wow

04-09-2012, 11:25 PM
What a winner this Darvish. He just willed the win after a patchy 1st inning.

Yankee Clipper
04-09-2012, 11:26 PM
Darvish will probably bust if he doesn't shake these nerves. Looked like garbage from my impression. 42 pitches in 1 inning? walking home a run? wow

Can we get a legitimate sample size from him before we start doubting Darvish? Of course he has some nerves, it's his MLB debut.

04-09-2012, 11:35 PM
Nobody should be knocking Darvish this early.

He will calm it down.

04-09-2012, 11:49 PM
He had a REALLY bad inning, but to come back and almost make it through 6, retiring 10 strait at one point, shows the guy has something. Tonight was about a lack of command, not getting knocked around due to weak stuff.

04-09-2012, 11:49 PM
OMG the Mets are unstoppable!

04-09-2012, 11:52 PM
Mets lose Reyes and are winning lol

04-09-2012, 11:56 PM
Mets 4-0 without Reyes...Cards 4-1 without Pujols


04-09-2012, 11:58 PM
In all honesty though...

The Cardinals are legit. They could be better this season too as long as Beltran stays healthy. There offense is still scary good, and Freese is going to absolutely break out IMO.

Also they got Wainwright back. That could help them in the long run this season.

As far as the Mets are concerned...I am just enjoying the ride for as long as it lasts. But, if Santana stays healthy, this could be a surprise team in the NL.

04-10-2012, 12:29 AM
Noesi looked like garbage can't blame him though not with that stacked lineup Hamilton,Kinsler,Cruz,Beltre,Andrus,Young even if it meant not having him for the home opener Felix should of pitched this game.

04-10-2012, 12:44 AM
I've gotten to watch some of Cespedes' games and here's my unprofessional scouting report:

1. He swings really hard.
2. His glove is huge.
3. He's really fast.

But in all seriousness he's pretty fun to watch.

04-10-2012, 01:00 AM
Henderson Alvarez is a stud.

Glad I drafted him in my fantasy league.