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LA Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett says he’ll be ready for season

Josh Beckett (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett said on Monday that he and his right arm will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.

The 33-year-old last July had a rib removed by surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm.

He and recently-signed Paul Maholm will compete for the fifth spot in the Dodgers pitching-rich rotation.

Beckett started his career with the Florida Marlins and has also played for the Boston Red Sox.

His career stats are impressive: 132 wins 100 losses, with an ERA of 3.94, 1,794 strikeouts. He has been an All-Star three times and a World Series champion twice.

Alfonso Soriano remains hot at the plate since trade to Yankees

When Alfonso Soriano was with the Chicago Cubs, everybody felt that he was not living up to his potential. But he was happy playing in the Windy City.

Playing on a losing team, even the top players sometimes can’t play up to their own standards more less those of fans and the media.

Alfonso Soriano (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Since his return to the New York Yankees in a trade recently, he has eight home runs with 26 RBI’s, 18 in his past four games with 13 hits and has won several games with his bat.

Soriano always said he liked playing for the Yankees and never wanted to be traded to Texas in 2004 by New York.

Friday night in a 10-3 waxing of the Boston Red Sox, Soriano collected four RBI’s as the Yankees won for the fifth time in six games.

 

Cincinnati Reds, a popular team on the internet

(By OCAL, courtesy Clker.com)

Every baseball fan knows the popular teams due to history are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Cincinnati Reds are among those teams as well.

The Reds were ranked 10th in the latest Yahoo! rankings of the most searched Major League Baseball teams on the world wide web in the past year.

Cincinnati plays in the smallest market of any of the top nine most searched teams, but finished higher than teams in much larger cities Philadelphia Phillies (11th) and the Chicago White Sox (13th).

The Detroit Tigers, the defending American League champions are first followed by the Yankees.

Former pitching phenom Mark Prior making comeback with Reds

Mark Prior with Cubs (photo by UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

For the fourth straight Spring Training, former MLB pitching phenom, Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.

Now 32 years old, the righthanded Prior has signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.

Prior was fantastic with the Chicago Cubs from 2002-2006. He had a won-lost record of 42-29 with an ERA of 3.51 with 757 strikeouts. The San Diego, California native was an All-Star in 2003.

His MLB career ended when he endured various injuries totaling 12 trips to the disabled list.

Prior has not pitched in the major leagues since 2006.

He pitched in the minor leagues last season with the Boston Red Sox at Triple-A Pawtucket, appearing in 19 games with a 3.96 ERA.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, MLB news

 

Dice-K, Indians pitchers slow down Reds bats in 3-0 win

Daisuke Matsuzaka (photo by Mori Chan, UCinternational via wikipedia commons)

Daisuke Matsuzaka, aka Dice-K, pitched two scoreless innings and seven Cleveland Indians pitchers combined on a one-hitter, leading to a 3-0 split-squad win over the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear, Arizona.

The Indians are taking a gamble on the right-handed Matsuzaka, who had arm problems the last few seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

The Japanese fireballer had Tommy John sugery in 2011 which led to him only getting 11 starts in 2012.

The bright spot for the Reds were Sam LeCure and Manny Parra who each threw two scoreless innings on Sunday.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

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