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Carlos Silva solidified his claim on a spot in the Cubs' rotation with four shutout innings and Xavier Nady had a two-run double Tuesday, leading Chicago to a 4-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Silva allowed two singles, hit a batter and struck out three in his sharpest outing. Acquired from Seattle for Milton Bradley with two years and $25 million left on his contract, the righty has pitched seven scoreless innings since getting hit hard in his first game.
Nady's RBIs were his first since signing a $3.3 million contract to back up all three outfield positions. He has been limited to DH duties while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm. He doubled again in the eighth.
-- The Associated Press
TURNBOW SUFFERS SHOULDER PAIN, SAYS MARLINS SHOT 'OVER' (5:57 p.m. ET)
Former All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow says his chances of making the Florida Marlins are "over" after he left Tuesday's game with severe shoulder pain.
Turnbow said he was sure he would "be shut down for a while." He exited Florida's 12-3 victory against the Nationals in the eighth inning.
Turnbow walked one batter and hit another before walking off the mound with the team trainer. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday and said surgery was a possibility.
The hard-throwing right-hander had 39 saves in 2005 for the Brewers and pitched in the 2006 All-Star Game. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008.
He threw 10 pitches Tuesday. As he threw a pitch that hit Danny Espinosa, Turnbow buckled on the mound.
-- The Associated Press
Towers was fired by the Padres during the final weekend of the 2009 season after 14 years as their GM.
Towers will scout both professional leagues and amateur players, and evaluate the Yankees' minor league system.
-- The Associated Press
MARINERS PROSPECT ACKLEY HEADED TO DOUBLE-A (3:04 p.m. ET)
The Seattle Mariners have sent second overall draft choice Dustin Ackley to Double-A West Tennessee, where the impressive 22-year-old will likely begin his first full professional season.
Last August, the Mariners and Ackley agreed on a five-year major league contract worth $7.5 million. Seattle has since tried the sweet-swinging former first baseman and outfielder at North Carolina at second base.
He had three hits in 19 at-bats (a .158 batting average) with three RBIs and one error in 10 spring games.
The Mariners have said they expect Ackley to reach the major leagues soon, though he was expected to begin this season in the minors.
Seattle also optioned outfielder Ezequiel Carrera to Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
-- The Associated Press
NATIONALS' DUNN LEAVES GAME WITH BACK SPASM (2:56 p.m. ET)
Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn left Tuesday's split-squad game against the Florida Marlins after two innings because of a spasm in his lower back.
Dunn made an error in the second inning when he bobbled a grounder in the hole by Logan Morrison. Dunn flied out in the bottom half of the inning and left the game.
A team spokesman said the slugger was day-to-day.
-- The Associated Press
DOMBROWSKI TALKS TIGERS TOPICS (1:54 p.m. ET)
Detroit Tigers CEO, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski weighed in on several Tigers topics on Tuesday morning. Among the highlights:
• Dombrowski called pitcher Dontrelle Willis (7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, 4 strikeouts this spring) "a pleasant surprise."
Why? "Because he's thrown strikes more consistently. He worked very hard this winter. And his stuff is fine. ... But the best part is, he's throwing the ball over the plate on a consistent basis."
• Dombrowski said rookie center fielder Austin Jackson (.429 average, .515 on-base percentage) "looks like an every-day player on the big league level. He can go get the ball. He's a quality guy. He works very hard. And offensively, if he keeps doing this all year, we'll be in good shape."
• Dombrowski said Magglio Ordonez "is swinging the bat as well as I've ever seen him swing it in the past. He's driving the ball. But he's done that since the very first day he reported. ... I think the ball has a different sound coming off the bat now, like it has in the past."
-- ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark
In return for the 25-year-old, the Brewers are keeping left-hander Chuck Lofgren. Milwaukee selected him in the Rule 5 Draft in December. To send Lofgren to their minor league system, the Brewers had to work out a deal with Cleveland or offer him back to the Indians for half the $50,000 they paid in the draft.
