Victorino gets support for foundation
Phillies outfielder hosts golf event in native Hawaii
Shane Victorino spent the weekend in Hawaii and played golf at Wailea Golf Club's Gold Course to benefit the Shane Victorino Foundation.
"It's about giving back to the community," Victorino, who launched his foundation in June with a $900,000 pledge to renovate Nicetown's Boys & Girls Club, told MLB.com on Saturday. "It's a good opportunity for people to come out, play a round of golf and enjoy a wonderful dinner for a good cause. It means a lot."
Marshall lends a hand to wheelchair softball: Sean Marshall is one of many Cubs players to be involved in charitable work. The Cubs left-hander participated in a wheelchair softball clinic for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Caring for Kids program.
"I've met a lot of people who have made me become more aware in the community," Marshall told MLB.com. "These kids try so hard and work so hard, and it's so fun to watch how much fun they have. It puts smiles on their faces and makes them happy, and I love that feeling and seeing the happiness in kids' eyes when you give them an autograph. It's a lot of fun. We have a big impact on the community, not only in Chicago, but nation-wide, and I'm able to use that to my advantage."
Adam Jones goes on promotional tour: Adam Jones recently participated in a series of free baseball clinics overseas and enjoyed the opportunity.
"I'm grateful to have this opportunity, because over [in Europe], kids grow up and don't get exposed to it like we do here," Jones told MLB.com. "I think they got about 2,000 kids interested [in the four free clinics], and where I'm from in San Diego, if you combined two leagues, you'd have more than that.
"It just changes your perspective on things. A lot of things."
LaRoche finds a range of ways to support kids: As one of the more active players in the Pittsburgh community last year, Andy LaRoche was the team's Roberto Clemente Award nominee. He hosted children with Down syndrome during each homestand and provided them with VIP treatment. LaRoche also regularly participates in the Pirates Charities Miracle League.
"Bringing kids out, I enjoy it just as much as they do," LaRoche told MLB.com. "It is an honor. It's something that I hope I'll be able to do with kids, as long as we keep finding kids that want to keep coming out and hang with us. If so, I'm more than happy to hang for a little while."
Garland returns to hometown Dodgers for another year: Jon Garland, who had a 2.72 ERA in six games for the Dodgers in 2009, has agreed to a one-year contract with Los Angels and a return home to Southern California.
"It was special just being around the family," Garland, a graduate of Kennedy High in Granada Hills, Calif., told the Los Angeles Times. "It makes a difference to a person."
The deal includes a team option plus a potential vesting option based on innings pitched for a second season. Garland joins Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Hiroki Kuroda as starters for Los Angeles.
Willis is latest addition to Reds' bullpen: Dontrelle Willis, signed by the Reds last week, is viewed by Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty as a viable option in the 2011 bullpen.
"We're open-minded," Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "But we'll start him in the bullpen. If he can get his delivery on track, there may be a starting role for him. But right now, we see him as candidate to be a left-hander out of the bullpen."
Victor Martinez lands with Tigers: Tigers manager Jim Leyland likes the idea of having Victor Martinez in the middle of the lineup and in the clubhouse.
"Victor is a true professional player and professional hitter. There is nothing wrong with his receiving the ball ...," Leyland told Detroit Free Press. "We got him for a lot of reasons, not just his bat. He is a leader-type guy who wants to win. I got a text from Terry Francona telling me how much I'm going to like him."
Saltalamacchia plans to take advantage of opportunity: With Victor Martinez signing with the Tigers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia may have a chance to establish himself with the Red Sox.
"This is the opportunity I've been waiting for," he told the Boston Globe. "I'm glad Victor got what he wanted, but now I need to run with this. Nothing is set in stone, but it looks like I could have an opportunity to earn a spot in the lineup. Obviously, it makes me feel great that the organization has confidence in me."
Saltalamacchia is recovering from an October surgery on his left thumb to repair a torn ligament. He is already throwing and will be swinging a bat soon. Saltalmacchia also hopes the club is able to bring back Jason Varitek.
"That would benefit everybody," Saltalmacchia said. "In the two months I was in Boston, I saw how much trust and respect the pitchers had with 'Tek. That's the guy I want to learn from. If I'm with him, I know I'll be getting all the right information. His presence in the clubhouse is huge."
Duke to get fresh start in Arizona: The Diamondbacks acquired Zach Duke from Pittsburgh for a player to be named later last week. The move gives the Diamondbacks another option in the starting rotation. Duke, who will turn 28 in April, had a 5.72 ERA in 159 innings in 2010 after having a 4.06 ERA in 213 innings in 2009.
"We're hoping that with a change of scenery we can get him back to where he was two or three years ago," general manager Kevin Towers told the The Arizona Republic. "There's still a lot of upside for him."
Boggs signs one-year deal with Brewers: The Brewers and switch-hitter Brandon Boggs agreed to a one-year deal last week. Boggs spent most of 2010 playing for Triple-A Oklahoma City and hit .290 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs in 103 games with a .406 on-base percentage.
"He'll compete in the spring for the last outfield spot," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "If he doesn't make it, he could be Triple-A depth and insurance [if he clears waivers]."
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