Corey Patterson rejoins Orioles on minor league deal

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Corey Patterson, who opted for free agency after failing to make the Mariners as a non-roster player this spring, is back with the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract on Tuesday.
Patterson was last a useful major leaguer in his first year with the Orioles in 2006. After coming over from the Cubs for two prospects, he hit .276/.314/.443 with 45 steals and played some outstanding defense in center field.
Unfortunately, Patterson’s performance fell off both offensively and defensively the following year, as he hit .269/.304/.386 in 461 at-bats. He declined further with the Reds in 2008 and he spent most of 2009 in Triple-A, though he did manage to strike out 13 times in 29 at-bats for the Brewers and Nationals.
The Orioles had some room for Patterson because of Felix Pie’s injury, but it’s doubtful that they’ll be in any hurry to call him up. He’s expected to report to extended spring training initially.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.