The 24-year-old Lofgren went a combined 9-11 with a 4.15 ERA between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus in the Indians' system in 2009.
Aguilar split 2009 between Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville. He went 3-1 with a 4.72 ERA and 14 saves. He will report to the Indians' minor league camp.
-- The Associated Press
WHITE SOX CLOSER JENKS DOWNPLAYS BULLPEN SESSION (9:22 a.m. ET)
Chicago White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, coming off a calf muscle injury that shut him down last September, threw a 50-pitch bullpen session on Monday night.
Jenks had been scheduled to throw an inning against the Kansas City Royals. But he says there should be no cause for alarm over the decision to throw in the bullpen instead.
''It's the reason we went out there,'' Jenks told reporters. ''It was necessary to get to the point where we could make sure there was nothing wrong."
''I'm excited about where I am physically and mentally, being able to locate and being down with the ball," Jenks said. ''Where I am now, with a few more sessions like this, the game will become not easy but easier.''
-- ESPN.com news services
ORIOLES CONSIDERING PLAN B AT SECOND (9:09 a.m. ET)
The Baltimore Orioles are facing the possibility that second baseman Brian Roberts might not be ready for Opening Day, due to a herniated disk in his lower back.
Roberts was expected to return to Orioles camp in Sarasota on Monday after undergoing an exam from a back specialist and receiving an epidural injection to help address the discomfort, The (Baltimore) Sun reported. He has yet to play in a spring training game and the team is waiting to see how he responds to treatment.
The team is considering possible trades to fill the position until Roberts returns, though there have not been extensive talks, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said, according to the report.
"We need to do what we can with what we have right here in camp," Trembley said, according to The Sun. "If something happens from outside the camp, we'll deal with it then. We still like to believe that Roberts will be our guy, but we're at the point now where we have to start thinking about the possibility and what we can do elsewhere."
-- ESPN.com news services
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Kansas City also optioned right-hander Brian Bannister to Triple-A Omaha and released right-hander Joel Peralta. Left-hander John Bale, who is recovering from thyroid surgery, was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27.
Manager Trey Hillman said Sidney Ponson would be the fourth starter and work the home opener April 10 against the New York Yankees. Left-hander Horacio Ramirez will be the No. 5 starter but also would work out of the bullpen.
Gload hit .280 in 22 games for the Royals in spring training. He was acquired from the White Sox in 2006 and hit .273 in a career-high 122 games last season.
"As long as there is a uniform on the other side there's an opportunity," Gload said. "I think I can fit in well with a National League ballclub. Ideally, I would have liked to been here. I wish there was a spot."
Kansas City agreed to pay most of Gload's $1.9 million contract. General manager Dayton Moore said the Royals would receive a minor leaguer in the deal.
GLAVINE IMPRESSES FOR BRAVES (8:38 p.m. ET)
Tom Glavine passed his final spring test Wednesday.
The left-hander tossed five innings in Atlanta's 9-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers and will pitch in two minor league games before making his season debut for the Braves on April 18.
"He threw great," manager Bobby Cox said. "That's what he does. He's at the top of his game and when the 18th rolls around, he'll be ready to go."
Glavine gave up three runs and seven hits, including Curtis Granderson's two-run homer in the third inning. Glavine made only 13 starts a year ago for Atlanta, going 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA before his season was cut short by an elbow injury.
He went on the disabled list for the first time in his 22-year career, undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and clean up his shoulder.
"I feel better than I did last week," said Glavine, who leads all active pitchers with 305 wins. "I had some uncertainty about what was left but I feel a lot better now. I just made one mistake. I tried to throw it too hard on a fastball to Granderson and he homered. It happens."
A'S ANNOUNCE ROTATION (8:27 p.m. ET)
Athletics' manager Bob Geren finally announced the team's rotation after Wednesday's 8-8 tie with the Cubs.
Sean Gallagher, who began the season penciled into the No. 2 spot, is now "competing for a bullpen spot," Geren said.
