Jimmy's New Glove, Galvis' Expanding Role, Roy's Always Ready

Jimmy's New Glove, Galvis' Expanding Role, Roy's Always Ready

A couple of Phillies notes before Joe Blanton takes the mound today at 1:05 (TCN) to take on the New York Yankees. It'll be Blanton's first real start since May of 2011. Placido Polanco will also get his first start of spring.

Jimmy Rollins' glove contract with Nike expired after last season and J-Roll has opted to switch glove makers for the first time in 11 seasons. He'll rock a custom-made Mizuno this season. “It’s not the glove,” he said. “It’s the person using it.” [CSN]

Freddy Galvis knows who the Phillies shortstop is for the next few seasons so the top shortstop prospect in the system has asked to get some work at second and third this spring in an attempt to break into the bigs as a utility guy. "'I think it's a possibility,' said Galvis, who doubled home a run in
Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Yankees. 'I have to find the way to get there. I
want to play in the big leagues. If I have to play a different
position, I'll play it.'" [Inquirer]

Michael Martinez's spring as the team's primary utility infielder got off to a rocky start. He had two errors in Sunday's game with the Yankees. But Cholly isn't worried just yet. “He had a rough day,” the skipper said. “But it’s only the second game
we’ve played. At the same time, you’d like to catch those balls. “Michael did a good job defensively for us last season. One off day doesn’t mean he can’t play defense.” [CSN]

Roy Halladay pitched well in his spring debut on Sunday but did give up a solo shot to Alex Rodriguez. [CSN]

Finally, the best thing you'll hear all day. "Roy Halladay Breaks Snakes," a rap song by 94 WIP legendary caller Flula. For a full review of the song, check out Zoo with Roy's response.

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).