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Sunday, March 31, 2013
BOSTON RED SOX
Exciting Bradley Jr. makes Red Sox roster
NEW YORK - Dynamic rookie Jackie Bradley Jr., who patrolled the outfield in Salem last season, has made Boston's opening-day roster and will start in Monday's opener against the New York Yankees.
Manager John Farrell told Bradley, who turns 23 on April 19, the news on the flight to New York on Saturday night.
Taken with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Bradley batted .419 in spring training with a .507 on-base percentage.
Jonny Gomes will move from left field to designated hitter while David Ortiz is sidelined with a right Achilles tendon injury.
To make room for Bradley on the 40-man roster, infielder Mauro Gomez was designated for assignment Sunday.
Orioles place 3 on DL, add Pearce
SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Steve Johnson, left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and infielder Wilson Betemit have been put on the 15-day disabled list by the Orioles.
Johnson, who has a back injury, was put on the DL retroactive to March 23. Wada (left elbow) was retroactive to March 22 and Betemit (right knee) to March 26.
Baltimore also selected the contract of outfielder Steve Pearce from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, a day after the Orioles said he had made the opening-day roster.
A chilly opener for Tigers and Twins
MINNEAPOLIS - Batter up? More like bundle up.
The Detroit Tigers open the season today in frosty Minnesota, where forecasts call for temperature in the low 30s at game time at outdoor Target Field. The wind chill is expected to be about 20 degrees. So the Tigers will need all the heat they can get from Justin Verlander's 100-mph fastballs.
"It's going to be cold but I've pitched in that kind of weather before," Verlander said. "I don't think about it. It's always cold in Detroit on opening day."
But this cold? If the forecast holds true, it has the potential to be the coldest opening day on record in Minnesota, dating to 1961.
Top Marlins prospect Fernandez added to roster
WASHINGTON - Top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez was among seven players added to the Marlins' roster ahead of today's opener at Washington and is scheduled to make his major league debut April 7 against the Mets in New York.
The unexpected addition of Fernandez was made Sunday following injuries to right-handers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. The pair, who had been in the Marlins' projected rotation, were put on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation, Eovaldi retroactive to March 24 and Alvarez to March 27.
Miami also added right-handers John Maine and Kevin Slowey to its 40-man roster along with reliever Chad Qualls, first baseman Casey Kotchman, outfielder Austin Kearns and infielder Chris Valaika.
Iconic bat-maker rolls out new look
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The familiar smell of hot dogs and freshly cut grass on Major League Baseball's Opening Day will be complemented by changes to the iconic Louisville Slugger bat, which is now made with firmer wood and stamped with a new logo.
The 129-year-old manufacturer hopes the harder bat, which is less likely to splinter, and more modern logo will help the family-owned company stay relevant in the sporting good supply market and ahead of competitors in luring younger ballplayers to its products.
The new logo is the first such change since the company dropped the "Hillerich & Bradsby" name from the center of its oval design and replaced it with "Louisville Slugger" in 1980. And the new bats, which are made from a high-grade wood and processed to enhance the surface's hardness, are the biggest change in the hardware since the introduction of cup-ended bats in 1972.
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