Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has support from veteran Browns receiver Nate Burleson, who said, "I’ll just say this, Johnny’s still the man." Burleson also noted that he is pleased with head coach Mike Pettine’s decision to start QB Brian Hoyer.
Maybe Burleson should focus on staying healthy for once in his career rather than spend his time yapping to the media like some brown-nosing, hapless suck-up. He knows that the club will want to move towards Manziel at some point, but early in the season it will be all Hoyer. That's the way it is and that's the way it should be. Manziel should watch and learn for his first year, as much as he possibly can. That's how he's going to get into games -- by keeping his mouth shut and his eyes open. His time will come, but not yet. Let's get over this already, people. And Burleson just needs to shut his yap.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Danny Santana will be the Twins Opening Day starting shortstop.
Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez were both being considered, but the job was really Santana's to lose. He picked up right where he left off last year, batting .341 (15-for-44), but he did strike out nine times to one walk. We don't expect him to post another .400-plus BABIP this year, so don't expect the batting average to stay as high as it was last season. Analysis: Howard Bender
Tigers released RHP Luke Putkonen.
Putkonen wasn't even on the 40-man roster, so the Tigers had very little expectations when it came to watching him. He posted a 7.36 ERA over 3 2/3 innings and he walked three batters without striking out a single one. He may try to land a gig elsewhere, but he's still never going to have any potential for the fantasy game. Analysis: Howard Bender
Twins optioned Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester.
After batting an incredibly unproductive .206 (7-for-34) this spring, Hicks has lost the starting center field job to Jordan Schafer who will now be backed up by Shane Robinson. We could see Hicks again as his defense is certainly strong, but until he proves he can hit with some consistency, he'll hunker down in Triple-A. Analysis: Howard Bender
Tommy Milone was named the Twins fifth starter.
It wasn't really a strong spring for Milone as he didn't even out-pitch Trevor May in the competition for the final spot in the rotation. But he got the nod for his experience over May. Figure the leash is going to be relatively short though so if he doesn't come out the gate throwing well, it could be a quick hook. Analysis: Howard Bender