So we are now a little more than half way through spring training. Just 13 days left before the Yanks open the season (against Boston of all teams) defending title #27 and in pursuit of #28.
Looks like Gardner will be the starting LF, I think his average is up to about .280 for the spring. Randy Winn, Marcus Thames and Jamie Hoffman have all struggled so far and really have not provided any competition for the starting job.
The #5 starter should be announced this week. While I still feel Joba has the inside track due to the time invested over the last season, if solely going by the #'s this spring I think it's Hughes, Mitre, Aceves, then Joba...the only one Joba has arguably been better than is Chad Gaudin.
Refreshing to see the Twins sign Joe Mauer to an extension, 8 years at $184 ($23MM per). Hard to say the Twins got a deal by signing him to "only $23MM", but I think Mauer and his agent definitely gave a hometown discount to the Twins as he would have easily received 8-10 years at $25 per on the open market. He could have just walked away from $50-$70MM by signing that deal.
Syracuse is still in the hunt for the National Championship in basketball as they move into the Sweet 16. Butler should be a tough game for them especially if the big man Arinze Onuaku is out.There has been some major upsets in the tourney this year so far, and the games have been pretty exciting to watch. I've also caught a couple Syracuse lacrosse games, I believe they are ranked in the Top 5, they're 4-1...the one being a 1 goal loss at #2 Virginia...they could repeat as National Champs.