Appel to make spring debut; Pederson impresses Dodgers


Stanford Mark Appel is scheduled to make his first start of the exhibition season Monday when a Houston Astros split-squad travels to play the Washington Nationals and former Cardinal Drew Storen, in his sixth year as a reliever with the Nationals.

Appel pitched two innings on March 5 but developed a strained right forearm and has been limited to a pair of bullpen sessions since.

Stanford grad A.J. Hinch, a former catcher, is Houston's manager. Cardinal grad Jason Castro is the current Astros' catcher.

For more on Appel, visit the Astros site.

Joc Pederson

Palo Alto grad Joc Pederson is hitting .417 for the Los Angeles Dodgers entering play Sunday and appears to have the center field job locked up.

More information can be accessed at the cbsports website.

Dodgers' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez thinks Pederson has as much talent as any outfielder in the game.

"He doesn't have the same physical strength but he hits the ball harder and further than a lot of guys," Gonzalez said. "He's as fast as he needs to be, he has great defensive instincts and he has a great eye at the plate."

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