Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues

2013-03-26T00:00:00Z 2013-03-27T09:36:38Z Cactus and Grapefruit LeaguesThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 26, 2013 12:00 am  • 

• The Diamondbacks released catcher Rod Barajas, a move that makes Wil Nieves the backup to starter Miguel Montero. Barajas, 37, on Arizona's 2001 World Series championship team, was a non-roster invitee to the D-backs this spring.

• Edinson Volquez is set to start on opening day for the San Diego Padres, manager Bud Black said. The Padres open next Monday in New York against the Mets. This will be the third straight year that Volquez has started an opener.He was 11-11 with a 4.14 ERA last year for the Padres.

• Scott Kazmir's comeback has swerved into Cleveland's rotation. Kazmir, a two-time All-Star with Tampa Bay who hasn't pitched in the majors in almost two years, was chosen as the Indians' No. 5 starter by manager Terry Francona. He'll follow Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Brett Myers and Zach McAllister in the rotation.

• Daisuke Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland but is expected to re-sign with the Indians and begin the season with their top farm team. The Indians told Dice K last week that he would not make their opening-day roster, and they had until today to let him go before the Japanese pitcher would have been owed a $100,000 payment under the collective bargaining agreement.

• Jesus Montero hit a grand slam, Michael Saunders homered among his three hits and Seattle hammered Homer Bailey in a 16-0 rout of Cincinnati on Monday. Saunders connected off Bailey, and Montero's slam came off Wilken De La Rosa for the Mariners.

• Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland had a two-out RBI single in the second inning of a 3-1 loss to San Diego - his first hit as a pro, albeit in an exhibition game.

Grapefruit League

• Rookie Shelby Miller, 22, pitched into the fifth inning, then found out he'd won the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation as the Cardinals beat Minnesota 4-3. Miller gave up one run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two. Joe Kelly, who also wanted the No. 5 slot, will make the roster as a long reliever.

• The Mets' Matt den Dekker announced on Twitter that he will not need surgery after he broke his wrist diving for a fly ball Sunday afternoon. "Best possible news no surgery just gotta wear this thing (a cast) for a month," he tweeted.

• Dillon Gee tossed six scoreless innings during the New York Mets' 7-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday afternoon. He allowed just two hits over those six innings, striking out seven and walking none.

• Baltimore designated hitter Wilson Betemit suffered a sprained ligament in his right knee in the fifth inning of Monday's game with Boston. Betemit, 31, who was the Orioles' regular third baseman until the recall of Manny Machado last August, was on first base and running on the pitch when Machado flied to left. He collapsed near second base and was carted off the field. The team says he will be re-evaluated today.

• Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie will start the regular season on the disabled list with a strained rib. He felt discomfort in his left side in an exhibition with Canada's World Baseball Classic team against the Cincinnati Reds on March 6.

• Virgil "Fire" Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in an otherwise dreadful 1952 season and was the last visiting pitcher to toss a complete-game no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, has died. He was 95. The two-time All-Star died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.

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