"What I'm looking for from him this spring was to attack the strike zone a little better," Geren said. "I'm looking for his stuff to be a little crisper."
Cahill and Anderson, the A's highly touted pair of 21-year-olds, will each be making their big league debuts. Neither has pitched a regular season game above Double-A. Cahill will start the second game in Anaheim, about an hour from his home in the San Diego area.
"It's awesome," Cahill said. "I'm still shaking. All my friends are already asking me for tickets."
Braden said the news that he was going to get the Opening Day start took some of the sting out of a poor performance against the Cubs.
"When you think about it you've been given a go ahead from an entire organization, a front office, to try and get the season off on the right foot, to try to set the tone," Braden said. "And you know what? I think we're all ready to have this spring come to an end and kind of get it crackin' for real."
TOP TIGERS PROPECTS MAKE CUT (7:09 p.m. ET)
Top Tigers pitching prospects Rick Porcello and Kyle Perry found out Wednesday they made the opening day roster. Porcello, selected in the first round of the 2007 draft, and Perry, Detroit's first-round pick last year, haven't pitched above Class A.
Both were impressive all spring and manager Jim Leyland, who is in the final year of his contract, said he had no choice but to keep them.
"They were better than everyone else we had," he said. "They deserved the job."
Leyland said he had no doubts and it was an unanimous decision between the organization and coaches that the two were ready for the big leagues.
"If people say we rushed them, I will take the blame," Leyland said. "All you have to do is look at them and know they are ready."
Porcello earned a spot in the rotation and Perry will pitch out of the bullpen.
ISRINGHAUSEN TO START SEASON ON DL (6:42 p.m. ET)
Although Rays manager Joe Maddon has not officially set the roster, several important decisions were made Wednesday.
Reliever Jason Isringhausen will begin the season on the disabled list, giving him additional time to build arm strength following elbow surgery. The move won't be made until Sunday, when injured outfielders B.J. Upton and Fernando Perez and reliever Chad Bradford also will go on the DL.
"I only had six innings since elbow surgery, and we all agreed I need a few more innings to get to where I want to be with my mechanics and my arm strength and stuff, so this is the right thing to do," said Isringhausen, who spent the past seven seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and has 293 career saves.
Meanwhile, second baseman Adam Kennedy, first baseman Chris Richard, infielder Ray Olmedo, catcher Michel Hernandez and outfielders Jon Weber and Ray Sadler have been told they will not make the team and will be reassigned to minor league camp after Saturday's exhibition in Philadelphia.
Matt Joyce, obtained in an offseason trade that sent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson to the Detroit Tigers, beat out Justin Ruggiano for a spot as the fourth outfielder -- even if it may wind up being until the April 13 home opener, when Upton hopes to be fully recovered from shoulder surgery.
General manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday that Benson will be a starter, a move that pushes right-hander Scott Feldman to the bullpen. Benson is 2-0 with a 4.76 ERA in five spring games.
Benson, the No. 1 overall pick by Pittsburgh in 1996, missed 2007 after surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff. He was 1-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 11 starts last year for Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia's Triple-A team, before the Phillies released him Aug. 30.
Jason Jennings, a starter plagued by elbow problems the last two seasons, will start the season in the bullpen.
SABATHIA HIT SCARES YANKEES (4:52 p.m. ET)
The Yankees got a major scare in Opening Day starter CC Sabathia's final spring training start. The left-hander had Jason Ellison's line-drive RBI single go off his glove in the second inning of New York's 8-5 win over the Phillies.
Sabathia remained in the game and wound up allowing two runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during a 70-pitch outing.
CARDS PUSH BACK TIMETABLE FOR GLAUS' RETURN (4:42 p.m. ET)
Third baseman Troy Glaus is expected to miss at least two months following a setback in his rehabilitation from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in January. Glaus was originally expected to miss only a few weeks of the regular season. But on Wednesday, the Cardinals said Glaus will be re-evaluated around June 1.
