BALTIMORE - APRIL 29: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees is congratulated by Curtis Granderson #14 after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on April 29, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Here's some notes and updates from the AL East:
- The Tampa Bay Rays had their first round of spring cuts, demoting first basemen Juan Miranda and pitchers Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer. The 24-year-old Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA last year and would crack the starting rotations of most big league clubs. The Rays have a wealth of great young starting pitching, including the aforementioned Torres and Archer. Miranda is currently blocked by the resigning of Carlos Pena.
- When asked if he thought Aaron Cook would make the opening day rotation, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, "Will he get enough innings to start in the major leagues at the beginning of the season? I doubt it." Valentine still sees Cook as a starter, not a reliever, so the veteren could crack the rotation later in the year. With Carlos Silva out of the running with shoulder problems, the Red Sox last starter job will likely go to Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubront, or Vicente Padilla
- John Harper of NY Daily News writes the New York Yankees may have big decisions coming up for two of their bigger stars: Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. If the Yankees want to get their payroll below $189M by 2015, they may have to choose between them. Granderson and Cano can both become free agents after the 2013 season.
- Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold, who was hit in the face by a pitch on Friday, hopes to play in Tuesday's game against the Rays. Reimold will visit a dentist today to determine what needs to be done to fix a chipped tooth he suffered in the injury. Good news for what could have been a very scary injury.