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Major League Baseball Spring Training Notes – Week 1 Recap

USATSI_8428109_154224518_lowresHere is the rundown on what went on in the first week of Spring Training.

Grapefruit League:

Outfielder Domonic Brown, who is competing for a spot in the Phillies line-up, is hitting .417 with two homers already. He appeared in 56 games last season with Philadelphia.

Four-time All-Star Twins slugger and former AL MVP winner Justin Morneau is tied for the Grapefruit League lead with seven RBIs.

Disgruntled Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .500 thus far. He hit a career-high 37 home runs last season despite missing 39 games.

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has pitched five innings and struck out seven batters in two Spring starts. Those starts in Spring Training are his first appearances since September 7 when he was shut down for the rest of the 2012 season.

Yankees star Curtis Granderson has a broken forearm and is out 10 weeks. That’s a pretty big blow for the Yankees. Granderson hit 43 homers and had 106 RBIs in 2012.

Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is day-to-day with an injured toe after being struck by a baseball

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is slated to make his Spring Training debut on Friday after discrepancies about his injured hip. Napoli played for the Rangers last season and then signed a free agent deal with Boston worth $5 million for next year but could go up to $13 million with incentives.

Braves catcher Brian McCann finally was able to take batting practice after he had shoulder surgery in October. He’s still likely unlikely for Opening Day but this is a good sign.

claytonkershawCactus League:

Dodgers third baseman Luis Cruz already has two home runs in three games. Cruz played 78 games for Los Angeles last season, hitting .297 with six home runs and 40 RBIs.

Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko leads the Cactus League with three home runs and nine RBIs. He’s trying to win the starting second baseman position, though his natural position is third baseman, which is occupied by San Diego’s best hitter, Chase Headley.

Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first spring start. He went 16-9 last season.

In five innings pitched, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw already has 10 Ks. He won the Cy Young award in 2011 and is a definite threat to win it again.

Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will begin the season on the DL after he suffered a strained lat. The Cubs are still holding out hope he can start on time.

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford suffered a minor setback from Tommy John Surgery and manager Don Mattingly now calls his status for Opening Day “up in the air.” Crawford leads all active players with 114 triples.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus sat out games this week due to a sore bicep from a tattoo he recently got. This was the tattoo in question.

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