Darren Daulton diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer


Awful news for the former Phillies catcher. From CSNPhilly.com:

Former Phillie Darren Daulton has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The news comes just over a week after Daulton had surgery to remove two tumors in his brain.

Just read the prognosis info on the Wikipedia page for glioblastoma. Hoping that, like so much other stuff on Wikipedia, it’s in error.

(thanks to Utley’s Hair for the heads up)


Blue Jays name J.A. Happ their Opening Day starter

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The Toronto Blue Jays have named J.A. Happ their Opening Day starter. He’ll face off against Luis Severino and the New York Yankees on March 29 in Toronto.

Based on last season’s stats you’d assume Marcus Stroman would get the Opening Day assignment, but he has been slowed by a right shoulder inflammation this spring. He’ll get three extra days rest to start the season and start the finale of the four-game series against the Yankees. After Happ will come Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada. Jaime Garcia will be the fifth starter.

Happ, 35, is entering the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal.  He went 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts last season.