2013 March

4thThe latest Yankee casualty occurs when GM Brian Cashman sustains a broken fibula and a dislocated right ankle jumping out of a U.S, Army plane in Florida.  Cashman was jumping for charity. On the 6th, Milwaukee GM Bob Melvin will be bitten by a scorpion in Arizona.

9thThe U.S. eliminates Mexico in the WBC with a 5-2 win. David Wright provides the margin with a grand slam.

The Yankees are rumored to be pursuing Derrek Lee to play 1B for the injured Mark Teixeira. Lee, retired, last played in 2011 for the Orioles and Pirates.  No deal will occur.

10thTrailing by a run in the 8th, the U.S. team rallies to beat Canada, 9-4, in the WBC. The U.S. advances to the next round and will play Puerto Rico.

The defending champion Japan advances in the WBC with a 16-4 win over the Netherlands in Tokyo. Japan has 6 homers in the game, stopped in the 7thbecause of the 10-run disparity.

13thThe White Sox agree to a 5-year contract extension worth $32.5 million with 23-year-old ace Chris Sale. Sale went 17-8 last season.

17thRuth Ann Steinhagen dies at age 83. She was the woman who shot Phillies 1B Eddie Waitkus in 1949, inspiring a similar incident in Bernard Malamud’s novel, The Natural.

19thThe Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, 3-0, to win the World Baseball Classic. Jose Reyes hits a triple in the 7thfor the unbeaten  D.R. team. Robinson Cano is named the Most Valuable Player of the Classic.

At Clearwater, Derek Jeter is scratched from the lineup because he can’t get his injured ankle loose. An ominous sign as the Yankees lose, 4-1, to the Phillies.

20thThe Diamondbacks send SS John McDonald to the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

25thThe Brewers sign free agent P Kyle Lohse to a 3-year contract. The 35-year-old veteran posted a stellar 16-3 record last season with the Cardinals. Lohse is used to late signings, having inked his contract with St. Louis on March 13 of 2008.

26thThe Yankees obtain OF Vernon Wells from the Angels in exchange for minor leaguers Esircado Cayones (OF) and Kramer Sneed (P). The Angels will eat most of Wells’ salary.

28thThe Mets announce that Johann Santana has suffered a re-tear in his anterior capsule in his pitching arm and will undergo season-ending surgery. The 34-year-old is in his final year of his $137.5 million contract with New York.

29thIn their first game in the newly renovated Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers beat the Angels, 9-8, in the second of a three-game Freeway Series. A.J. Ellis belts a grand slam to center field in the 1st, but Mike Trout clouts a 3-run homer in the 4thto cut the Dodger lead to 8-7. Angels starter Jason Vargas struggles in his final outing of spring training, allowing up eight runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.

30thThe Yankees, 14-18 in the Grapefruit League, close out their exhibition season with a 10-5 victory over West Point. Andy Pettitte sits in the Army dugout and gives tips on how to get the Yankee batters out. The Royals were the top finishers in the Cactus League with a record of 25-7, while Baltimore topped the Grapefruit League with a 19-9 mark.  Bryce Harper was the top spring hitter with a .478 mark (32-for-67).

31stThe Astros open the 2013 MLB season with an 8-2 win over the Rangers. Astro CF Justin Maxwell has a pair of triples in Houston’s first game as an AL team, having switched leagues for the new season. Bud Norris gets the win for Houston and Rick Ankiel hits the first HR of the season.