Tweet not funny to Napoli

Posted: March 20, 2012

Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was a bit perturbed when Angels pitcher and former teammate C.J. Wilson put Napoli's phone number on Twitter.

Wilson sent a tweet acting as if he was giving his former teammate his number, but instead posted an old phone number of Napoli's. Wilson then deleted the tweet and called it a prank.

Later Wilson tweeted, "Okay I think we've all had a good time, I'm even with mike for saying he can't wait to hit homers off me."

Napoli said he hasn't spoken to Wilson since last season ended, adding that he thought picking up the phone would have been a better solution than going to Twitter.

An intimidating crew

Whether they can get batters out consistently remains to be determined, but the pitching staff in Cincinnati's minor-league camp already holds one distinction - it's the tallest in major-league history.

Led by former N.C. State hoopster Andrew Brackman (a mere 6-foot-10), the Reds also can trot out Logan Ondrusek (6-8), Sean Marshall (6-7), Ryan Madson, Mat Latos and Chad Reineke (all 6-6) and relatively short (by these standards) Jeff Francis, who is "only" 6-5.

History lesson

Jon Lester will start on opening day for the Red Sox. The 28-year-old also started Boston's first game of the 2011 season. He will be the first lefthander to start on opening day in back-to-back years for the Red Sox since Mel Parnell started three straight from 1952-54.

A rare interview

Former Atlanta Journal columnist Furman Bisher died over the weekend at the age 93.

Bisher was famed in the business as the only reporter who ever got an exclusive with Shoeless Joe Jackson after the hitter was banned for life in the fallout from the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal.

Bisher interviewed Jackson in 1949 - the only time the .356 career hitter (third best all time) ever talked to a national publication. (He died in 1951.) The proud former big-leaguer staunchly maintained his innocence.

Quotable

Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey on the settlement between the Wilpon family and the trustee for the victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme:

"I hope it helps them. But I also hope that it will enable them to do what's best for the club. That's how it impacts us."


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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