Marcum gets Opening Day nod after sitting out '09

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Cito Gaston announced that Shaun Marcum will be the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy given that he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery.
Roy Halladay started each of the past seven Opening Days for the Blue Jays, but he’ll be taking the mound for the Phillies in Game 1 this season and with 64 career starts Marcum actually has the most experience in Toronto’s post-Halladay rotation.
He’ll face the Rangers on April 5, and as Ed Price of Fanhouse points out Marcum may not be the only Opening Day starter who didn’t throw a pitch in 2009 if Ben Sheets of the A’s or Jake Westbrook of the Indians get the nod as well.
Jordan Bastian of MLB.com notes that as of now Carl Pavano for the Yankees in 2007 and Scott Erickson for the Orioles in 2002 are the only pitchers since 2000 to start on Opening Day after missing all of the previous season. Pavano and Erickson combined to win just six games in those two seasons, so hopefully things go a little better for Marcum.
In those 64 career starts he’s 23-15 with a 3.85 ERA and 277/121 K/BB ratio in 362.2 innings.

Report: Mets ownership backs Terry Collins

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The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.

Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.

Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.

Joe Mauer becomes first Twin to reach base seven times in a game since Rod Carew

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Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.

ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.

After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.