Monday, March 23, 2009

Baseball Notebook

Florida Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco combined with two relievers to throw a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers yesterday. Nolasco struck out eight Tigers in seven innings while walking one and hitting one batter. Dan Meyer and Leo Nunez completed the no-hitter.

Oft-injured Chicago Cubs pitcher Rich Harden could miss his first start of the regular season, this time because of a flu bug. The Victoria native missed a spring start on Friday because of a stomach problem and could get pushed back in the rotation when the real games begin. Harden has only made two spring starts as the Cubs try to protect his shoulder. "If he's ready by the time the season starts, he's ready," manager Lou Piniella told the Arlington Daily Herald. "If he's not, we've got [Sean] Marshall [who will] be ready, and we can throw [Harden] into the fifth-starter's spot and give him more time."

Former big-league pitcher Dennis (Oil Can) Boyd, who recently said he would like to return to the majors at age 49, could suit up for Ottawa in the Can-Am League, according to The Boston Globe. "The ball is coming out of my hand free and easy for the first time in years," Boyd said. "I just want to prove I can throw 100 pitches for 30 starts and dominate."

The Chicago White Sox have reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year, US$15.5-million contract with right-hander Gavin Floyd, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 26-year-old Floyd went 17-8 for the Sox last year with a 3.84 ERA.

New York Yankees rookie centre-fielder Brett Gardner has been one of the surprises of the spring, but even if he beats out Melky Cabrera, the Yankees could still make a trade. They have been reportedly interested in Milwaukee's Mike Cameron. "[Gardner] is a very streaky kid," one major-league scout told The Boston Globe. "He'll have a couple of weeks where he'll get big hits and really be an effective leadoff hitter and another two weeks where you need to hide him as the No. 9 hitter."


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