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J. Mayo offers a brief preview of the AFL season. AFL games can be followed on MLB gameday with pitch f/X active for games played in Peoria and Surprise. The archived pitch f/x data for these games can also be found at Brooks Pitch f/X the next day.
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Beltre and Felix collect 3 hits, while Castillo pitched a scoreless 9th, sitting 95 as he has all season.
On the Caribbean tip, Venezuela and Mexico open their seasons today as well, followed by the Domincan and Puerto Rican leagues.
Against all better judgment, Guillermo Moscoso will be pitching again for Los Leones de Caracas. Despite setting a career high for innings during the 2009 regular season, he elected to push that mark even higher during winter ball. GM pitched for the Leones though February and hardly got a break before spring training (after pitching winter ball in 2009 as well). After losing his FB command for the first time in his career during his poor 2010 AAA stint, you'd think he would take the hint from his arm, especially given his injury history prior to his arrival in TX, and take a long break. But no. He'll make another go of at in winter ball again and I hope it helps him rather than derails his 2011 season.
Martin Perez pitched in the Arizona Advanced Instructs League (AIL) and will also pitch for Magallanes. Yikes. I'd like like the kid to take a break given his injury-prone 2010. I hope TX will have someone there to closely monitor the situation and they likely have some sort of agreement with his club on how he will be used.
UPDATE: Perez got the call for the Navegantes opener and got shelled for 6 runs in 1.1. Ouch.