March 2, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez (26) hits a triple in the second inning during spring training against the South Florida Bulls at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Here's some notes from around the AL East:
- @JackCurryYES reports New York Yankees IF Eduardo Nunez was scratched from tonight's lineup against the Boston Red Sox. Nunez was hit in the hand by a pitch on Monday, but x-rays came back negative. However, Nunez continues to have serious pain in his hand and had to stop taking batting practice today, looking visibly frustrated.
- 44-year-old Omar Vizquel is impressing at Blue Jays camp and may make his way onto the roster as a utility infielder. Vizquel had two fantastic plays at third, a position he isn't used to, Monday and drove in a pair with a two out single. Vizquel has played 23 seasons in the majors and will be 45 in a month.
- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon will shave his head bald on Thursday for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children's Hospital. Maddon has been known for his eccentric hair styles since joining the Rays, but has never gone bald. "But that's a small price to pay for doing something that is a good thing," said Maddon.
- Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is not concerned with picking an opening day starter. Showalter doesn't like the opening day label, as the successful turnaround of the Orioles pitching depends on all the pitchers, not just one. "It will be somebody, I betcha. I think because we haven't [announced it], it tells you why," said Showalter. "We have a number of candidates. We don't look at it as being the Opening Day No. 1. We look at it as here's the guy who is going to pitch first."