Notes from earlier today:
- When 49-year-old Jamie Moyer faced 22-year-old Madison Bumgarner today, it was the largest age differential between starting pitchers since 59-year-old Satchel Paige faced 29-year-old Bill Monbouquette on September 25, 1965. Moyer allowed only two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, but lost to Bumgarner and the Giants, 4-2. Moyer did become the oldest pitcher with more than one start in a season.
- For the first time since 1994, the Angels lost after leading by six runs, falling to Minnesota, 10-9.
- Hiroki Kuroda will face the Angels in the Yankees’ home opener Friday.
- If Ted Lilly comes off the disabled list in time to start Saturday, Josh Lindblom is likely to take his four no-hit, shutout innings to the minors. Chad Moriyama argues for avoiding a Lance Cormier fiasco and releasing Jamey Wright instead.
- Dodger Thoughts commenter (and pitcher extraordinaire) 75Dodger passes along an NPR Fresh Air interview with Brad Ausmus.
- The Dodgers’ hot start is summarized nicely by David Pinto of Baseball Musings. Among other things, Los Angeles has a .474 on-base percentage and 1.026 OPS with runners in scoring position and two out.
- Dodger slugging percentages by position in 2012: pitcher .100, first base .190, third base .190, second base .240, left field .292, shortstop .308, catcher .333, center field .720, right field .783.