Former MVP Looking to Make it with Baltimore

Miguel Tejada will report to the Baltimore Orioles' extended spring training camp today and undergo a physical with the hope of helping out his former club.

According to The Associated Press, the 2002 AL MVP with the Oakland Athletics said Friday that he hopes to join the big league club in a matter of days. Tejada got a $72 million; six-year deal with the O's after the 2003 but was traded to Houston in December 2007.

The 37-year-old said in a phone interview that he felt the same was he did when the A's first signed him to a professional contract out of his native Dominican Republic.

He can fill in at third base, second and short and could even play first.

Tejada hit .239 with four home runs and drove in 26 runs in 91 games for San Francisco but was released in August.
 
Tejada's Freak Injury Leaves Mets Short at Shortstop

Ruben Tejada strained his right quad muscle and will be out for a few games the least after he tripped as he neared first base while legging out a bunt.

The Panamanian shortstop has been a pleasant replacement, taking over the position once held by Jose Reyes. Tejada went 2-for-2 yesterday and in the last nine games has hit .421. Losing him for an extended period of time would be a blow to the team. He is hitting .302 this season.

The team sent him to the hospital to undergo an MRI and find out more about the seriousness of the injury but according to the New York Post, a source told the paper that the results were “not good” and that the possibility of a stint in the disabled list could be an option.

With Tejada unavailable to take his position, the Mets are shorthanded and will start Justin Turner at short. Ronny Cedeno is currently at Triple-A Buffalo on a rehab assignment that begins today and could be activated from the disabled list Friday.

A First Time for Everything

Coming into Saturday night's game in Colorado, Atlanta's Livan Hernandez had amassed 474 starts throughout 17-year-career but the Cuban journeyman was able to finally get his first save to end a seesaw battle between the Braves and the Rockies.

Relieving is something different for Hernandez who has settled into the longman’s role this season for the Braves.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 37-year-old was the first major leaguer to nail his first save after a stretch of so many starts since Detroit's Fran Tanana earned a save on Aug. 2, 1990, over the Yankees, after having made 512 starts.

Hall of Famer Steve Carlton holds the record for the longest stretch, getting his first and only saves on April 9, 1987 for the Cleveland Indians in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez joked that he hoped Hernandez didn't get way over his head and declare himself the team's new closer.

Hernandez knows it's probably the first and last time he's put in such late inning situation.
“That was my first one and maybe it'll be my last one. I don't think I'll be saving another game,” said Hernandez, who has a 3.72 ERA in 10 appearances out of the bullpen.

Boston is the Only Home for Big Papi

Through Boston's rough start this season, David Ortiz has been perhaps the only light of hope for the Red Sox, losers of five straight. They're 11-16 and in last place in the ever so tough American League East.

A notorious slow starter, Ortiz has been a force in the Red Sox lineup while the team tries to find some consistency and climb out of the cellar in the division.

Boston general manager Ben Cherington is happy with the way Ortiz has carried himself in the clubhouse and livened the guys lose.

“It's important. He sits there in the corner of the clubhouse and he's kind of a settling force in our clubhouse. You'll see David whether, he's sitting there just getting ready or joking around, it kind of puts people at ease, ''Like everything is going to be OK,'”, Cherington told Fox News Latino.

Cherington also said that the organization definitely wants to give Big Papi every chance to come back after the year is over and retire as a Red Sox whenever he does decide to hang them up.

The 36-year-old Ortiz is hitting .365, second behind Ryan Sweeney. His six home runs and 22 RBI lead the team. If he keeps it up he certainly will make it interesting for the Red Sox, who would definitely have to look into bringing him back for a multi-year deal, something that Ortiz really hoped to get after both sides avoided arbitration.

“It's remarkable what he's doing to be that consistent year in, year out. He's obviously been a great power hitter. Has great power. Hess known for the walk-off home runs. He's just a good hitter, period. He knows what he's doing out there. He has a great feel of what the pitcher trying to do to him. He uses the whole field. ... Hess pretty locked in right now,” Cherington said.

Adry Torres, who has covered MLB, NFL, NBA and NCAA basketball games and related events, is a regular contributor to Fox News Latino. He can be reached at elpiloto137@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter: @adrytorresnyc.

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