From the archives, March 31, 2014: Across the state in St. Petersburg, 39-year-old knuckleball pitcher R. A. Dickey will toe the rubber for Toronto. Halfway across the country in Texas, 35-year-old Cliff Lee has the honors for Philadelphia. And all the way out in Southern California, 31-year-old Jered Weaver takes the mound for the Los Angeles Angels. They’re all geezers. They are, at least, compared to the pitcher the Marlins will be sending to the mound on Monday for Opening Night at Marlins Park. When 21-year-old phenom Jose Fernandez fires the first pitch for the Marlins shortly after 7:10 p.m., he will become the youngest National League pitcher to make an Opening Day start since Dwight
At the end of a disappointing season, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are having a little fun this weekend in Houston. Kole Calhoun had a season-high three hits and two RBIs, and the Angels scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally for the second straight game in a 10-4 victory over the Astros on Saturday night. It was the third straight victory in this series for the Angels, who scored six runs in the ninth inning on Friday night to win 10-6.
Detroit Tigers left-handed reliever Kyle Ryan has been dealing with a rib/back issue on his left side. That’s why he hasn’t pitched since Sept. 15. “Got a little fatigue in my back right now,” Ryan said. “Right around the (scapula) area. They said it was supposedly a rib that popped out. We tried popping it back in. They said it was back in a couple times, but I guess it kept popping back out. “When I get extension, it hurts." Asked whether he has dealt with this before, Ryan said: “No, not to this extent.” Ryan said he has no idea how the injury occurred. “A lot of people never find out that that’s what they’ve got going on,” athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. “It pulls the rib a little bit.