Baseball Notes: McCann homers as Joba chills

Posted: March 02, 2014

Yankees newcomer Brian McCann knocked a solo homer against Detroit in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday, while Joba Chamberlain watched his former team beat up on his new club.

"I don't know if I've ever hit a home run this early in camp," said McCann, who left the Atlanta Braves for an $85 million, five-year deal with New York. "I don't know if it's a good sign or a bad sign."

McCann's blast was the only hit Detroit starter Max Scherzer allowed in two innings, but three more home runs led to a 7-4 Yankees win.

Chamberlain did not pitch, but he noticed some changes that have come with switching teams.

"A different uniform and a lot of facial hair," the big righthander said, sporting a beard that the Yankees would never allow.

After seven eventful seasons with New York, Chamberlain signed a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Detroit, joining a retooled bullpen that also includes new closer Joe Nathan.

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will be sidelined for about a week because of shin splints, MLB.com reported. Iglesias has been bothered throughout his career by the problem, which is technically stress reactions in both shins, and the problem flared up again this week.

Ailing Mariner

The Seattle Mariners are shutting down top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker for at least a week, after exams revealed right shoulder inflammation.

Walker flew to Los Angeles to have a second opinion on the shoulder, which has limited him during spring training, manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Walker was expected to take a spot in the rotation, especially since American League Cy Young Award finalist Hisashi Iwakuma has not thrown because of a finger injury. Walker, 21, went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts for Seattle last September.

Australia or bust?

Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke played catch and walked without limping a day after he left his first spring training start with a strained right calf.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Greinke may throw his scheduled bullpen session Saturday and that he is not ruled out from pitching in Australia on March 22 or 23.

Greinke caused a stir last week when he said he had no interest in traveling to Australia for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Dodgers' No. 2 starter backtracked on Thursday, saying he would like to make a start in Sydney.

Trout's big haul

Mike Trout wasted little time in showing off his million-dollar swing.

The Angels' phenom hit a grand slam onto the berm by the left-field foul pole and drove in five runs in Los Angeles' 15-3 win over the Chicago Cubs in Tempe, Ariz.

The Millville, N.J., native agreed to a record $1 million deal Wednesday.

Stadium sharing

The San Francisco Giants are willing to temporarily share AT&T Park with the Oakland A's if their Amercian League neighbors build a new ballpark - as long as the team does not move to San Jose.

"They've got to come up with a long-term plan," Giants president Larry Baer told the San Jose Mercury-News. "Once that's arrived at, then maybe you'll take a step back and say, 'Is there something we can do to be helpful?' As a neighborly thing."

- Inquirer wire services

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