MLB notebook: Ticket prices rise 2 percent, average almost $28
Major League Baseball's average ticket price rose 2 percent this season to $27.93, the steepest rise since a 5 percent hike in 2009, according to the Team Marketing Report's annual survey.
The average rose 1.8 percent last year after remaining flat in 2012.
World Series champion Boston had the highest average, rising 4.8 percent to $52.32. The New York Yankees, who missed the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, kept their average flat and remained second at $51.55.
The Chicago Cubs were third at $44.16 following a 0.9 percent decrease. The Cubs are coming off their fourth straight season with a losing record and are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.
Reds closer Chapman on the mend
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was relegated to riding in a car in Cincinnati's Opening Day parade on Monday.
Chapman can't work out while he recovers from a significant head injury during spring training. He had surgery on March 20 to have a plate installed above his left eye, fractured by a comeback liner during a game.
He'll see a doctor on Wednesday to gauge his progress. The Reds said they believe he'll be able to return in May.
Guerrero to retire as L.A. Angel
Vladimir Guerrero will sign a one-day contract to retire with the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels announced the honor on Monday, shortly before Guerrero threw out the first pitch on Opening Day at Angel Stadium.
The slugging outfielder hasn't played in the majors since 2011.
The 39-year-old Guerrero played six of his 16 major league seasons with the Angels from 2004-09, winning the 2004 AL MVP award and earning four of his nine All-Star selections.
Around the league
Rangers ace Yu Darvish could get back into the Texas rotation without making a rehabilitation start after coming off the disabled list. General manager Jon Daniels said before the season opener that Darvish “appears to be healthy and strong” after consecutive days of throwing. ... The Red Sox placed right fielder Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring. ... The Diamondbacks released catcher Henry Blanco from his minor league contract and added him to the team's major league coaching staff. Blanco did not officially retire after trying to make Arizona's roster in spring training. ... New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson challenged his ballclub to win 90 games this season. Alderson spoke in no uncertain terms before Monday's opener against Washington. The Mets lost the game, 9-7, in 10 innings. ... New York signed 40-year-old outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league contract. Abreu was released by the Phillies at the end of spring training. ... The Minnesota Twins placed left-hander Brian Duensing on the paternity list and recalled right-hander Michael Tonkin from Triple-A Rochester.
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