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MLB Storylines: Masterson to get the ball again on Opening Day

MLB Storylines: Masterson to get the ball again on Opening Day
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March 12, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

With no major signings or trades occurring on Tuesday, there are no "Top Stories." Instead, I will give a rundown of all of the day's news and notes.

Here are the stories from Tuesday, March 11th.

Tribe News

  • Following Tuesday's game, Indians manager Terry Francona named Justin Masterson his Opening Day starter. This will be the third consecutive Opening Day start for Masterson.
  • Masterson also pitched on Tuesday, leading the Indians to a 7-1 victory over the Diamondbacks. The sinkerballer did not give up a hit in his four innings, although he did hit two batters and walk another while striking out one. The Tribe offense pounded out 14 hits, with Michael BournAsdrubal CabreraYan Gomes, and Lonnie Chisenhall collecting two hits apiece. One of Chisenhall's two hits was a two-run homer to right-center field.
  • Cleveland played to a 7-7 tie with the White Sox on Tuesday in a "B" game. Aaron Harang got the start and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits in this three innings. He also struck out six and did not walk a batter. Ryan Raburn and Elliot Johnson each collected two hits in the game.

Others News and Notes

  • The MRI results for Braves pitcher Kris Medlen showed possible ligament damage in his throwing arm. Medlen will have further tests done and will meet with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion before determining his next step.
  • Rich Dubroff of reported that there has been mutual interested between the Orioles and third baseman Manny Machado on a contract extension, but there have been no talks yet as Baltimore's focus is on getting Machado healthy first.
  • Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette told reporters that other teams have gotten in the mix for Ervin Santana recently as some teams have had to deal with injuries in camp, making Santana more desirable. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote that Santana's representatives have been "talking to everyone."
  • Britt Ghiroli of reported that the Orioles have been impressed with second base prospect Jonathan Schoop and that he is making a strong case this spring to be Baltimore's second baseman come Opening Day.
  • The Angels have released pitcher Mark Mulder after the veteran's comeback attempt was cut short due to a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered during agility drills.

User Comments

March 12, 2014 - 1:34 PM EDT
per AJC:

Braves pitcher Kris Medlen spent the past few days coming to grips with the reality that he’s almost certainly going to need Tommy John surgery for the second time in five years, after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow in a game Sunday.

It's a shame because Kris is a good guy (at least from interviews I've seen with him).
March 12, 2014 - 10:04 AM EDT
Braves have signed Santana to a 1-year deal...worth the same as the QO ($14.1M).
March 12, 2014 - 9:30 AM EDT
The Beachy injury along with Melden and Minor finally forced the Braves hand to sign Santana to one year deal.

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