Marlins ace Josh Johnson could miss Opening Day start with flu

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Josh Johnson could miss his Opening Day start because of “a stomach virus that has worked its way through the Marlins clubhouse the past couple of weeks.”
Johnson was scratched from his scheduled start Friday, with manager Fredi Gonzalez explaining: “We had to kick him out of the clubhouse.” However, according to Gonzalez there’s merely “an outside chance” of Johnson being unable to take the mound for the season opener on April 5.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Gonzalez said, adding that Ricky Nolasco would get the Opening Day nod if Johnson can’t pitch. Johnson made his first All-Star team last season and has pitched brilliantly since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2008, going 22-6 with a 3.34 ERA and 268/85 K/BB ratio in 296.1 innings spread over 47 starts.

21-year-old Gleyber Torres homers twice off of 44-year-old Bartolo Colon

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.

In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:

Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.

So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?