Memorial fund set up for Christina Taylor Green; Dodgers set up email address for remembrances

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As you surely know by now, one of the victims of Sunday’s rampage in Tucson was Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of Dallas Green. The Dodgers have released a statement with details of how the public can help remember Christina and donate in her memory.  The entire release is here.  Here are the relevant details:

Family, friends and members of the community can share their thoughts and feelings Christina Taylor Green’s passing at greenfamily@dodgers.com. Emails will be compiled in a memorial book for the Green family.  If you prefer to send a letter, it can be sent to:

Dodger Stadium
c/o the Green Family
1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90090

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Christina Taylor Green may do so by:

  • Logging on to the website of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at www.cfsoaz.org and clicking on the link to the Christina Taylor Green Memorial Fund;
  • Contacting the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona by email at christinataylorgreenmemorial@cfsoaz.org, or by calling (520) 545-0313.
  • Checks may be sent to:

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
In Memory of Christina Taylor Green
2250 E. Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85719

There will be a public memorial service for Christina scheduled for this Thursday, January 13 at 1 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, which is located at 8650 N. Shannon Road in Tucson, AZ.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.