Kris Medlen made things look rather easy from the mound in the Atlanta Braves 8-4 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday afternoon. The 28-year old righty made quick work of the Nats and Bryce Harper, who remains hitless in spring training, as he went three shutout innings of one hit ball and walked one batter. He had command of his secondary pitches and threw 25 of his 39 pitchers for strikes. A good day of work for Meddy who figures to be the Opening Day starter in Milwaukee come March 31st.
Hearing some radio folks talk about the ad man's idea of bringing an AL team to Turner Field. Folks, it's not happening. No way. Period.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) March 4, 2014
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Two-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana has signed with the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year deal worth $3 million dollars. The southpaw veteran, who has 139 career wins and a 3.20 ERA over 12 MLB seasons, is expected to be ready to return to game action in June. He will have his work cut out with a deep lineup of possible starting pitchers for the O's.
New players' union head Tony Clark is starting to pay close attention to the Mets payroll which is expected to be between $85-88 million this season despite the additions of Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon.
Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks has to undergo back surgery and is expected to miss the entire first half of the season. The injury will now place speedster Rajai Davis into the lineup who is 30-for-40 in his career swiping bases.