The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in MLB’s season opener in Australia, and several former Midwest League players performed well.
Scott Van Slyke (2007-08 Great Lakes Loons) hit a 2-run homer and Andre Ethier (2003 Kane County Cougars) drove in a run for the Dodgers; Mark Trumbo (2006-07 Cedar Rapids Kernels) drove home Arizona’s lone run.
Clayton Kershaw (2007 Great Lakes Loons) earned the win. He gave up one run on five hits and one walk while striking out seven. His counterpart, Wade Miley (2009 South Bend Silver Hawks), took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out eight. Kenley Jansen (2007-08 Great Lakes Loons) got the save.
Roenicke renewed for 2015
The Milwaukee Brewers exercised its club option on manager Ron Roenicke for 2015 and added a club option for 2016. He is 253-233 (.521) in three seasons helming the Brewers, including a franchise-record 96 wins in 2011.
Roenicke was an outfielder/first baseman for the 1977 Clinton Dodgers. He batted .256 with 5 HR, 25 RBI and 14 SB in 76 games. His teammates included Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who batted .253 with 7 HR and 44 RBI in 121 games; Dave Stewart, who went 17-4 with a 2.15 ERA, 15 complete games, three shutouts and 144 strikeouts in 176 IP; Mickey Hatcher, who batted .309 with 11 HR, 53 RBI and 14 SB in 78 games; Max Venable, who batted .271 with 9 HR, 63 RBI and 17 SB in 125 games; and 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, who batted .189 in 22 games.
Baez’s heel is fine
Top Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez left Friday’s spring training game with a right heel contusion. Beat writer Carrie Muskat reported this morning that Baez’s heel is fine, but there was a problem with the cleats on his shoe.
Baez was assigned to minor-league camp today.
He batted .333 with 12 HR and 33 RBI in 57 games with the 2012 Peoria Chiefs.