Nine to Know, March 31

Headlines:

  1. Francisco Liriano unofficially locked up the fifth spot in the Twins’ rotation.
  2. The 47-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer won the fifth starter position in Philadelphia’s rotation over Kyle Kendrick.
  3. Pat Venditte showed his ambidextrous pitching skills for the New York Yankees, giving up one run in 1.1 innings against the Atlanta Braves.

Quote of the day:

  1. “Therapy can be a good thing; it can be therapeutic.”   Alex Rodriguez on the benefits of seeing a therapist.

Happy birthday:

  1. Chien-Ming Wang, 1980
  2. Tippy Martinez, 1950

On this date:

  1. 1968 – The new American League franchise in Seattle officially became the Seattle Pilots. The next season, they officially became the Milwaukee Brewers.
  2. 1994 – The Chicago White Sox assigned NBA superstar Michael Jordan to the Double-A Birmingham Barons of the Southern League; his manager was Terry Francona.
  3. 1995Baseball players agreed to end a 232-day strike after a judge granted a preliminary injunction against club owners.