· In what might potentially be Ichiro’s final game at the Safeco Fieldhouse, he ended it with a bang. From 2001 to 2011, Ichiro played for the Seattle Mariners on his way to becoming one of the best hitters in MLB history. While he had other stops, the Mariners will always be the team he considers home. In the top of the ninth inning against Seattle righty Evan Marshall, Ichiro hit his first homerun of the year in his last at-bat. The Miami Marlins lost the game 10-5, but it is a moment Ichiro and his teammates will never forget.
News and Notes
· Veteran free agent outfielder Angel Pagan will not play in 2017. He has not retired and could make a return in 2018.
· According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Toronto Blue Jays plan to call up righties Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence this weekend. They will take the place of injured righty Aaron Sanchez and lefty J.A. Happ.
· According to Douglas Hanks of the Miami Herald, future Hall-Of-Famer Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are teaming up to buy the Miami Marlins. They were originally battling for potential ownership.
· The Washington Nationals have placed lefty Sammy Solis on the 10-day DL with elbow inflammation. The move allowed them to recall righty Joe Ross. He started on Wednesday.
· Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports that the Washington Nationals have taken righty Blake Treinen away from the closer’s role. They will go with a closer by committee with a platoon of Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.
· Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Rangers have outrighted righty Tyler Wagner to Triple-A.
· According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Logan Forsythe has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his big toe. He is expected to miss only a few weeks.
· Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox have slowed down the rehab process for lefty David Price. They are going on a week-by-week basis.
· According to Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com, Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner could be back much sooner than expected. He’s progressing well in extended Spring Training.