The first thing I noticed this morning is that the Indians have released Diasuke Matsuzaka, which is good news for Carlos Carrasco, as they were competing for the same spot in the rotation.
In Clearwater Sunday, the Red Sox held on to beat the Phillies, 7-6. Ryan Howard smashed his 7th home run of the spring, and this extra-long spring training has most of the regulars ready to go with a week left before the openers. Domonic Brown was 0 for 4, but is still hitting .368. Mike Stutes bounced back from a bad outing last week to get 4 outs, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk. It is still unclear whether Mike has made the squad as yet.
In Bradenton, the Baltimore Orioles scored 8 runs in the top of the first inning, but the Pirates came back and had the game tied at 8-8 going into the 7th, when Pittsburgh brought on Mike Zagurski. Mike got the next 5 outs, but gave up a home run along the way, and was the losing pitcher. He has struggled and time is running out on his chance to make the staff, with a 6.75 ERA..............In Jupiter, Travis d'Arnaud was 1 for 4, scoring a run and driving in another for the Mets in New York's 10-7 win over St. Louis. Travis has been impressing the Mets with his .343 average and his handling of the pitchers, and he is still in big league camp with a shot to sart the year in New York.........In Fort Myers, the Twins blasted the Jays, 14-5. Tyson Brummett tossed 2 frames for Toronto, giving up a run on 2 hits, and is still in the hunt for a big league job. Anthony Gose had 2 walks in 4 plate appearances................Out in Goodyear, Michael Bourn was 0 for 2 for the Indians in their 4-3 loss to the Cubs..........In Phoenix, D'Arby Myers got into the game for Oakland as a pich-hitter and smoked a line drive into a double play. It is still unclear whether D'Arby will go to AA or AAA to start the year............In Scottsdale, Tuffy Gosewisch had a pinch hit single for the Diamondbacks in their 8-4 win over Seattle.
Opening day is a week away!