Around the Majors: Thompson’s death

1) On Sunday, longtime Orioles broadcaster Chuck Thompson died at the age of 83.

2) The Cardinals named Chris Carpenter as their Opening Day starter.

After missing the entire 2003 season, Carpenter had a 3.46 ERA/14 RSAA in 28 starts. He has a 4.59 career ERA, compared to his league average of 4.62, and 7 RSAA in 180 games.

3) The Pirates sent Cs Neil Walker and Carlos Maldonado and P Paul Maholm to the minors.

4) The Mets sent Cs Jesus Flores and John Pachot and Ps Grant Roberts, Philip Huber, Yusmeiro Petit, Jose Rosado and Tim Hamulack to the minors.

5) The Nationals sent 1B Phil Hiatt, 3B Jared Sandberg, INF Rick Short, OF Brandon Watson, C Drew McMillan and Ps Josh Karp, Seth Greisinger, Chad Durbin, Luis Pineda, Micah Bowie and Bill Bray to the minors.

6) On Sunday, Todd Van Poppel left the Mets camp and GM Omar Minaya assumes he’s going to be retiring.

7) The Marlins sent P Rodrigo Rosario to the minors.

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