The Newberg Report: March 1
Tease: An opposite-field home run and a double by Brad Wilkerson in yesterday’s intrasquad opener.
Tease: Two scoreless innings from Adam Eaton in the game, half his outs on strikes. One single allowed.
Tease: For Joaquin Arias, a double off the center field wall off of R.A. Dickey and a triple to center off of Joaquin Benoit.
Tease: Scoreless frames from left-handed relievers Fabio Castro and Jesse Carlson.
Geez: Washington has reportedly made a pitch to Boston about a trade involving Alfonso Soriano. (Boston apparently wasn’t interested.) Meanwhile, the Nationals signed Pedro Astacio. And across town, Baltimore gave Richard Hidalgo a non-roster invite.
Unease: The Nationals haven’t ruled out suspending Soriano if he continues to refuse a move to the outfield.
"Freeze!": The Rangers are telling lefthander Brian Anderson to relax, for crying out loud. Anderson is apparently ahead of his rehab schedule following July Tommy John surgery, and the club is having to tap the brakes on the full-throttle veteran for him.
High cheese: Roger Clemens, pitching a simulated game in Astros camp on Monday, surrendered a Koby Clemens home run. The next time Koby came up to hit, Dad buzzed Son on a 1-1 pitch, up and in.
Please: My birthday is Friday. If you’re struggling over what to get me, my list contains four items: The Shield–Season One (DVD), The Shield–Season Two (DVD), The Shield–Season Three (DVD), and The Shield–Season Four (DVD). I’ve got some serious catching up to do. Wow.
Tangential tease (Newberg Disease): Boston’s first two picks in the June 1983 draft — University of Texas righthander Roger Clemens, and University of Texas shortstop Mike Brumley.
Brumley is the Rangers’ minor league field coordinator.
Clemens is the Rangers’ only remaining meaningful free agent target.
While they could reunite with the Rangers, they won’t be joined by DeMarlo Hale, who was Boston’s 17th-round pick in that same 1983 draft. Hale is the only sure thing, however, to be in Arlington on Opening Day, albeit in the Red Sox road grays.
The Clemens connection with Brumley runs deeper than any he has with David Dellucci (who spent about six weeks as Clemens’s teammate with the 2003 Yankees), D’Angelo Jimenez (who appeared in seven Yankee games in 1999), or Michael Young (who was somewhere on the back fields in Dunedin in 1998 when he and Clemens had their one Blue Jays camp together).
I don’t know how close Clemens and Brumley are or how much weight, if any, a Brumley sales pitch might carry with Clemens, but I’ll promise you this:
If Clemens signs with the Rangers, I’m sending Brumley a thank-you note.
This disjointed edition of the Newberg Report has been brought to you by a nasty case of spring baseball fever.