Posted by Mack Ade at 12:30 PM
• The Pirates cut 1B Jeff Clement, OF Brandon Boggs, P Tim Wood, and P Daniel Cabrera from Major League camp this morning, leaving them 39 players in camp. None of the four were expected to make the 25-man.
• The Minnesota Twins sent former Japanese batting champion, Tsuyoshi Nishioka to the minors yesterday. I’m sure this wasn’t in the Twins, or Yoshi’s plans when they agreed to a three-year, $9.25mil deal before the 2011 season.
• I found it interesting that Chipper Jones had told Buster Olney days before Miguel Cabrera’s injury that he would not take grounders on that same field because of the dried out conditions.
• Grant Balfour has been named the closer for the Oakland A’s.
• Ex-Boston Red Sox pitching ace, Mel Parnell, has passed at 89 years of age. He pitched his entire career for the Red Sox because that’s what they did in those days. He was the winningest (is that a word?) LHP in Red Sox history.
• Jenna-Louise Coleman announced as the new Doctor Who companion
• Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria has damage to his right elbow and will most probably have TJS.
• The Washington Nationals have announced that Stephen Strasburg will be the opening day starter.