The team unveiled a plaque dedicated to Santo during the pregame ceremony. It sits right below his spot in the press box and says: “From this booth, Cubs legend Ron Santo signed thousands of autographs for Cubs fans from around the world.”
Santo died on Dec. 3 at the age of 70 from complications of bladder cancer.
The pregame ceremony before 7,186 fans at HoHoKam Stadium also included members of team chairman Tom Ricketts’ family, Mesa mayor Scott Smith and Santo’s son, Jeff.
WHITE SOX: Dayan Viciedo of the Chicago White Sox has a broken right thumb after being hit by a pitch.
Viciedo is expected to be out for two to four weeks,
“It’s a sad day,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. “He’d done everything we asked him to do. Hopefully he can be cured before we break camp.”
CARDINALS: Kyle McClellan got a confidence boost in his bid to make the Cardinals’ rotation on Thursday.
Despite not having his best stuff, McClellan allowed three hits and a run in four innings in a 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
AROUND THE HORN: Documents released by the Florida state attorney’s office accuse Tigers 1B Miguel Cabrera of threatening a manager at a restaurant shortly before the slugger’s arrest Feb. 16 in Fort Pierce on suspicion of drunken driving. ... Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was scheduled for more facial surgery a day after being hit by Brian McCann’s foul liner while standing in the dugout during an exhibition game. A spokesman said it may be another day or two before all details are clear. ... The Phillies rewarded manager Charlie Manuel with a two-year contract extension through 2013, his prize for four straight NL East titles, a World Series championship. He will reportedly be paid between $7 and $8 million total for 2012 and 2013. ... Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland is expected to miss at least a month after straining his left side during a spring training game. Garland hurt himself throwing a pitch Wednesday and an MRI exam revealed a strained oblique muscle. ... Yogi Berra, 85, was taken by ambulance from the Yankees’ spring training game after tripping in the clubhouse. The Hall of Famer was in “good spirits,” and the hospital visit was strictly a precaution.