Max Scherzer threw 73 pitches in 4 23 innings pitched against the St. Louis Cardinals in his first Grapefruit League start this Spring. Max Scherzer gave up five hits and two earned runs in 4 23 innings pitched in his Grapefruit League debut, but more important than the results was the fact that Washingtons 32-year-old right-hander made it through the outing without any difficulty. Scherzer was set back this Spring by a stress fracture in the knuckle of the right ring finger, but told reporters after this afternoons outing that hes fine now and on his way to being ready for the start of the 2017 campaign.
Back in December, when the off-season hot stove was at its scalding peak, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was asked whether his team had any interest in bringing aboard slugging rightfielder Jose Bautista, then plying his wares in the free-agent market after several excellent seasons with the AL East-rival Blue Jays. Despite Baltimore's need for a corner outfielder, Duquette said no, and while he could have chosen any number of reasons why the O's weren't pursuing Bautista-his age (36), his injury history (checkered), his defense (poor), his contract demands (sky high despite all those previous factors), the draft pick compensation attached to him-he picked one that sounded just plain weird: Orioles fans don't like Bautista. “That’s true,” Duquette told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday morning.
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.