FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 09: Manager Bobby Valentine #25 of the Boston Red Sox smiles during batting practice just before the start of the Grapefruit League Spring Training Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at JetBlue Park on March 9, 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
After Ozzie Guillen's ejection from yesterday's Marlins-Red Sox game, Boston manager Bobby Valentine waved goodbye to him. Though he didn't see it, Guillen responded after the game when he heard about it: "[Bobby V should] go and f--- himself." Get ready for a whole season of this, Boston. Speaking of Bobby V, he and the Sox come to Tampa tonight to take on the Yankees (7:05 p.m. first pitch).
- Despite tossing three shutout innings against the Astros last night, Hiroki Kuroda was unhappy with himself:
Nothing was working. I had about 60 percent, so I had to make adjustments. Francisco Cervelli did a nice job calling the pitches for me. That was a big help.
- Curtis Granderson hit 41 home runs last year but doesn't think of himself as a power hitter. He says his main goal is winning the World Series.
- Fans clearly think this will be Mariano Rivera's last campaign - they gave him a standing ovation in a Spring Training game. When does that ever happen?
- Tonight's starter, Ivan Nova, shares a love for the Leones de Escogido, the Dominican baseball champions, with David Ortiz. Nova talked about the night they won the Dominican winter league -
What a night. When we got to the [the stadium], I got out of the car and everyone saw me and they were yelling: ‘Super Nova, Super Nova. Why don't you pitch for us again?' I saw David, and he came up and gave me a huge hug. Oh, man, we were so happy...
He's the No. 1 fan of Escogido, after me.
- Oakland outfielder Jason Pridie will be suspended 50 games after (twice) failing a drug test. Pridie played in 101 games for the Mets last season.
- The last six times Kentucky's won the NCAA Championship, the Yankees won the World Series (most recently in 1998). Let's go, Wildcats!