Glaus hit .270 last season with 27 homers and 99 RBIs.
David Freese is the top candidate to start at third with Glaus out. The 25-year-old rookie hit .306 with 26 homers and 91 RBIs at Triple-A Memphis last season.
Glaus traveled to California last week to consult with the doctor who performed the surgery.
Glaus will be in St. Louis for Opening Day on Monday before traveling to Phoenix to continue his rehab.
MARINERS PUT JIMENEZ ON DL, SEND DOWN OLSON (2:32 p.m. ET)
The Seattle Mariners have placed Cesar Jimenez on the 15-day disabled list and optioned Garrett Olson to Triple-A Tacoma, leaving the team without a left-hander in the bullpen to start the season.
Jimenez was placed on the DL with biceps tendinitis, retroactive to March 29. Manager Don Wakamatsu says the team wants Jimenez to be able to throw two innings out of the bullpen and he's not at that point yet.
Olson struggled in two of his last three spring relief appearances, including giving up two runs in two innings on Tuesday.
The Orioles announced the trade Wednesday.
Penn was 3-6 with a 9.31 ERA in 14 major league starts for the Orioles in 2005-06. The right-hander had 10 minor league starts in 2007 and spent 2008 at Triple-A Norfolk because of bone chips in his right elbow. He was 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 21 starts with Norfolk.
Andino has a .201 average (29-for-144) with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 79 games with the Marlins over four seasons. In 2008, Andino batted .206 (13-for-63) with two homers and nine RBIs.
PARK BEATS OUT HAPP AS PHILS' FIFTH STARTER (1:45 p.m. ET)
Chan Ho Park and J.A. Happ both wanted to be the Philadelphia Phillies' fifth starter. But only one could have the job, and the Phillies chose Park on Tuesday.
"J.A. Happ did not lose the job," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Chan Ho Park won it. That does not mean that J.A. Happ pitched his way out of the rotation."
Park, the first Korean to appear in a major league game, wanted to start for the Phillies so he could provide some regular entertainment for fans in his country, which has been hard-hit by the recession. He won it by posting a 2.53 ERA this spring. "Probably [people back home] are very happy and excited about it," Park said, according to the report.
Happ said he would have rather remained in the majors as a reliever than begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley as a starter. "I did all these things to be a big-leaguer," he said, according to the report.
Buchholz, who struggled in 2008, had been sharp in spring training up until Tuesday, when he let up nine hits and six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. He must now wait and see how Brad Penny pitches on Thursday to determine whether he will start the season in Boston or with Triple-A Pawtucket. If Penny has a strong outing, he'll likely be Boston's fifth starter.
"I'm the next guy in line," Buchholz said, according to the Boston Herald. "So I'm just going to keep coming out every day and doing my work and then hopefully something good will come out of it. If Brad's healthy, he's definitely going to help the club, so I hope he has good health and goes out and does what he does. If not, I'll be there to back him up."
"I think, all spring, he set out to make decisions hard for us and he's done a terrific job," manager Terry Francona said of Buchholz, according to the report. "He's picked up his tempo, he's attacking with his fastball, his changeup is starting to have that old life to it, and he's thrown some good breaking balls. We're really pleased with him."
Right-hander Jae Kuk Ryu, claimed on waivers by Cleveland from the Padres on Thursday, was returned to San Diego. The deal was voided by major league baseball, and the Indians would not comment on any injury concerns with the 25-year-old South Korean.
Mujica, a 24-year-old native of Venezuela, was out of options with Cleveland after pitching in relief in parts of the past three seasons for the Indians. In 53 games, he went 3-3 with a 6.04 ERA.
Karstens locked up the job Wednesday, when the team optioned right-hander Virgil Vasquez to Triple-A Indianapolis. That ended a five-week spring training battle in which neither pitcher dominated.
Karstens pitched in seven games, including three starts. He went 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA and allowed 30 hits and eight walks in 23 1/3 innings.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.