Rannking the potential Final Four matchups from most to least compelling
Team USA skipper Jim Leyland talked after last nights win over Japan about the contribution Nationals righty Tanner Roark made in what ended up a 2-1 game in LA. Team U.S.A. used seven pitchers total in their 2-1 win over Japan last night in LA in the World Baseball Classic, but manager Jim Leyland singled one out for praise in his post-game press conference. Roark hadnt pitched in live action since making his WBC debut in a rocky relief appearance against the Dominican Republic on March 11th.
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jordan Montgomery was a very long shot to make the Yankees’ pitching staff when spring training opened. Thursday, the 24-year-old left-hander will start against the Rays in Port Charlotte with a chance to force himself onto the 25-man roster. Granted, the chance is tiny, but the Yankees aren’t ruling it out. “It’s possible,’’ Joe Girardi said Wednesday when asked if the 6-foot-6 Montgomery could make the team, which opens the regular season against the Rays on April 2. “Either role.’’ Montgomery has made 56 of his 60 minor league appearances as a starter and his last relief outing was in 2015, but Girardi hasn’t completely ruled out bullpen work for the hurler, who threw four
Ryan Dempster believes these Cubs are young enough, hungry enough and talented enough to become the first group to win back-to-back World Series since the three-peat New York Yankees built a dynasty with titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. "Nothing can top it," Dempster said.